You only have to look at Old Mutual Wealth’s latest results to see how crucial keeping up with technology has become to financial services. The giant provider has had to write off another £250m and a further two years as a result of delays in upgrading the technology powering its platform. When the project is […]
What is the difference between advice and guidance? I have been pondering the subject over the past few days in the wake of a thoughtful article in Money Marketing by my fellow columnist Paul Lewis. Paul writes about the impending demise of the Money Advice Service, for which he made a number of videos about annuities. […]
A damning report from Parliament’s public spending watchdog has given HM Revenue & Customs six months to set out its strategy for tackling tax fraud. The Public Accounts Committee raised serious concerns about the ability of the UK’s tax authorities to prosecute tax dodgers, as well as its effectiveness as a deterrent. In particular, the […]
Apfa has outlined a raft of new proposals to strengthen regulation of claims management companies as part of its response to a Ministry of Justice consultation. The MoJ unveiled its plans for the CMC market in mid-February, and took responses to the reforms in a consultation that closed yesterday. At the time, Apfa said the […]
Over the last seven years you have probably read countless articles and had endless discussions about when the Federal Reserve (Fed) is next going to hike. The chart below shows the Fed Funds rate implied by the market at the beginning of each year since 2010. The Fed did finally edge rates higher in December […]
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