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American Bankers' Association
Based in Washington, DC, the ABA represents banks of all sizes on issues of national importance for financial institutions and their customers.

American Stock Exchange
A comprehensive resource for investors and issuers seeking the unique market environment offered at the American Stock Exchange.

Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
APACS is the UK trade association of banks and building societies which exchange payments on behalf of their customers. It also has responsibility for the co-operative aspects of money transmission and other payments-related developments.

Association of British Insurers
The Association of British Insurers is the trade association for the UK's insurance industry.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a global, professional association whose members are dedicated to fighting fraud.

AT&T Toll Free Internet Directory
Online directory - finding people, places and businesses.

Athens Stock Exchange

The Austrian Bankers' Association

Australian Bankers' Association
The Australian Bankers Association (ABA) is the national organisation of licensed banks in Australia.

Australian Payments Clearing Association
APCA sets, manages and develops regulations, procedures and standards governing payments clearing and settlement within Australia.



Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
The Bank for International Settlements is an international organisation which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks.

Bankers Benevolent Fund
The Bankers Benevolent fund is a registered charity for bank employees, past and present, and their dependants. It helps towards the cost of educating children of bank employees who have either died or are unable to work because of ill health.

Bank of England
The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom.

The Belgian Bankers' Association

Belgian Financial Forum
Belgian Financial Forum promotes Research and Prospective Reflection about Finance.

Better Payments Practice Group
The Better Payment Practice Group is a cooperative forum of representatives of the business community and Government that seeks to help improve the payment culture amongst organisations trading in the UK.

British Venture Capital Association
The BVCA represents UK-based private equity and venture capital firms, the vast majority of all such firms in the UK.

Business Europe
Business Europe addresses the issues and needs of European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Business Money
BusinessZONE is the leading virtual community for SME and SOHO professionals.



Canadian Bankers' Association
The Canadian Bankers Association is a professional industry association that provides its members - the chartered banks of Canada - with information, research and operational support and contributes to the development of public policy on financial services.

CIA World Factbook
The United States has carried on foreign intelligence activities since the days of George Washington but only since World War II have they been coordinated on a government-wide basis. Three programs have highlighted the development of coordinated basic intelligence since that time: (1) the Joint Army Navy Intelligence Studies (JANIS), (2) the National Intelligence Survey (NIS), and (3) The World Factbook.

CIFAS - The UK's Fraud Prevention Service
CIFAS is a system for preventing fraud. It allows member organisations to exchange details of applications for products or services, which are believed to be fraudulent, because the information provided by the applicant fails verification checks.

CSR Europe
CSR Europe is a non-profit organisation that promotes corporate social responsibility.

Corporation of London
The Corporation of London provides local government services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the City of London.

Czech Republic Association of Banks.

Association of Cyprus Commercial Banks



The Danish Bankers' Association



Economist is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country surveys.

Euro Preparation Unit - / HM Treasury
the Treasury's euro business website. This site provides guidance on the euro for businesses with trading links with the euro area and also on euro cash for UK travellers.

European Banking Federation
Set up in 1960, the European Banking Federation (FBE) is the voice of the European banking sector. It represents the interests of over 4,000 banks from the 15 EU Member States as well as Hungary, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, with over 2 million employees and total assets of 20,000 billion euros.

European Central Bank
The ECB is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. The ECBs main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and thus price stability in the euro area. The euro area comprises the 12 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999.

European Commission
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union ( It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration.

The Estonian Banking Association



Factors and Discounters Association
The Factors & Discounters Association (FDA) is the body that represents the interests and activities of those UK and Republic of Ireland based companies that provide factoring, invoice discounting, and other forms of asset based finance.

Fawcett Society
Fawcett is the UK's leading organisation campaigning for equality between men and women.

Finance Director Europe
Analysis from Leading Financial Journalists and Finance Directors Throughout Europe.

Finance and Leasing Association
The Finance & Leasing Association is the major UK industry body for the asset finance, consumer finance and motor finance sectors.

Federation of Small Business
The UK's Leading Lobbying and benefits group for Small Businesses.

Foreign&Commonwealth Office Travel Advice
The FCO's consular service is a major operation. Every hour of every day our consular staff around the world are helping British nationals.

Financial Ombudsman Service
The Financial Ombudsman Service provides consumers with a free, independent service for resolving disputes with financial firms.

Financial Services Authority (FSA)
We are an independent body that regulates the financial services industry in the UK.

Financial Services Practitioner Panel
The Financial Services Practitioner Panel is a statutory body representing the interests of the Financial Services industry.

fTLD Registry Services, LLC – founded by leaders in the financial services community – is owned, operated and governed by banks, insurance companies and their respective trade associations from around the world.





HM Customs and Excise
UK Customs & Excise is a Government department with responsibility for collecting billions of pounds in revenue each year in VAT, other taxes and customs duties.

HM Treasury
HM Treasury aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life, with economic and employment opportunities for all.

Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee - Identity theft website
This website has been produced by the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee, a collaboration between UK financial bodies, government and the police to combat the threat of identity theft.



International Banking Federation
The International Banking Federation (IBFed) is the represenative body for a group of key national banking associations.

International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
ICMA represents the interests of the investment banking industry in maintaining and developing an efficient and cost effective international market for capital.

Inland Revenue
Inland Revenue is responsible for the administration of Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Stamp duty and National Insurance in the UK.

Industrial Common Ownership Finance Ltd
ICOM is the Industrial Common Ownership Movement Limited, a non-profit membership organisation promoting and representing democratic employee owned businesses throughout the UK.

Institute of Business Advisers
We are a non-profit making organisation for individual Business Advisers, Counsellors, Mentors and Trainers who specialise in helping small to medium sized business.

International Compliance Association



The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) website.

Just claim
A simple and straight-forward guide to using the civil courts.





Law Commission
Corporate Law and Governance Directorate aims to ensure that this legal framework remains up-to-date and meets the needs of business, shareholders, creditors and consumers.

Link Interchange Network Ltd
LINK Interchange Network Ltd is the Company that operates the LINK® cash machine (ATM) network.

Loan Market Association (LMA)
LMA is a membership organisation dealing with secondary and primary loan business.

Local Investment Fund
Providing loan finance, LIF enables community organisations to move from grant dependency and towards self-sufficiency. London Prepared
Information and advice to Londoners, visitors and businesses on London's preparations for - and responses to - major incidents and emergencies. London Regional Asset Recovery Team (London RART)
The London Regional Asset Recovery Team (London RART) is a multi-force / multi agency team, serving law enforcement and community requirements primarily in the London area.



Management Consultancies Association
The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government.

MIFID Connect
MIFID Connect is a joint project designed to support member firms and simplify the UK implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

Money Advice Scotland
Money advice organisation in Scotland.

Money Advice Trust (MAT)
MAT is a charity formed in 1991 to increase the quality and availability of money advice in the UK.



National Debtline
The helpline that provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies
Support for Start Ups, Micro Businesses and the Self Employed from Enterprise Agencies.

NHS Direct
NHS Direct operates a 24-hour nurse advice and health information service.



Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.



pfeg is an education charity whose mission is for all young people to leave school with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need in financial matters so that they can participate fully in society.

Prince's Trust
UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working.

ProShare (UK) Ltd
ProShare promotes investor education.

Public and Private Partnerships
4ps is the local government project procurement agency.




Regen Net
The information network for regeneration partnerships.

Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART)
The West Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) provides a multi agency approach to reducing crime through asset recovery.

Restore UK
Restore UK is a central agency established by the British banking industry to handle claims relating to accounts frozen under World War II legislation.

RNID is the largest charity working to change the world for the UK's 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people. It does this with the help of its members, by campaigning and lobbying, raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss, providing services and through social, medical and technical research.

Royal Mail
Royal Mail Group plc gives you access to everybody who lives in the UK. Our brands - Post Office, Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide - and our people - are trusted by consumers and business alike.



Scams and Swindles - FSA website
Information regarding scams, swindles and other types od fraud from the FSA website.


Small Business Advice
A free and independent source of information and advice for Entrepreneurs, Owner Managers and Self Employed.

Small Business Gateway
Business Gateway is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Executive and the Local Authorities.

Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG)
The SFLG is a joint venture between Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and a number of approved lenders - banks and other financial institutions.

Small Business Service
The Small Business Service is one of the key driving forces taking forward the Government Action Plan for Small Business published in January 2004.

Social Enterprise London
Social Enterprise London is the heart and voice of the social enterprise sector in London.

Social Firms UK
Social Firms UK is supported by Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust, Phoenix Development Fund and the European Social Fund and Royal Bank of Scotland / NatWest.



Tax tips
The 'TaxTips Manual' from Express Accountancy.

The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers
APCIMS is the trade association for the private client investment managers and stockbrokers.

The Guild of International Bankers
As a representative of the major commercial activity in the City, banking and financial services, the Guild combines the traditions of the City Livery Companies with a modern outlook on the financial services sector.

Thomson Directories Ltd -
Thomson Directories provides information on UK businesses and local communities and their location.

Technology Means Business
TMB independently accredits advisers and organisations that have demonstrated their ability to give high quality advice to SMEs on how IT can help them to meet their business needs.

The Pensions Regulator
The Pensions Regulator is the new regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK.

Trade Association Forum
The gateway to UK trade associations and business sectors.



UK Financial Sector Continuity
Established by the UK's tripartite financial authorities (HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority) to provide a central point of information about work on continuity planning that is relevant to the UK's financial sector.

UK Social Investment Forum
Working with others to promote Socially Responsible Investment -
The Social Investment Taskforce - an initiative of the UK Social Investment Forum, in partnership with the New Economics Foundation and the Development Trusts Association.
Find Unclaimed Money - Unclaimed Property - Unclaimed Funds Worldwide.

United Kingdom Parliament





Welsh Development Agency
The Welsh Development Agency is a sponsored body of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Wholesale Markets Broker's Association
The WMBA is the industry association representing the interests of the money brokers, including the electronic matching systems.

World Trade Organisation
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.


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Response to the Basel Committee's Consultation Document Strengthening the resilience of the banking
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