UBS has reported a new asset writedown of 9.6bn, more than doubling its total writedowns as a result of the sub-prime crisis to around 18.5bn.
When the sub-prime crisis first broke in the US, there was an outbreak of collective smugness from the mortgage industry in this country.
A few weeks ago, after one of those industry seminars which you find yourself attending for some mysterious reason and then wonder why you bothered, an IFA asked me what criteria I use to decide what topic to write about this column.
This year is likely to see a rise in discrimination claims after some interesting developments in this area of the law.
The FSA’s internal report into the Northern Rock crisis has revealed a startling catalogue of regulatory failures, including basic mistakes such as not recording key meetings.The report by its internal audit division, covering supervision of the bank between January 1, 2005 and August 9, 2007, when the crisis became apparent, uncovers huge failings on the […]
Mark Martin, Manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap fund Brexit news has caused a wave of turbulence across financial markets, with both UK equities and sterling plummeting in the immediate aftermath. UK mid-caps have borne the brunt of the selling so far, with housebuilders and banks being two of the worst performing sub-sectors. However, for […]
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