Here is our weekly round-up of articles your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the weekend.
House prices are set to rise another 8% in 2014, meaning that the average UK house will qualify for 3% stamp duty, according to the Telegraph.
Here is our weekly round-up of articles your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the weekend
Banking Reform Bill
The Banking Reform Bill could be approved before Christmas after the 200-page bill enters the Lords today, according to the Guardian.
Among the proposals outlined in the Bill is that senior bankers should be tasked with greater responsibility in the event of a crisis, and that high-street and investment operations should be ringfenced.
Shares in RSA fell 7.2% in the wake of chief executive Simon Lee's resignation, according to the BBC. Lee's departure follows Irish unit head Philip Smith's resignation last month after "alleged accounting irregularities were discovered."
Until a permanent replacement for Lee is found, the RSA board has asked Martin Scicluna, the non-executive chairman to become executive chairman.
Experts have tipped the Eurozone PIIG countries - Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece - as promising investment opportunities for 2014, according to the Sunday Times.
US technology companies have also made the list of cheaply priced investments which are expected to deliver decent returns next year as a global recovery starts to take hold.
Bank of England
Bank of England chief economist Spencer Dale has reassured borrowers that there will be no hiking of interest rates until there is a prolonged period of strong growth in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney previously said the Bank will only move rates from 0.5% when unemployment drops below 7%.
Better than expected unemployment figures in recent months has provoked concerns that the Bank may then choose to raise rates sooner than expected.
Putting the tech into protection
Square Mile’s series of informal interviews
Fallout from Haywood suspension
Launching later in 2019
£80bn funds under calculation