UK Finance

SERPS, Or A Tale Of Two State Pensions

Ed Green | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Ed Green

Last week's revelations about the gender pay divide at the BBC managed to bury the bad news of another rise in the state pension age. Recently appoint...

Paying The Price: Ten Years Of Human Toll Following The Financial Crisis

Gregor Gall | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK
Gregor Gall

Only full and proper state regulation of our financial and economic systems can prevent such a calamity from happening again. But it will also need state intervention in employment matters to protect workers' interests and to support the creation of stronger unions to help in doing so. For a book that unfortunately will be beyond the financial reach of many, consider getting your union branch or public library to order a copy.

How To Beat Inflation: Three Steps To Make Your Money Go Further

Thomas Church | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Thomas Church

Inflation has hit a record high, but can you beat it? Inflation is now over 2.7% and people are feeling the pinch. Some are even whispering the word...

Put Down The Crystal Ball: Understanding Brexit's Impact On The UK Finance Sector

Rob Brouwer | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Brouwer

In my last blog, I said that speculators had to put down the crystal ball and face facts. Since I last posted, an election has been called and Britain is very much on the campaign trail, which comes with its own distinctive fervor. The discussion around the prospects of some industries can often get confusing, which is why sticking to what the facts are telling us - in this time of electoral uncertainty - are the best way of getting the bigger picture.

How Will The General Election Impact The City? Answer: It Won't

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kerim Derhalli

In this strange dystopian present, the one constant has been inconsistency, and many firms, big and small, in the finance world have learned to expect the unexpected. So, for all this change on the political and economic scenes, the City has actually become one of the more stable epicentres on which the UK's global future continues to rest.

Researches Climate Change, Funds Climate Change: Why Fossil Free UCL Will Escalate

Olivia Goldin | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Olivia Goldin

As a society, we must push all energy companies to become accountable green investors and contribute meaningfully to the global shift away from fossil fuels. Until they do so, we will continue to intensify pressure on our institutions to reject an industry that compromises all of our futures in the name of profit - and, ultimately, remove its social license to operate.

What Next For Carney's Climate Task Force?

Sam Maule | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Sam Maule

As things stand then, under the Task Force's framework companies are unlikely to measure the risks of climate policy failure or rapid climate policy 'success'. That doesn't bode well for their management.

Binary Options Trading: An Explainer

Shihab S Joi | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Tech

Find out all you need to know about the thrilling world of binary options trading and how using a fast, reliable and easy-to-use trading platform can ...

The Solution To The Housing Crisis Comes In Small Packages

Christian Faes | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Faes

The Prime Minister's bold vision to fix the broken housing market once and for all has underscored numerous government policy announcements in recent months. The Chancellor's Budget this week may nod in this same direction, but the property market should not expect a cash windfall or a hand-up from the Treasury in the months to come.

Thousands Relying On 'Bank Of Mum And Dad' To Afford Cost Of Living With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than 30,000 middle-aged people are being forced to borrow money from their parents because of the high cost of living with cancer, a new report h...

Mnuchin's Latest Production: A Regulatory "Back To The Future"

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary? Surely, this is a good thing, a man who knows the markets, a hard headed hedge-fund manager and successful busin...

Standing Out From The Crowd - How Can Businesses Find Their Millennial Talent?

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Kerim Derhalli

Look at me! Pick me! Listen to me! The tendency of the modern world is that those who shout loudest get the furthest. For young people, pressure to s...

Financial Goals Dominate 2017 Resolutions And Here's How To Stick To Them

Jacqueline Dewey | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Dewey

However, as we move into February, it is estimated that 7.3 million Brits may break their 2017 financial promises. Furthermore, if they are going to fall off the wagon, they'll be doing it right about now as most resolutions statistically last around a month.

Raising Professional Standards In Financial Services

Lewis Worrow | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
Lewis Worrow

It is clear as a bell to those who pay attention, the age of Gordon Gekko is over. Bottom line, unethical behaviour is systemic, malignant and it is global. Like cancer, it is a disease and we have got to fight back. It is a bankrupt business model, it won't work. It is a disease and we have got to fight back. The only question is, how are we going to do that? How are we going to leverage the disease back into our favour?

The Lost Billions: The Massive Cost Of Small Business Debt

Andrew Brown | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Brown

Access to justice shouldn't just be for those who can afford it. The FSB's findings show that - with a little help and a focus on driving innovative solutions - small businesses in the UK could unlock a wealth of debt, helping them to grow exponentially.

Six Lessons I Learnt From Leaving A Career In The City

Gee Elliott | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gee Elliott

This first week back at work after the Christmas break is supposedly the biggest of the year for resignations. It's no surprise really - new year, new...

The Changing Face Of Currency

Jess Melia | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Jess Melia

The new £1 coin comes into circulation in March this year and it is a striking example of how money is evolving and changing. The new coin is dubbed one of the most secure in the world due to a string of security features which are aimed at reducing the risk of counterfeit coins being produced.

Taking Control Of Finance - Five Resolutions For 2017

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kerim Derhalli

Making your way through the initial stages of a career or taking first steps onto the housing ladder can be tricky, so what can you do to make life a bit easier in 2017? Here are five areas that could help you take control of your finances and make your money work harder for you.

Leeds City Region 2017: The Undisputed Fintech Capital Of The North

Roger Marsh | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Marsh

Fintech is undoubtedly one of the major growth sectors for Leeds City Region. Indeed, as an existing centre of excellence for both finance (as the UK's second centre for banking, home to over 30 national and international banks) and technology, we are primed and ready to capitalise on the opportunity.

Come What May: The Autumn Statement And Beyond

Dan Corry | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

With the dust having settled a bit, what should we make of the inaugural fiscal event of the May premiership, the Autumn Statement? From one level it...

Climate Risk: What Gets Measured

Barry Gardiner | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Our call today to the stock exchanges of the world is to make it clear to their members that they must embrace proper disclosure and transparency of these climate related and sustainability risks. If they do not; they should know that we as politicians will be waiting with regulation.

Better Financial Education And Budgeting Skills Best Way To Escape The 'Jams' Jar

Mutaz Qubbaj | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Mutaz Qubbaj

"No Jam today", "pump up the Jams", Chancellor in a Jam": an initially staid acronym for 'Just About Managing' families coined by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer has morphed into a major political buzzword in just a matter of days. At its current growth rate, it's got all the ingredients of a meme.

Theresa May's Brexit Plan Could Leave Firms In 'No Man's Land', CBI Boss Warns

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May is damaging business by leaving employers “uncertain” over their access to talented European workers, the head of the CBI warned today...

How The Information Revolution Delivered Trump To The World

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kerim Derhalli

In the long run, the prospect of higher global debt levels, a more imbalanced global economy led by the US and the potential for the inflation genie finally to be leaking out its bottle after eight years of unprecedented monetary stimulus is alarming. The coming bust will be the biggest in human history.

Finance Modernised By Bitcoin - Part 1

Paul McNeil | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Paul McNeil

Economies have controlled almost all aspects of human life ever since money was introduced to society. Money makes the world go around and money is power, and power is money. Any escaping of this principle is nearly an impossible effort, unless of course, you have chosen to live in the wild.