Tag: Independent Commission on Banking

Online banking to become the norm by 2015

Online banking to become the norm by 2015

By 2015 bank customers will use digital banking more than they use branches according to ‘The New Digital Tipping Point’ report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The survey, of 3000 people in nine countries, suggests that customers are willing to pay up to £10 a month for online banking if they receive convenience and added-value services. These could [...]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
ICB final report recommends ring-fencing

ICB final report recommends ring-fencing

The Independent Commission on Banking’s (ICB) final report has been published today and is recommending that UK banks should ring-fence their retail banking operations. According to the report, ring-fencing would protect banks from riskier investment banking divisions and would “make it easier and less costly to resolve banks that get into trouble”. The ICB, which [...]

September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Proposed ring-fencing will harm economic growth

Proposed ring-fencing will harm economic growth

Leading think tank, the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, believes the proposed ring-fencing of retail and investment banks will reduce economic growth. The think tank’s prediction comes just a week before the publication of the Independent Commission on Banking’s (ICB’s) final report on ring-fencing. The ICB, which was established in June 2010, is considering forms [...]

September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Chancellor to show support for retail banks to be ring-fenced

Chancellor to show support for retail banks to be ring-fenced

In his Mansion House speech this evening, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm that banks will have to ring-fence their retail operations so they are protected from losses from investment banking. The Chancellor is also expected to suggest that banks will have to hold more capital – a recommendation of the Independent Commission on [...]

June 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
ICB calls for more competition among banks

ICB calls for more competition among banks

An interim report published by the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) has said more competition is required in retail banking. The ICB, which was established in June 2010, has until September 2011 to make its recommendations about the banking industry to the Government and one of its suggestions is for banking giant Lloyds to sell-off [...]

April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments More
CBI opposed to bank break-up

CBI opposed to bank break-up

Employers’ group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has today warned about the implications of breaking up the country’s banks. Its warning comes as the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) continues to look into the possibility of splitting up the big banks - a move which could increase competition and choice among high street banks. [...]

February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Ministers threaten banks over lending targets

Ministers threaten banks over lending targets

A report by the BBC has established that bank’s lending targets have not been met and pressure is now mounting for bank bosses to reduce bonuses and increase lending to businesses and homeowners. After talks, the Treasury has made it clear that the Government will threaten to break up big banks unless they agree to [...]

January 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bank chiefs oppose splitting up banks

Bank chiefs oppose splitting up banks

Outgoing Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, Eric Daniels, has today said he is opposed to the proposal of splitting up Britain’s banks, arguing that it will not enhance competition within the sector. Meanwhile, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Stephen Hester, agreed and said breaking up banks won’t improve the outcome for [...]

December 7, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Bank Governor supports breaking up banks

Bank Governor supports breaking up banks

Mervyn King, the Bank of England’s Governor, has expressed his support for breaking up banks - measures that would shake-up the UK’s banking industry. Mr King’s comments come shortly after the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said it was looking at ways to increase competition and choice among high street banks. One option could see [...]

October 26, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Barclays chief expresses concern for bank tax

Barclays chief expresses concern for bank tax

Barclays president Bob Diamond has warned of the dangers that new taxes could have on British banks. The American multi-millionaire, who is set to take over the chief executive role from John Varley next year, made the remarks shortly before the Bank of England unveiled proposals to overhaul the banking system. In a speech at [...]

October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments More
CBI against breaking up big banks

CBI against breaking up big banks

Employers’ group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has today said it is against existing banking giants being broken up. The comments from the CBI come just a few weeks after Britain’s Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said it was looking at ways to increase competition and choice among high street banks. One option could [...]

October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Independent Commission to consider breaking up big banks

Independent Commission to consider breaking up big banks

In a further massive shake-up of the UK’s banking industry, the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) is looking at ways to increase competition and choice among high street banks. One option could see existing banking giants broken up and new names enter the industry. The ICB, which is headed by Sir John Vickers, was established [...]

September 24, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Lloyds/HBOS merger could be scrapped

Lloyds/HBOS merger could be scrapped

According to the Daily Mail, the controversial takeover of HBOS by Lloyds could be scrapped if a Government investigation establishes it has damaged competition. The hasty takeover, which took place at the height of the financial crisis, created a banking giant but has been heavily criticised and has resulted in thousands of job losses because [...]

August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments More