EU body urges firms to avoid bank derivatives fees

The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), based at the European Central Bank (ECB), said firms using banks to service their derivatives contracts may create extra risks because even for genuine hedging, the contracts are not risk-free.


Charnock to front newly-created Standard Life adviser unit

In the UK the restructure will see the creation of an advisers and investments business unit made up of Standard’s existing retail adviser, proposition, wealth and investment solutions businesses, reporting into Richard Charnock.


Threadneedle to launch RDR share classes

Threadneedle is to roll out a range of commission-free share classes across the majority of its fund range, and waive initial charges for advised UK retail investors, as it makes its proposition ready for the post-RDR world.


DEXIA : says likely to pump money into Luxembourg arm

Franco-Belgian bank Dexia SA said it believes it will need to recapitalise its Luxembourg arm before the latter's imminent sale, which could see it demanding further money from the Belgian and French governments.


Gatehouse Bank buys $52m UK retail asset

The sharia-compliant investment bank bought the 107,000 sq ft building for £33.4m from accountancy firm KPMG, receiver to a failed Irish property company.