UK Banks

The Government Are Banking on Digital

Dan Andersson | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Andersson

Banks have dined out for centuries on being that reliable secure connection for our money, take that away from them and make it an instant automated process and, at least in theory, you're taking away their reason to exist.

Quiz: Which Industries Have Been 'Bailed Out' By The Government?

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics

Tata's decision to sell its UK-based steelworks has prompted calls for the Government to step in and save it. Take our quiz to find out which others h...

Concerning the Future of Deutsche Bank

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with headquarters in Germany and indeed is one of Europe's mightiest financial institutions and the ...

Corbyn Reminds Bankers How Angry He Is With Them

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has accused City bankers of treating ordinary workers like a "cash cow" as he called for more state investment and a new settlement with...

Is HSBC's Voice Recognition For Banking As Safe As It Sounds? Yes, Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Tech

Banking at HSBC and First Direct is about to change in a big way. The bank has announced that it will replace conventional passwords with new biometri...

Why Bank Bosses Partying at Gleneagles Is a Crisis Warning Indicator

Ian Fraser | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Ian Fraser

What is it about the Gleneagles Hotel and the Scottish banks? Is there something in the water at the opulent 1920s Perthshire spa and golfing resort - or perhaps in the generous single malt Scotch whiskies that are often served there - that causes Scottish bankers to lose their minds and embark on crazily ambitious growth plans?

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Imagine you needed to solve the greatest problem facing humanity; a problem that was universally acknowledged and whose solution was an urgent necessity. Most of us would do anything to save a person we love. Surely we would also spend any amount of money, mortgage our futures even, to save the planet, our life-support system, from catastrophic climate change? But with such commitment and devotion comes vulnerability. This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of climate finance.

You shouldn't need a PhD to understand your home insurance

James Daley | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
James Daley

Terms and conditions are a necessary evil in today's complex world. As lovely it would be to have insurance policies without exclusions, and bank acco...

Luyendijk: Don't Blame the Bankers, It's the System That Must Change

Ian Fraser | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Ian Fraser

When trying to interview bankers and other City of London insiders for his Guardian banking blog three years ago - material which later formed the bas...

HSBC Banking Glitch Could Mess Up Your Bank Holiday Weekend Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

Thousands of HSBC customers could be facing a long weekend without their monthly salary, after the bank revealed a banking glitch on Friday. In a p...

The Detriment of TTIP

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Negotiations for the TTIP (and TPP) have been very secretive, and you have to wonder why. If the deal was public, if investigative journalists were able to spread knowledge about this deal, protests would ensue from the awareness of possible detriment...

Tsipras - Hero of the Left or Just Reckless?

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

20th of June saw the London anti-Austerity protests as one of the largest London demonstrations in years, as people turned out to stand against Camero...

Greek Debt Crisis: Creditors Must Moderate Their Demands or They Will Be the Losers

Alan Prout | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Prout

Who knows what the outcome of this latest cliff-hanging crisis will be? I do not know any more than anyone else. But I do hope that European politicians and financial technocrats come to their senses.

Europe's Greatest Challenge? Understanding Its Mandate

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Understanding its mandate & not kowtowing to financiers or extremists. For the political leaders of the European Union, it's easy to lose perspective...

From Reckless Bankers to Reckless Central Bankers?

Alan Prout | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Alan Prout

Almost every day I read someone, usually on the left, bemoaning the excesses of "neo-liberalism". They have good cause. Although there are many problems to which the best solution may well be a market-based one, the idea that this applies to every problem, everywhere and at all times is sheer dogma.

"Reports of Bitcoin's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated" (With Apologies to Mark Twain)

Peter Greenhill | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Tech
Peter Greenhill

A massive Bitcoin price drop since the dizzy heights it enjoyed a year ago, UK clearing banks refusing to open accounts for companies in the sector (even those merely supplying software or services to the sector) and the hacking Europe's largest Digital Currency Exchange, Bitstamp, have all been widely reported and referred to by the naysayers.

Ten Years On, Is Banking Heading to the Crowd?

Anil Stocker | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Tech
Anil Stocker

Peer-to-peer lending is now ten years old, with the first ever peer-to-peer finance platform Zopa, celebrating a decade in business this month. That decade has seen a dramatic change in the banking landscape.

Thomas Tamblyn

Apple And Samsung Pay Are Only As Safe As Your Bank

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Tech

With the launch of Samsung Pay at Mobile World Congress 2015 - and with the Apple Watch just around the corner - the chatter around mobile payments ha...

Communications Breakdown at Britain's Banks

Tom Maddocks | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Tom Maddocks

It's been a dreadful month for HSBC, which has seen its reputation in tatters and its bosses dragged in front of the Commons Treasury Select Committee to answer MPs' questions about what it admitted were 'unacceptable' practices at its Swiss private bank.

HSBC Profits Dive As 'Painful' Tax Furore Bites

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver has admitted the banking giant "disappointed" last year after its annual profits slumped 17%. The group has be...

Banks Are Now Using Touch ID To Secure Their Apps

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech

Two UK banks RBS and Natwest have added Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology to their iPhone apps allowing customers to login using just their thum...

What Has Become of the £375Billion Created by the Bank of England Under Quantitative Easing?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Politicians and opinion-formers, please stop listening to the "moneymen". Go back to first principles and start using some common sense.

Last Chance for Businesses to get Compensation for Loan Mis-selling from Banks

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

What is surprising, as the 31 March deadline to make a claim looms, is that 6,000 customers needlessly sold these so-called Interest Rate Hedging Products have yet to complain out of 7,000 deemed eligible by the FCA.

How Do You Steal $1Bn? You Never Leave Your Room

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech

A criminal organisation has managed to steal $1bn from banks all over the world in what security experts are calling "the most sophisticated attack th...

HSBC Tax Dodge Claims Are Also Rather Awkward For The Tories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics

Britain's biggest bank HSBC helped clients cheat the UK public purse out of millions of pounds in tax by using Swiss bank accounts, according to an ex...