Financial Services

LGBT And Elderly? Welcome To The Forgotten Community

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

The financial services sector is remarkably unattractive to many in the LGBT community. One result of this is people who are LGBT don't make suitable ...

Do We Need More Diversity In The FinTech Sector?

Mark Gossington | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Gossington

As an LGBT+ man, my needs are different to those of the straight, white male developer. We all have different experiences - black, white, straight, LGBT+, male, female, young, old - and as such the technology we use, if we are valued as consumers, needs to address these distinctions.

Legislate To Innovate: Sustaining The UK As An Innovation Economy After Brexit

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Rebecca Emerson

Britain has for centuries been a world centre for innovation. This has helped support our economy. Brexit provides us with a clear opportunity to ens...

Good Conduct Is Good Business: Do Your People Practice It?

Mark Gossington | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mark Gossington

In my role as Leader of PwC UK Financial Services People and Organisation, and Co-Leader of Conduct and Culture, I've been thinking a lot about Conduc...

Removing Compliance Barriers To Social Media

Mark Gossington | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Gossington

Financial services companies cannot afford to overlook social media because it is challenging. Customers are on social media. They want - and will - use social media to communicate, and therefore companies must be prepared to communicate on these channels too.

A Trumpian Deal, And The Path To The Next Financial Crisis

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

American voters, by electing Donald Trump, thought they were voting for more protection, stricter controls, a harder attitude towards Wall Street and more emphasis on the 'real' economy. Trump's transition plans will deliver precisely the opposite.

Unleashing Female Leadership Potential

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Rebecca Emerson

Gender inequality remains undeniable across much of the business world, and is particularly visible at leadership level. Having worked in the banking and finance sector for over two decades, I have seen and been part of attempts to address this issue. It's clear there is growing commitment to programmes and investments that develop more women into industry leaders.

How Fintech Can Truly Make You Successful?

Paul McNeil | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Paul McNeil

The future of fintech will most probably witness how a small number of start-ups will win in the field of fintech. While a number of traditional companies will continue to enjoy some gains. This is a popular and trending aspect of today's growing tech industry.

Isn't It Time The Rainbow Ceiling Was On Your Board's Agenda?

Mark Gossington | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Mark Gossington

Few CEOs and senior executives will be unaware of the various initiatives and targets to increase diversity at board level and senior management. Early this year the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills1 announced a new independent review on increasing the representation of women in corporate leadership positions. Similarly, there is an increased awareness of the need to address ethnicity in leadership roles. Whilst ethnic minority board members lag behind their female counterparts, efforts are being made by many companies to redress the white, male bias.

If We Remain the EU Will Screw Over the City

Sean Howlett | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Despite the City of London being the centre of financial and capital markets, it is under siege from the EU, with the City's continuing success under ...

Born in the USA, Perfected in the UK - Why Crowdfunding Is Becoming a Great Export for UK Plc

Dillen Iyavoo | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Dillen Iyavoo

In just a few years, crowdfunding - in which people, rather than banks, provide finance to individuals and companies - has grown from nothing into a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. And the rest of the world has noticed.

The Bank of England's Damascene Moment Shows Just How Important Web-watching is Becoming Within Finance - but Don't Think it's Easy

Emmett Kilduff | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Emmett Kilduff

Every minute of every day sees 100,000 new tweets, 2 million Google searches, and 347 new WordPress blogs, while consumers spend around $272,070 on online purchases.

Another $4.3Billion in Fines and Banks Are Still Paralysed

Nigel Cannings | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nigel Cannings

There will be another Forex-style scandal within the next three years. It is probably brewing even as you read this. And it will probably all be conducted on the telephone, now that the regulators have worked out IM chatrooms...

Boiling Frogs: How Traditional Financial Services Are Being Disrupted (But Don't Seem to be Noticing)

Glyn Britton | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech
Glyn Britton

I know what you're thinking. "Oh, here we go. The wanky marketing guy, making all sorts of fanciful assertions. We won't be able to do any of what he says because regulation. Why don't they ever understand? Sigh."

Tech City or FinTech City? We Have a Decision

Daniel Lowther | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Tech
Daniel Lowther

Earlier this month saw the launch of Innovate Finance which has been created to "accelerate the UK's leading position in the global financial services sector, by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators." ... The government has shifted focus and has its sights firmly set on FinTech.

'Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling', A Topic Still Very Much on the Agenda

Mark Braund | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Mark Braund

Starting with our own experience, we have taken meaningful steps at InterQuest, appointing three female directors to our operational management team in the last 2-years. Gender equality is at the forefront of what we do, and though we have yet to appoint a woman to our public company board of directors, the task of representation is certainly a challenge we are consciously addressing.

Will Goldman's World Cup Winning Story Force Financial Institutions to Go for Goal With a More Creative Approach to Their Communications Strategy?

Alastair Turner | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Alastair Turner

It's important to build time for creative thinking into communications rather than getting bogged down in bureaucracy. While creativity for creativity's sake can backfire, firms that fail to bring new ideas to the table will become less relevant. The key is devising a strategy that allows room for creative thinking, while ensuring that any ideas are clearly aligned with business goals.

Banks Must Catch the Innovation Bug

Nasir Zubairi | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Nasir Zubairi

Although I agree that Banks and Financial technology firms should be looking to partner and work together where possible to improve the proposition for customers, I don't necessarily believe that this strategy will make banks more innovative and provide better services for you, I and our businesses...

Digital Fraud Continues to Dominate Discussion in 2014

Mark Braund | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.

Banks Aren't Over the Worst of It

Nick Rowles-Davies | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Nick Rowles-Davies

It is a good bet that the year ahead is to be incredibly interesting for those with a sharp eye on litigation - and cases against banks will be a key focus. Experts in the legal world are already predicting there will be a slew of notable big cases going through the High Court in 2014...

How Can We Address 'Flexibility' on Ethics in the Financial Services Industry?

John Bowman | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
John Bowman

Executives must realize that the previous era of financial capitalism ended with the global crisis in 2008. Clients, asset owners, and the general public are looking for the industry to return to its core purpose of serving the greater good, providing value to society so that economies and communities' thrive.

The Payday Lenders We Love to Hate

Guy Corbet | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Guy Corbet

Wonga is at times a little like an embarrassing relative. It can make us cringe but secretly perhaps we're all glad it's there. For a lot of us, payday lending galvanises our moral outrage. It gives us something to kick against. It is the business we love to hate, but perhaps we are being unfair?

Is the Financial Light at the End of the Tunnel Emerging?

Fraser Bell | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Fraser Bell

Is there any light at the end of the tunnel for those with an interest in Europe's continuing financial stability? As unlikely as it may sound, help could be at hand in the shape of emerging markets such as Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Being Good Is Good for Business

Ian Wood | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK
Ian Wood

The idea that large corporations should be ethical, green or work with communities has snowballed over the last decade or so, but recent months have shown how significant a failure of corporate reputation management can become.

ID Verification: Time to Pass on the Baton

John West | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Tech
John West

With many of us regularly using a number of online accounts, we're often advised to use a different password for each one but, if we heed that advice, we tend to either write them down, or save them somewhere else online. The flaw in either plan is obvious.