Santander confirms Royal Bank of Scotland branch offer
Spanish giant Santander has today confirmed a potential £1.8 billion for the 318 Royal Bank of Scotland branches which are up for auction. It is believed that Santander is the only firm bidder for the branches despite the fact that a number of parties came forward when the auction process began. The branches are being sold because of an EU ruling in relation to state aid for Royal Bank of Scotland when the company was on the verge of collapse.
Santander has been picking up UK assets for some time now having bought Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and the savings arm of Bradford & Bingley. If the Royal Bank of Scotland offer is successful, as seems likely, the company will have a 14% share of the UK mortgage market and 10% share of the retail savings market. In many ways Santander has been ahead of the game having changed a number of well-known UK brands to the "Santander" brand thereby escaping some of the growing consumer disdain aimed at the UK banking arena.
Many people expect further consolidation in the UK banking sector with the potential for retail banking and investment banking arms to be separated at companies such as Barclays bank.
Are we about to see a run on Irish banks?
As the banking situation in Ireland continues to worsen there are serious concerns of a significant shift of funds away from the country into "safer" banking systems. The nationalisation of the Anglo Irish bank, and the rumoured similar fate of other leading Irish banks, has impacted heavily upon confidence in the Irish banking system.
As if to make matters worse, the Financial Ser...
Bankrupts unable to open bank accounts
As the number of bankrupts in the UK continues to grow there is concern that many banking operations in the UK are preventing the opening of very simple and non-credit-based bank accounts. There is no legal reason why a bankrupt should not be able to have access to simple banking operations with no credit and no overdraft facilities are available. So why are UK banks doing this? From a banking...Read More
Moody's slashes debt ratings for UK building societies
The UK building society sector was today shaken by a substantial downgrading of debt across the board. A number of well-known UK building societies have seen their debt ratings slashed to junk bond status after a review by the credit ratings agency Moody's. While there have been issues with some building societies in the UK the reduction of some ratings to near junk bond status is a major blow.
Do you know how much it costs to run your bank account?
Over the last few months, as profitability in UK finance sector has become harder to come by, a number of charges have been introduced to the mix, with very few hitting the financial headlines. Many financial operations, such as Halifax, have used the introduction of new European laws to amend their small print and introduce new charges and potentially expensive changes to customer agreements.
Is It Safe To Use Overseas Banks?
As investors and savers look to squeeze the last penny of profit out of their assets it seems as though many in the UK are looking towards the Iceland banking community with 300,000 British residents holding accounts with banks based in the country. While there have been no problems yet there are fears that the smaller banking community of country might not be able to cope with a run similar to t...Read More