UK Finance

5 Rich Russian Pals The Tories Would Prefer You Forgot

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is busy talking tough about what sanctions Vladimir Putin and Russia could be hit in response to their backing of the Ukrainian rebels, ...

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

Debts: What Options Do We Really Have?

Sarah Moyes | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Moyes

It's really hard to find anyone these days that doesn't have some sort of debt hanging over them. If you've graduated from university, certainly in the last 10 years, then chances are you will still be paying off your student loan today...

Zero Hour Contracts, the Impoverished Elephant in the Room

Tom Johnson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Outlaw zero hours contracts and instead ensure that any individual entering a work contract is given a legal guarantee of the number of the minimum number of hours they should be required to work. It might increase the costs for corporations and may in the short term lead to a rise in unemployment, but if the economy is growing as fabulously as George Osborne announces, then the number of jobs should increase to combat this problem.

WATCH: Carney Thinks Cable's Mortgage Cap Would Ruin The Recovery

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has dismissed Vince Cable's call to cap mortgages at three-and-a-half times a house-buyer's salary, warning that ...

Hoping To Buy Your First Home? Here's Why Carney May Have Ruined That

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

Mark Carney boasted that the Bank of England was acting on fears about Britain's roaring housing market by forcing lenders to hand out at most 15% of ...

Carney Admits His Own Plans To Cool The Housing Market Won't Do Much

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Bank of England has admitted that its latest measures to rein in Britain's roaring property market will have "minimal" impact, as fears mount that...

Asa Bennett

No Idea About Islamic Banking? Here's Six Things You Need To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Treasury has just sold £200 million worth of Islamic government bonds, known as "sukuk", in a bid to make Britain a global hub for Islamic financ...

Do I Really Want to Meet My Bank Manager?

Anil Stocker | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anil Stocker

When was the last time you met your bank manager? When was the last time you walked into a bank branch and interacted with anything other than a machine? My guess is that many people will struggle to remember.

Defusing an 'Affordability Timebomb'

Graeme Yorston | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Graeme Yorston

Perhaps one of the most positive outcomes of the recent economic crisis was the message that consumers would benefit from saving more and borrowing more responsibly. So accessible were interest free loans, 105% mortgages and credit accounts that consumers came to believe they could afford anything, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

Waiting to Benefit

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Jodie is 31 and lives in London, last October she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she was told it had spread to her bones. She had to give up work almost immediately and suddenly found herself with barely enough money to live on. Jodie was advised by her nurse to apply for the Personal Independence Payment, the UK's main disability benefit, which would offer her some financial support. She applied in November, but seven months on and she is still waiting to find out if she is eligible. She is now at crisis point, struggling to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. This is unacceptable.

Paying for a Wedding - Who, How and Cutting the Bill

Sarah Willis | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

Traditionally, the majority of wedding costs were paid by the father of the bride. This is rooted in the dowry tradition, where the groom's family were compensated for taking on the financial burden of the bride.

'The Time For Interest Rates To Rise In UK Is Approaching'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's economy can "grow a little further" before interest rates need to rise, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has sugg...

The Future of Finance is Looking Brighter

John Bowman | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
John Bowman

At the beginning of May, I had the opportunity to perform one of my favourite roles overseeing Education at CFA Institute - presiding over the finals of our annual Global Research Challenge. The challenge, which tests teams on their knowledge and expertise in the investment industry, brings together the regional champions from EMEA, APAC and the Americas, each of which have beaten at least a dozen qualified and committed competitors from their regions.

The Last Taboo

Shirley Conran | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Shirley Conran

It is the last taboo. Talking about it is not something a nice girl does in mixed company, it is indelicate, unfeminine. Many women have been raised to believe that men are "naturally good" at money matters and women are "naturally bad" at money matters. It's not said directly, little girls pick up this idea by osmosis. Outside the home, for a man to say he wants more money or ask for a raise is acceptable; it goes with the hairy chest and the company car. But women can't say that, they won't even admit it to themselves and they don't want to think about why.

Barclays Now Fined For Fixing The Price Of Gold

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

Barclays has been fined £26 million by the City watchdog over failings in relation to the fixing of the price of gold over a nine-year period. The...

EU Membership 'Crucial' To UK Success, Say Business Chiefs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's membership of the European Union is "crucial" to London's future success, and an exit from the political bloc will hit the UK's competitiven...

BoE Holds Interest Rates Despite Soaring Housing Market

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Bank of England interest rate-setters kept the cost of borrowing steady amid a steadily rising housing market. Policymakers left interest rates at ...

Bankers' Bonuses: Time to Withdraw Banks' Licence to Print Money

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

In recent days there has been the annual universal condemnation of the greed with which bankers accept their excessive pay awards.

Our 'Best Days Lie Ahead'? 6 Hugely Awkward Graphs Osborne Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is taking the world stage to boast that his austerity strategy has succeeded and that Britain's 'best days lie ahead'. The Chancell...

Co-Op Bank Just Made A MASSIVE Loss... And It Won't Get Better Soon

PA | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics

The Co-op banking arm reported a £1.3 billion annual loss today as it warned its legacy issues will continue to hit its financial performance for som...

MP Who Told Osborne To F**K Off Now Made His Deputy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

Tory MP Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new economic secretary to the Treasury in a surprise reshuffle prompted by Maria Miller stepping down as...

Will the New Bank of England MPC Be More Hawkish?

Nick Beecroft | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Nick Beecroft

On March 18th Governor Carney unveiled a major reorg. at the Old Lady, naming two new Deputy Governors , with Ben Broadbent becoming Deputy Governor responsible for monetary policy, taking over for Charlie Bean, who retires at the end of June. This creates a vacancy on the MPC, as Broadbent is already on the committee.

Did You Know That Supporting Gay Rights Is Good for Business?

Maria Caspani | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

People often approach the issue of gay rights (if one can even call it an issue) from the "doing the right thing" perspective, meaning that supporting the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people is the right thing to do because everyone should be free to be who they are without facing discrimination of any kind.