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MPs square up to regulator over duty of care for banks

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal duty for banks to act in the best interests of their customers may be needed, British lawmakers said on Monday, piling pressure on regulators to step up protection of consumers after a string of mis-selling Read more ›

Britain starts search for next Bank of England governor

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he was starting the process of finding a replacement for Mark Carney as governor of the Bank of England. FILE PHOTO: Workers emerge from Bank underground station with the Read more ›

UK regulator agrees water bill price cuts with three firms

(Reuters) – Britain’s water industry regulator said on Thursday it agreed reductions in bills of between 5 percent and 15 percent with three of the country’s main utilities in its draft approvals of their pricing and investment plans for the Read more ›

UPDATE 1-Creditors approve Avianca Brasil plan as antitrust concerns loom

(Adds creditors’ vote results) By Marcelo Rochabrun SAO PAULO, April 5 (Reuters) – Creditors led by hedge fund Elliott Management approved on Friday a restructuring plan for bankrupt airline Avianca Brasil, hours after the country’s antitrust regulator announced preemptively that Read more ›

FCA to curtail investment platform exit fees

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial markets regulator on Thursday proposed a package of measures aimed at improving competition in the investment platforms market, including restricting the use of exit fees. It follows initial recommendations set out last July to help Read more ›

EDF Energy becomes second UK supplier to announce 10 percent price rise

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Electricite de France SA (EDF) is pictured on the facade of a building in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – EDF Energy will raise its Read more ›

Short seller Andrew Left appeals HK market manipulation ruling

HONG KONG(Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Wednesday heard an appeal from short seller Andrew Left that sought to overturn a five-year ban from the city’s financial markets and a fine for market manipulation. FILE PHOTO: Andrew Left, the Read more ›

British banks’ new disputes service too limited, MPs say

LONDON (Reuters) – Big British banks have been criticised by lawmakers for pressing ahead with plans for a new complaints service for small firms wronged by lenders, which they argue is too soft. FILE PHOTO: The City of London from Read more ›

UK watchdog orders shake up of advisers to pension trustees

LONDON (Reuters) – Poor competition in the market for advice to pension fund trustees has resulted in “substantial customer detriment”, Britain’s competition watchdog said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind the Canary Wharf financial district of London, Britain, Read more ›

Britain to force broadband providers to tell customers their best deals

LONDON (Reuters) – Broadband providers in Britain will have to tell customers about their best deals under planned new rules from telecoms regulator Ofcom aimed at tackling a ‘loyalty penalty’ that makes it difficult for long-standing customers to get the Read more ›