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Barclays deal talks lift banks higher

The FTSE 100 opened higher this morning at 4,385 and continued to fare well on the back of gains made in the banking sector.

By 9.28am, the index was up 0.5 per cent to 4,384 with Barclays 9.5 per cent higher at 277p following reports that the bank was in talks to sell its asset management division Barclays Global Investors for around £6.5bn.

Lloyds Banking Group jumped 3.8 per cent to 91.10p, Royal Bank of Scotland gained 7.3 per cent to 42.40p and HSBC was up 1.9 per cent to 549.75p.


Skills council pledges to try harder

The Financial Services Skills Council has admitted its performance has not been up to scratch but says it is committed to improving to gain a new operating licence.

A sense of values

Recession, continuing depression in the property market and deflation/inflation threats are all causing us to reconsider our attitude to money.

ASA studying MoneySense ad campaign

The Advertising Standards Authority has launched a formal investigation into NatWest’s MoneySense adverts, focusing on its claims of “impartiality”.

How do you choose the best online service?

By Ross Jackson, senior marketing manager There are many different protection online services available in the market and no doubt you’ll have used a few when submitting protection business. But why should you have to put up with slow, unresponsive sites for your business when you’re used to dealing with slick, modern user experiences in your […]


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