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Recent articles by David:

HSBC attempts a familiar balancing act with its investment bank

For second-tier generalists, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make money → Read More

Barclays and Staley will not be able to brush aside awkward questions

Regardless of its outcome, the investigation into Jes Staley over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein could mean change at Barclays → Read More

Why Barclays is resisting calls to cut back on fossil fuel lending

Climate campaigners possibly underestimate the pressure the bank is facing over its performance → Read More

Thiam’s backers fought the board (and the board won)

One of the most striking features of Tidjane Thiam’s ousting from Credit Suisse is how fiercely some of the bank’s US shareholders fought to prevent it. Since Thiam took over in 2015, Credit Suisse shares have fallen by more than 40%. Although it has been a pretty torrid time for most European banks, that is much worse than rivals such as UBS, BNP Paribas and Barclays. → Read More

UK faces complex trade-offs in battle over fish and finance

Whether to favour cod or CDOs may turn out to be one of the government’s trickiest decisions — yet that is only the start of the complexity → Read More

Banks at odds over the evils of coal and cigarettes

What sort of companies should banks refuse to do business with? At Davos, some Wall Street banks took a different line from their European rivals → Read More

Woodford’s rewards for failure highlight an industry fees problem

The current fee structure needs to change, but what are the alternatives? → Read More

The tricky scrabble to replace Andrew Bailey at the FCA

FN's columnist imagines how the search for a new head of the UK regulator is going → Read More

Next FCA chief should be an outsider, say City bosses

An outsider should succeed Andrew Bailey to shake up the embattled City regulator, according to finance heavyweights → Read More

One-nation Boris or reckless Brexit Boris? City must hope for the former

UK finance must do what it can to help the prime minister deliver a stronger, greener and more inclusive economy → Read More

UBS struggles with Orcel legacy as shareholder pressure builds

As equities and Asia go quiet, and interest-rate headwinds get stronger, UBS’s leaders are taking measures to revive the bank’s share price → Read More

City watches calmly while the battle of Brexit rages in Westminster

People running businesses suggest that, at some stage, a challenging certainty is better than continued limbo → Read More

Banks must look beyond ‘polish’ to burnish their image on diversity

A recent BBC documentary has reignited debate about diversity, class and soft skills in banks’ HR departments → Read More

Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly: ‘We believe in the British economy’

The head of the American investment bank and wealth manager on ditching institutional equities in Europe, and why the US will get its own Mifid II → Read More

Time for a new team at struggling Standard Life Aberdeen

Martin Gilbert and Keith Skeoch were the architects of a merger that has proved to be a stinker → Read More

LSE-Refinitiv: A data-driven deal that adds up for the City

Tie-up sends a strong signal as London seeks to bolster its position as an international financial centre in the face of Brexit → Read More

Johnson’s job for Cummings signals a bumpy ride for the City

Cummings’ appointment suggests Johnson wants his government to learn a little from Mark Zuckerberg’s motto ‘move fast and break things’ → Read More

Rothschild’s safe bet trumps Deutsche Bank’s equities gamble

Rothschild is expanding into research and equity trading just as Deutsche is cutting back. Can both be right? → Read More

Teflon Paul: The one job cut Deutsche Bank hasn’t made

German group's chair Paul Achleitner has survived to see his investment banking empire crumble (again) → Read More

Could a deal with Morgan Stanley smooth Thiam’s way to the IMF?

Christine Lagarde’s nomination to the ECB could open up the coveted IMF job. But the timing is awkward for the boss of Credit Suisse → Read More