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Aldermore management probed ahead of float

The Prudential Regulation Authority investigated the management and governance at Aldermore ahead of the challenger bank’s plans to float the on the stockmarket. The Financial Times reports the regulator launched a review of the bank’s governance last year after chairman Sir David Arculus left the company in 2013. Sources have told the newspaper the regulator […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

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High Court winds up £880k property scam offering 51% returns

The High Court has wound up a scam property fund which took £880,000 from investors and promised returns of up to 51 per cent a year. The FCA says the fund was wound up earlier this month at its request and a liquidator appointed to investigate Hermay’s activities. The regulator says the firm had been […]

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HSBC to consider ditching UK headquarters

HSBC chairman Douglas Flint has promised shareholders the bank will re-evaluate the location of its headquarters. Speaking at a shareholder meeting in Hong Kong ahead of the bank’s London annual general meeting on 5 May, Flint was asked by investors about the location of the bank. According to reports, Flint said: “We are beginning to […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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Wonga records pre-tax loss following £35m customer redress hit

Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]

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UK economy ‘to grow 2.8% in 2015’

The UK economy will take uncertainty created by the general election “in its stride” and grow 2.8 per cent this year, the EY ITEM Club says. The consultancy’s spring forecast, which uses HM Treasury’s economic modeling, predicts gross domestic product will hit 2.8 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2016. This is […]

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Lenders warned over TCF after FOS maximum mortgage age ruling

Mortgage lenders could fall foul of treating customers fairly rules if they apply generic lending criteria following a Financial Ombudsman Service ruling against HSBC, experts warn. The FOS has upheld a complaint against the bank for unfairly rejecting a mortgage application on the grounds of age in the first case of its kind. A couple in […]

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Tory ‘Right to Buy’ extension slammed by political rivals

Conservative plans to extend the Right to Buy programme to housing association tenants were slammed in last night’s BBC opposition leaders debate.  The Tories announced the plans ahead of their manifesto launch last week, promising that 1.3 million tenants could qualify for discounts of up to 35 per cent in seeking to buy housing association […]

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Tribunal upholds FCA ban for PI broker

The Upper Tribunal has upheld a decision by the FCA to ban a former professional indemnity insurance broker. Stephen Allen was issued with a decision notice by the FSA in July 2012, which intended to ban him because he was not a fit and proper person. The regulator said Allen had secretly added a fee […]

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HSBC paves the way to replace chairman

HSBC is reportedly seeking a new chairman to replace Douglas Flint. Sky News reports the bank has appointed headhunters MWM Consulting to specifically replace Flint. HSBC has a long-standing relationship with headhunters MWM Consulting to recruit for non-executive directors.  Flint has served on the bank’s board since 1995, and took on the chairman’s role in 2010. While […]