Ben Martin, The Times of London

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Recent articles by Ben:

Santander inquiry over ‘strip club visit’

Santander has become the latest City firm to be caught in a scandal over inappropriate behaviour after it hired a law firm to investigate a trip to a strip club → Read More

Profit puts Zopa on track for stock market flotation

Zopa has turned a profit for the first time since becoming a bank in a milestone that takes the digital lender a step closer towards listing on the stock market → Read More

Shares plunge as commodity prices rocket

Investors took fright at soaring commodity prices and sent stock markets sharply lower yesterday because of concerns for the global economy after Russia’s inva → Read More

Why has the rouble dropped and could the Russian economy collapse?

Why has the rouble plunged?The Russian currency markets are reeling after the West imposed an unprecedented set of sanctions on Moscow at the weekend in respons → Read More

Tough Covid rules blunt Hong Kong’s allure

When Standard Chartered held a board meeting in London this week before its annual results, not every director of the emerging markets-focused bank could make i → Read More

Monzo lets staff take three months’ paid leave

The digital-only bank Monzo will allow its employees to take three months’ paid leave as it joins a growing number of businesses that are overhauling their work → Read More

FTSE enjoys biggest rise in five years

Britain’s benchmark share index has shrugged off a resurgence in Covid-19 cases to complete its biggest annual rise in five years.The FTSE 100 finished a → Read More

Return of remote working divides City bosses

While some firms are embracing WFH, others are frustrated that staff have left the office once more → Read More

Why is inflation rising — and what happens next?

Why is inflation rising?The biggest driver that sent consumer price inflation to 4.2 per cent last month was soaring energy prices. Household electricity, gas a → Read More

Britons suffer world’s biggest hit to wealth in pandemic

Household wealth in Britain has suffered the biggest hit of that in any of the world’s major economies this year.Total wealth in the UK slid from $14.6 trillion (£11 billion) to about $13.7 trillion → Read More

Budget summary 2020: the main points at a glance

Coronavirus measures A package to support individuals and businesses and other measures which, according to the chancellor, represents £30 billion of fiscal stimulus.It includes paying statutory sick → Read More

John Lewis slaps on its war paint for men

John Lewis is to sell make-up for men after a trial of male beauty products surpassed expectations. The department stores group will stock bronzer, concealer, foundation, powder and other products in → Read More

Worldpay resists calls for dual listing after Vantiv merger

Worldpay has warned British shareholders that it would be too expensive for the payments giant to have a dual listing in London and New York once it completes the £7. → Read More

M&S and Tesco supplier plots £1bn stock floatation

A supplier of pizzas, ready meals and desserts to Britain’s supermarkets is gearing up for a stock market float that could value it at more than £1bn. → Read More

Lloyds faces a further £400m hit in PPI costs

Lloyds Banking Group will take ­another hit from payment protection insurance mis-selling this week, taking its bill for the scandal close to £18bn. → Read More

Two Britons win appeal against US Libor convictions

Two Britons who were former traders at Dutch firm Rabobank have had their US convictions for rigging the key financial benchmark Libor overturned by an American court. → Read More

Morgan Stanley weathers bond market slump

A painful overhaul of Morgan Stanley’s bond business has borne fruit after the Wall Street giant weathered a downturn in fixed income markets and surpassed fierce rival Goldman Sachs’ trading revenues. → Read More

FirstGroup investors revolt over appointment of former Carillion finance chief

FirstGroup has been hit by the fallout from the implosion of Carillion after shareholders in the bus and transport operator rebelled against the board appointment of the building contractor’s former finance chief. → Read More

Swedish challenger Handelsbanken posts record profits

The Swedish bank that is challenging British lenders on the high street has shrugged-off the Brexit vote a year ago to hail its strongest ever profits in the UK. → Read More

Goldman Sachs dealt a blow by bond trading slide

Goldman Sachs has suffered a 40pc drop in revenue from its bond business during a difficult quarter that laid bare the Wall Street giant’s reliance on trading. → Read More