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VAT in the UK
Bulls and Bears
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Finance

The Bank of England

The Banks of England and Scotland were founded by the London–based Scottish trader William Paterson, in Click to show or hide the answer
First Governor of the Bank of England (1694–7) Click to show or hide the answer

The first Chief Cashier of the Bank of England was John Kendrick. Appointed on 30 July 1694, he was replaced later that year by Thomas Speed.

Chief Cashier Governor
2014– Click to show or hide the answer 2013– Click to show or hide the answer
2011–14 Click to show or hide the answer 2003–13 Click to show or hide the answer
2004–11 Click to show or hide the answer 1993–2003 Click to show or hide the answer
1999–2004 Click to show or hide the answer 1983–1993 Click to show or hide the answer
1992–1999 Click to show or hide the answer 1973–1983 Click to show or hide the answer
1988–1992 Click to show or hide the answer 1966–1973 Click to show or hide the answer
1980–1988 Click to show or hide the answer 1961–1966 Click to show or hide the answer
1971–1980 Click to show or hide the answer 1949–1961 Click to show or hide the answer
1967–1971 Click to show or hide the answer 1944–1949 Click to show or hide the answer
1962–1967 Click to show or hide the answer 1920–1944 Click to show or hide the answer
1955–1962 Click to show or hide the answer
1950–1955 Click to show or hide the answer
1934–1950 Click to show or hide the answer

Finance Ministers' forums

The original Group of Six (G6) – formed 1975 Click to show or hide the answer

Joined the Group of Six (G6) in 1976 to form the Group of Seven (G7) Click to show or hide the answer
Joined the Group of Seven (G7) in 1997 to form the Group of Eight (G8) Click to show or hide the answer

VAT in the UK

Replaced by VAT in 1973 Click to show or hide the answer
The initial rate of VAT in the UK (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Reduced to 8% Click to show or hide the answer
25% rate introduced for petrol Click to show or hide the answer
Petrol rate reduced to 12.5% Click to show or hide the answer
Rate unified at 15% under Thatcher Click to show or hide the answer
Standard rate increased to 17.5% Click to show or hide the answer
Domestic fuel and power first (controversially) becomes liable, at 8% Click to show or hide the answer
Standard rate increased to 20%; reduced rate of 5%, principally for domestic fuel and power, introduced Click to show or hide the answer

Bulls and Bears

Stock market speculator who buys shares hoping that prices will fall (so they will be cheaper by the time he has to pay for them) Click to show or hide the answer
Stock market speculator who buys shares hoping that prices will rise Click to show or hide the answer

People

First President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (‘the marble bank‘) – 1991–3: French economist Click to show or hide the answer
American businessman, investor and philanthropist, born 1930: nicknamed the Wizard, Oracle or Sage of Omaha (his birthplace) Click to show or hide the answer
Managing Director of the IMF, 2011–(2016): French politician, and the first woman to hold the post Click to show or hide the answer
US financier, said to have made over $1bn profit at the expense of the UK government, on 'Black Wednesday' in 1992 (when sterling fell out of the EMS) Click to show or hide the answer

Other

All Ordinaries (established 1980): stock exchange index of Click to show or hide the answer
French Stock Exchange Click to show or hide the answer
1944 agreement that led to the foundation of the IMF Click to show or hide the answer
Known in the USA as 'Savings & Loans' Click to show or hide the answer
Insurance: an Actuary's function is to Click to show or hide the answer
The principal French share index Click to show or hide the answer
Lloyd's (of London) was originally a Click to show or hide the answer
Interest calculated on interest already accrued as well as capital Click to show or hide the answer
Standard & Poors, Moody's and Fitch are the 'Big Three' in Click to show or hide the answer
A moderate recovery of a stock following a spectacular fall – a colloquial expression that originated on Wall Street in the 1980s Click to show or hide the answer
Principal Frankfurt share index Click to show or hide the answer
New York share index (average price of selected securities) Click to show or hide the answer
The first company to issue stocks and bonds (Amsterdam 1602) Click to show or hide the answer
US central bank (equivalent of the Bank of England) Click to show or hide the answer
Market in which commodities and currencies are traded for delivery on a specified date Click to show or hide the answer
US financier, said to have made over $1bn profit at the expense of the UK government, on "Black Wednesday" in 1992 (when sterling fell out of the EMS) Click to show or hide the answer
'Bad money drives out good' Click to show or hide the answer
Hong Kong share index Click to show or hide the answer
Stock Exchange term for South African mining shares Click to show or hide the answer
Drawing cheques on committed funds, assuming account will be replenished before cheque is presented Click to show or hide the answer
Bell rung at Lloyd's of London before an important announcement Click to show or hide the answer
Amount of money in circulation – coins, banknotes, current accounts Click to show or hide the answer
US financial aid to Europe after WWII Click to show or hide the answer
Halfway between a dealer's buying and selling prices Click to show or hide the answer
The Italian Stock Exchange is in Click to show or hide the answer
The official interest rate charged by the Bank of England, between 1971 and 1981 – below which it would not lend money; replaced in 1981 by the less formal "base rate" Click to show or hide the answer
If your debts amount to more than your assets (particularly if your house is mortgaged for more than it's worth), you are said to be in Click to show or hide the answer
Tokyo share index Click to show or hide the answer
The collection of securities held by an investor Click to show or hide the answer
Retail and market district of Venice, and hence a similar district in any Italian city Click to show or hide the answer
A tax levied on documents – the oldest tax still levied by the UK's HMRC; introduced in 1694, attempts to levy it in the American colonies were a major cause of the War of Independence; technically abolished for transfers of land (including houses) in 2003, but replaced by an equivalent tax; still applies to transfers of certificated shares (as with land, an equivalent tax applies to transfers of uncertificated shares and other securities) Click to show or hide the answer
Multi–million pound London Stock Exchange computerisation scheme cancelled in 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Low–cost life assurance, only pays if insured dies in named period Click to show or hide the answer
Financial centre of New York Click to show or hide the answer
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development: popular name Click to show or hide the answer

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