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Barclays sets aside extra £800m over forex probes

Barclays has set aside a further £800m to cover the cost of investigations into foreign exchange manipulation, taking its total forex provision to almost £2.1bn. In its interim results, published today, Barclays made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.34bn for the first three months of the year, a fall of 26 per cent from £1.8bn […]

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Phil Wickenden: Irrational behaviour

Often, when we think we are behaving rationally we really are not. At a wedding last weekend we were forced to park somewhere with a four hour maximum stay, necessitating two additional top-up trips to punctuate the matrimonial merriment (although I did mercifully miss an en-mass “oops up side your head” effort). On the second […]

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Retirement Planning Invitational – June/July 2015

Taking place in June and July in a number of locations across the UK the Retirement Planning Invitational series will focus on uncovering opportunities and mitigating risks in the new pension’s era. The speed with which the radical pension reforms have been introduced has left the industry in a state of shock, and as the […]

HMRC takes bank bonus appeal to Supreme Court

The UK’s highest court is to hear an appeal by HMRC over two offshore schemes used by banks to shield staff payments from tax. The tax office will attempt to convince the Supreme Court that UBS and Deutsche Bank used the schemes to avoid tax in 2003 and 2004, the FT reports. Employees received shares […]

Help to buy – ISAs and LISAs

Melanie Tynan – Financial Capability Project Manager   House prices continue to rise in many parts of the UK with cities like Manchester recording increases of 6.6% and higher in the last year, according to the latest Hometrack house price index*. This can make it seem harder than ever for first-time buyers to get a foot […]

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