Back to the Future: Queen’s Speech plans to boost savings among low-paid and younger people

  • Posted on 18th May 2016
Back to the Future: Queen’s Speech plans to boost savings among low-paid and younger people

One of the Government’s themes for the Queen’s Speech for the 2016-17 Parliamentary session is improving life chances for the British people. Through the measures on the digital economy, transport and infrastructure, the Government’s intention is to make long-term social and economic reforms the focus of the remainder of this Parliament. Whether in practice that will happen with the aftermath…

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What would Brexit mean for the investment climate in the financial sector?

  • Posted on 13th May 2016
What would Brexit mean for the investment climate in the financial sector?

With just six weeks left to go, the battle over the UK’s continued membership of the European Union is rising in volume and intensity. A key issue for investors in UK-traded financial services products and markets is undoubtedly what effects the decision made on June 23 will have on the climate for purchasing or retaining bonds, equities or other assets…

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The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

  • Posted on 27th April 2016
The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

One of the key policy responses to the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession was the subsequent action taken by EU Heads of Government through the European Council in June 2009 to strengthen the regulatory system governing all financial services providers within the Single Market area. In establishing a new European Banking Authority (EBA), within a European System…

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Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

  • Posted on 21st April 2016
Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

The European Commission will soon publish a set of best practice guidelines for the regulation of the sharing economy. The purpose is to support the growth of this emerging sector and also to address any regulatory imbalances that have emerged across Europe in the context of the single market. The guidance will also outline how existing EU regulations should be…

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Major banks on the move with Blockchain – huge development amid renewed economic flux

  • Posted on 13th April 2016
Major banks on the move with Blockchain – huge development amid renewed economic flux

These are key months in the future of financial services, and for the power of traditional banks in the global economy. The recent Citigroup report spelled out in clear terms the potential of Blockchain technology, which underpins the digital currency Bitcoin, to revolutionise financial services way beyond payment and remittance services, into asset management and insurance. The report modelled projected…

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Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

  • Posted on 12th April 2016
Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

Boom and Bust   The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been up and down a rollercoaster over the last decade. Launched with considerable optimism in 2005 as one of the European Union’s prime policy instruments for tackling climate change by placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, it has since gone through what can be most appropriately termed…

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UK well placed to lead transformation in financial services through global leadership in Fintech

  • Posted on 29th March 2016
UK well placed to lead transformation in financial services through global leadership in Fintech

The world of financial services is changing fast. The implications of blockchain technology or decentralised ledgers may not yet be a hot kitchen table topic but has the potential to utterly change the worlds of banking, insurance, asset management, and access to finance. In short, it could transform the economy around us. Though the US remains the largest base for…

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16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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