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Recent articles by David:

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

Top US regulator in the frame for Mark Carney’s job

The chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has expressed interest in the top job at the Bank of England → Read More

Never mind the blockchain, here’s the fax machine

Despite the glamour surrounding blockchain technology, mainstream finance should instead focus its resources on more productive projects → Read More

Asset managers gunning for Hargreaves over Woodford risk disappointment

With investors dumping its stock and regulators taking a keen interest, critics reckon the funds supermarket may finally get its comeuppance → Read More

Woodford debacle risks damage to wider active fund industry

A year ago, it seemed Woodford's problems would not pose a threat to other stock-pickers — now the threat looks all too real → Read More

How to expand the universe of public stocks… and how not to

Two new stock exchanges in the US and UK promise a Big Bang that expands the public investment universe. One has serious drawbacks, however → Read More

Regulators should hold off with audit reforms investors don’t want

Proposals like mandatory joint audits fail to tackle the problem while potentially introducing serious unexpected consequences → Read More

With green bonds, the UK won’t put its money where its mouth is

UK Treasury has no plans to issue bonds for environmental projects despite the government’s pledge to be a leader in tackling climate change → Read More

Asset managers risk turbulence over private jet use

Corporate jet use is a red rag to customers and employees alike; companies would be wise to jettison such allowances → Read More

Forty years after Thatcher, government must show the City some leadership

The Conservatives have been at best disinterested in financial services, but London will lose its hard-won crown if they do not act → Read More

London’s Tulip tower should be a monument to Brexit — either way

London's proposed new tower could be a symbol of a City liberated from the EU's shackles, or an expression of gratitude that Brexit was not a good deal worse — either way, it works → Read More

FCA risks City’s reputation in wrangle over EU share trading

Making it difficult for companies to shift activity out of the UK jeopardises trust in the country’s regulation → Read More