Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Claire Jones

It seems Sir Mervyn King's eyebrows speak volumes. Image by Getty

The eyebrows of the governor of the Bank of England could become a force to be reckoned with once more.

In the days before the Basel rules, an eyebrow raised by the top man at the Bank — which was then chief financial regulator — supposedly put a stop to any misbehaviour by the banks.

It took slightly more than a raised eyebrow today. But just hours after Sir Mervyn King described Goldman Sachs’ plan to defer bonuses to avoid the 50 per cent top rate of income tax as “disappointing”, the US investment bank backed down. 

The Bank of England. Getty Images

The Bank of England has reaffirmed its plans to tackle housing bubbles by raising lenders’ capital requirements, rather than banning borrowers from taking out certain types of mortgages.

The BoE’s interim Financial Policy Committee, the body set up to safeguard the stability of the financial system, on Monday said it would aim to reduce “exuberance” in the housing market by raising so-called “sectoral capital requirements” that make lenders hold more capital against certain types of loans.