Here's today's look at some of the top stories on markets and politics in Europe: HSBC may list U.K. retail bank. HSBC became the U.K.
Bob Diamond, the man who was once dubbed the "unacceptable face of banking", is reportedly working out the final details of his highly anticipated City comeback with a new African banking business.
OneSavings Bank, the bank created out of a rescue deal for Kent Reliance Building Society, is preparing to float on the stock market next year.
Albemarle & Bond revealed a collapse in full-year profits today heaping pressure on the struggling pawnbroker to secure a buyer.
Edward Bonham Carter, one of the longest serving chief executives among the UK's top investment groups, is to step down as head of Jupiter Fund Management.