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Banks to face tougher capital rules

Banks to face tougher capital rules

Britain's banks are expected to be faced with new rules on their financial health that are tougher than the latest proposed global standards, when the Bank of England publishes the result of a consultation today.

Visa gain drives Dow average higher

Visa gain drives Dow average higher

Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher yesterday.

Barclays reserves £500m for forex

Barclays reserves £500m for forex

Barclays has put aside £500 million to settle foreign exchange rigging allegations as it finalises talks with global regulators investigating the scandal.

BT squeezed in broadband battle

BT squeezed in broadband battle

BT said it had been squeezed by rivals in the cut-throat battle for broadband customers as it reported the lowest level of customer growth for two years.

Shell defies oil price slump

Shell defies oil price slump

Royal Dutch Shell showed signs it is riding out the " volatility" caused by falling oil prices today as it revealed a sharp jump in quarterly profits.
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Sesame fined £1.6m over advice

Sesame fined £1.6m over advice

The UK's largest network of financial advisers has been fined nearly £1.6 million by the City regulator for promoting its own commercial interests over those of its clients.
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House prices hit all-time high

House prices hit all-time high

House prices climbed to another all-time high in October after dipping slightly the previous month, Nationwide Building Society has reported.
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Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank sale

Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank sale

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks are being readied for a stock market flotation after their Australian owner confirmed plans to exit UK banking.
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Apple boss Cook 'proud to be gay'

Apple boss Cook 'proud to be gay'

Apple boss Tim Cook has revealed he is "proud to be gay" and hopes that in publicly coming out he can help others come to terms with their sexuality.
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FTSE lifts despite US rate worries

FTSE lifts despite US rate worries

The end of America's massive six-year stimulus drive and eye-catching US growth figures dominated a jittery FTSE 100 Index today.
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