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Barclays to raise £6.5bn alone

Barclays bank has turned down emergency funding from the government and says it will raise £6.5bn independently from private investors.

The high-street bank announced plans to sell more than £6.5bn of shares to investors to help strengthen its balance sheet as the government pledges £37bn of funding to Royal Bank of Scotland, HBOS and Lloyds TSB.

Barclays says it will not pay a final shareholder dividend for 2008, saving the group £2bn and plans to resume dividend payments in the second half of 2009.


Yield to reason

In case it passed you by over the summer, the FSA has used one of its snappily titled quarterly consultations to try and make a case for retaining the reduction in yield figure to show consumers how much an investment costs.

Firms wait for ECJ ruling on Heyday

UK companies could stop offering insurance benefits to employees if the European Court of Justice rules in favour of the Heyday case, warns Ron Wheatcroft.

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]


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