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Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer, BLP Insurance, comments on the key barriers to growth in the UK construction industry in 2016

“The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was filled with promise and could kick start momentum in the New Year for property developers and housebuilders. However, too much demand and not enough supply remain the obvious issues, and addressing these long term challenges will need to happen well beyond 2016. “The industry is suffering from a severe dearth […]

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A problem with your Christmas present? Baby boomers most likely to complain

With countless online shoppers awaiting a flurry of deliveries in time for Christmas, many could sadly be left disappointed with damaged or faulty goods. However, despite the UK’s reputation as a nation of complainers, research from Equifax reveals that only 32% of millennials (18-33 year olds) would always contact a company to complain if a […]

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US tri-party reform is just the first step in the evolution of wholesale funding markets, according to new joint BNY Mellon-PwC study

LONDON, NEW YORK, December 10, 2015 – Market participants must recalibrate business and operational models if they are to accommodate and benefit from fundamental changes within wholesale funding markets, according to a new BNY Mellon research paper published in conjunction with PwC Financial Services. The newly released paper – The Future of Wholesale Funding Markets: […]

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SuMi Trust’s Genzo Kimura shares his outlook for 2016

Genzo Kimura, Economist at SuMi TRUST, shares his outlook for 2016:  “One of the biggest challenges for the world economy in 2016 will be figuring out how to muddle through an environment of high interest rates, with anticipation for a US Fed rate hike.  The good news for the new year is that rates should rise […]

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Sackers hires new litigation associate

Sackers has recruited Alasdair Blackshaw as an associate, taking the firm’s total number of lawyers to 51. Alasdair joins Sackers from Pinsent Masons where he undertook his training contract and qualified in 2015. He joins the Pensions & Investment Litigation team, consistently ranked in the top tier by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Is high yield junk?

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, comments on the prospects for high yield bonds: The corporate revenue environment remains poor and corporate earnings are struggling Defaults globally are set to be the highest this year since 2009 The end of the era of cheap money is in sight, and the misallocation of capital […]

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Flexible drawdown inflows up 15% in Q3 as individuals maximise benefit of pensions freedom

Flexible drawdown inflows up 15% in Q3 as individuals maximise benefit of pensions freedom – Overall pension new investments up 56% year-to-date – Equifax Touchstone analysis shows that following the pension freedom changes introduced in April 2015, £1.38bn has been invested into flexible drawdown pension products via single premiums and transfers. Flexible drawdown inflows were […]

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Time4Advice and Equifax launch integrated online AML solution for financial advisers

Time4Advice, the adviser software provider, and business insights expert Equifax have launched an integrated online anti-money laundering (AML) solution that makes regulatory checks more convenient for both financial advisers and their end clients. Advisers can now benefit from robust, easy to use AML software integrated within the CURO business management system. CURO supports the operational […]

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Miton’s David Jane: Battling the headwinds

David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, comments on the changing nature of the bull market: Earnings growth is facing multiple headwinds and forecasts for next year are likely to experience further downgrades The attractiveness of equities versus other asset classes may become even greater The chase for yield has driven large amounts of […]

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