George Hay coordinates European financial coverage and writes about macroeconomics, the euro zone and UK/European financial policy. He covered European banks for Breakingviews during the financial crisis, and has also worked as a correspondent for AFX News and at United Business Media. He attended Edinburgh University and his work has been recognised at the UK’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards. Follow George on Twitter @gfhay
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The UK bank has been fined for cutting corners on a 1.9 bln stg deal for politically sensitive clients in 2011. The temptation for banks to bend the rules for VIPs is just as strong today. But more vigilant regulators are chipping away at the idea that this is business as usual.
Britain is hoping its Help to Buy scheme will get more punters into the inflated housing market. That’s alongside 2.3 bln stg in subsidies to tempt private sector builders to sell at a discount. Even if this somehow creates 400,000 new homes, the rich gain more than the poor.
The European Commission wants a mutualised deposit insurance scheme for banks by 2024. Berlin may be averse to the idea of financing non-German busts. But there are some safeguards, and unpicking the link between banks and states would better avoid trouble in the first place.
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