LONDON Jan 30 The Independent
RBS COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RATE-FIXING - RBS
is facing criminal charges in the United States relating
to Libor rate fixing, according to people with knowledge of the
US HOUSE PRICE SURGE AT FASTEST PACE SINCE 2006 - House
prices in big American cities are increasing at their fastest
rate since the sub-prime crisis, leading to hopes the trend will
boost recovery in the United States.
BANKS TAKE FIRST STEP INTO CHINA'S 'MINI HONG KONG' - China
is moving closer to currency reform that will create a special
zone on the mainland in which the country will experiment with a
free interest rate system.
1.2 BILLION POUND COST OF UK VISA 'OWN GOAL' - Business
leaders warn that Britain is scoring an 'own goal' due to an
'uncompetitive and burdensome' visa system for Chinese visitors,
costing the economy 1.2 billion pounds a year.
EUROPE TAKES SHINE OFF FORD'S 'SPECTACULAR' US RESULTS - Car
giant Ford said it expected to lose 2 billion dollars in
Europe this year as set against a record pre-tax operating
profit of 1.87 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2012 in
CABLE ROCKET FOR FIRMS WITH ALL-MALE BOARDS - Business
Secretary Vince Cable has written to the seven companies in the
FTSE100 which have all-male boards, demanding they appoint women