Bank of England

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12 March 2016 9:00 am

Home The Bank of England arranged for banks to be able to borrow as much money as they needed around…

Brexit is none of Mark Carney's business

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Surely there is a difference between Mark Carney’s intervention in the Scottish referendum last year and in the EU one…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

David Cameron leaves the headquarters of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in 2008 (Photo: Getty)

We must play the blame game over HBOS. How else will bankers learn?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Everyone remembers the names of Applegarth of Northern Rock and Goodwin of RBS, but history may judge the HBOS men…

Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…

Our terrified central bankers have sat on interest rates long enough

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When news broke last Thursday evening that the US Federal Reserve had decided to keep interest rates on hold, I…

George Osborne has bet the house (and other people's houses) on there being no new crash

29 August 2015 9:00 am

When George Osborne visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark  the stock markets of each country promptly fell by about 5 per…

The dinner where laissez-faire banking died

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s deadline did not allow me to report from ringside at the Mansion House dinner, but there was so…

Do you think the age of boom and bust is over? All our party leaders are betting that it is

9 May 2015 9:00 am

After working for Bill Clinton, the political strategist James Carville said he had changed his mind about where power really…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

Storm warning: the world economy’s October troubles aren’t over yet

18 October 2014 9:00 am

October is always a turbulent month, and I’m feeling uneasy about this one. The FTSE100 index, which looked set to…

BP's been punished enough – but not because Americans hate the Brits

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I should declare two connections before I start offering opinions about the latest US judgment against BP relating to the ‘Macondo’…

Why I’ll join the silver stampede to cash in a pension

29 March 2014 9:00 am

At the beginning of the last decade, a young man who claimed to be my ‘premier banker’ paid me a…

There's a revolution — in banking

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The financial crisis is the catalyst for a belated revolution

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

Dear Justin Welby – here’s how you can really take on Wonga

3 August 2013 9:00 am

I’ve been in the pulpit again, this time to salute the centenary of the death of Charles Norris Gray, a…

Don't blame the baby boomers - they had it tough too

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here’s a competition for you: ‘The most irritating discussion on Radio 4 in the past month.’ Answers in not more…

Colonial rule: Why Aussies, Kiwis and Canadians are running Britain

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Men from the Commonwealth – and they are men – are taking over the British establishment’s positions of power

The world is better off without Marc Rich – but his heirs still control the price of almost everything

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Marc Rich, the godfather of global commodity trading who died last week, ‘deserves credit as one of the greatest creators…