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FCA review into non-advised investment sales puts customer insight into focus

The FCA is asking selected wealth firms to provide detailed information on business models, product ranges, and governance and controls as part of a thematic review on non-advised and simplified advice investment sales...

Franchise sector holds the key to UK economic growth in 2014

Franchise Development Services (FDS) has released figures showing a steep increase in the number of people looking to invest in a franchise opportunity...

2014 financial markets outlook

Looking forward to 2014, Threadneedle Investments said it believed the year would be characterised by the move towards financial markets standing on their own feet again, as the global policy support that has been providing abundant liquidity to markets starts to be withdrawn...

Only 50% of UK population in control of financial future

With each New Year we all resolve to live a healthier lifestyle but as BlackRock’s Investor Pulse Survey reveals that only half of Brits (50%) feel in control of their financial future, should everyone sign up to a new savings regime, go on a spending diet and cut out the excess? Tony Stenning, BlackRock’s head of UK retail, said: “Just two in five Brits (39%) see funding a comfortable retirement as a priority and with less than half of the population actually saving for retirement (47%) people need to start dedicating as much time to overhauling their finances as they do to new diets and exercise...

End of year farmland review

Here David Hebditch, Head of Rural at Chesterton Humberts, reveals a welcome return by the "lifestyle purchaser" to the farmland market...

Transport and living costs biggest barriers to London’s success

Ageing infrastructure and the high cost of living are the biggest barriers to London’s continued competitiveness, according to the capital’s businesses...

Credit card debt growth fears

More than one in three credit card customers do not clear their debts or believe they will not clear them despite taking out zero per cent balance transfer deals, according to new findings from independent market research firm Consumer Intelligence...

Donors would boycott charities which fail to file financial information

More than three-quarters of adults (76%) would not donate to a charity which had failed to submit its financial accounts and returns to the Charity Commission, according to an independent ICM poll commissioned by the charity regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising...

UK hotel sector shows more signs of improvement

The hotel sector has been boosted by the improving economic backdrop, according to PwC analysis. While 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster for London, after a slow start and tough Olympic comparisons over the summer, the capital has recovered well and performed better then PwC anticipated earlier in the year...

ECB asset quality review to throw up some ‘failures and surprises’

KPMG’s EMA head of financial services, Bill Michael, believes the European Central Bank’s asset quality review will be the single biggest challenge facing European banks in 2014...

Greater funding for residential development expected for 2014

The residential development funding landscape has changed markedly over the last year, becoming more accessible than at any time since the financial downturn, according to Knight Frank...

Sterling set to rise as UK employment increases

Sterling is set to rise in the light of a strong UK employment report, according to foreign exchange firm, Halo Financial...

200,000 homes at risk of repossession

1 in every 105 households in England is at risk of repossession or eviction, according to new statistics released by Shelter...

When will the tide turn for gold equities?

Here Rob Morgan, Pension and Investments Analyst at Charles Stanley Direct, considers what next for the markets...

Global growth forecast, Europe's recovery and BRIC stagflation

Here Keith Wade, Chief Economist, Azad Zangana, European Economist, and Craig Botham, Emerging Markets Economist, all at Schroders give their current views on the global, European and Emerging Markets economies...

Smart saving can stop inflation eating into funds

Savers who have left £10,000 in a low interest account over the past four years could have seen their money erode in value by more than £1000 because of the effects of inflation...

Tight finances force millions into major sacrifices

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the UK have been forced to make a substantial sacrifice, either financial or in their personal circumstances, because their family finances are stretched...

UK SME population hits post-recession high

The UK now has the most SMEs in business since before the downturn after two successive years of growth...

London is now world's most expensive office market

London’s West End unseated Hong Kong-Central as the world’s highest-priced office market, but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for four of the top five markets, according to CBRE Global Research and Consulting’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey...

Phantom insurance catches out drivers

Drivers are being warned about the risk of "ghost brokers" when insuring their car online...



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