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Greek banks reopened with capital controls still in place

After a three-week long shutdown imposed by the government to prevent a banking system collapse, Greek banks opened their doors on Monday, the very first step towards a return to normal after the deal. However, all the capital controls on financial activities remained in place; the daily cash withdrawal limit of €60 has been replaced with a weekly limit of €420, which mean that Greeks won’t have to queue up to withdraw money every day.

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Britain is at risk, BBA urges government to cut levy

Britain is at riskBritain banks and the Institute of Directors have both called upon the government to take some counter-measures on the bank levy, as bank faces tighter regulatory scrutiny and higher taxes in the country. The country is already on the brink of losing its major ‘financial center’ status, and with HSBC planning to move its headquarters outside the UK, British banks are now facing the bigger burden than foreign banks that run their operations in the UK.

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Greece shuts banks as ECB cuts off new emergency support

Greece shuts banksThe Greece debt crisis took a dramatic turn after Greece shut banks over the weekend and moved to imposed capital controls, to avoid the country’s financial system from collapsing amidst nationwide chaos. Greece will keep its banks closed on Monday and place restrictions on the withdrawal and transfer of money, said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a televised address, as Athens tries to avert a financial crisis.

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Swiss bank account holders warned of inheritance scrutiny

Swiss bank account holders warned of inheritance scrutinyPeople who have anonymous Swiss bank accounts and choose to remain anonymous in the New Year will put their families at risk of coming under increased scrutiny from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a leading tax and advisory firm has warned. Crowe Clark Whitehill says the UK/Swiss Agreement - which came into force on January 1st 2013 - gives Swiss bank account holders the option of paying a one-off levy in March to retain their anonymity, but this route could put the HMRC spotlight on family members when the account holder passes away.

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Metro Bank to support £100m of SME finance

Metro Bank to support £100m of SME finance

Small businesses in London and the South East could be due for a cash injection, after the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that Metro Bank will support up to £100 million of lending through the government's Growth Accelerator service. The programme, which matches companies with business experts to enhance their growth plans and find the necessary funding to achieve them, has been joined by more than 1,000 businesses since it was launched in May this year.

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