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RBS ponders rival bid for NatWest

Royal Bank of Scotland will decide this week whether to launch a counter bid for National Westminster Bank according to the Financial Times.

The bank is said to be considering a move against rival Bank of Scotland who made a £22bn hostile bid for NatWest last week.

The FT says RBS had previously held discussions with its Scottish rival about a possible joint bid but talks fell through.

RBS chief executive George Mathewson is said to be holding talks with advisers from Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. He is expected to ride to NatWest’ side as a White Knight seeking a friendly union.


b2 launches new marketing campaign

Barclays subsidiary b2 is adding two more Cat marked Isas to its range.The fund manager is launching a mini stocks and shares Isa linked to its Market Track 350 and Cash Savings Account available through its maxi Isa.The cash account offers 5.25 per cent and has a interest rate pledge to at least match the […]

Co-op Bank to launch internet bank subsidiary

The Co-operative Bank will announce it is launching an internet banking subsidiary today according to the Financial Times.The bank says it plans to undercut its traditional rivals and gain an early advantage in the internet banking arena.The Co-op will unveil its range of new low cost products in the next few weeks, it says these […]

Standard Life Bank launches fixed rate bond

Standard Life Bank is launching a three year guaranteed fixed rate bond offering investors 6.5 per cent gross.The bond will be available from September 27 and will mature in July 27, 2002.The minimum investment is £1,000 and the maximum is £100,000.Interest can be paid either on a monthly or annual basis.Standard Life Bank managing director […]


Britannia reports surge in mortgage applications

Britannia Building Society has reported a surge in business with mortgage applications up 47 per cent for the year according to the Financial Times. But the society reported a slight fall in the net interest margin, the difference between the cost of borrowing and the income from lending, to 1.4 per cent. Group profits before […]


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