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Wonga records pre-tax loss following £35m customer redress hit

Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]

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BoE holds base rate at 0.5% for 73rd month

The Bank of England has voted to maintain its base rate, marking 73 consecutive months at 0.5 per cent. In a statement this morning, the Bank confirmed that its Monetary Policy Committee had voted in favour of maintaining rates, despite speculation that an increase may be imminent. The Bank’s base rate has sat at 0.5 […]

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MM leader: Pension tax relief is boiling over

Pensions have never been more attractive. The coalition Government has done a good job in doing away with the idea that pensions are something to be kept under lock and key for the longest possible period, before converting them to a typically paltry income. Now pension freedoms are upon us, savers are free to do […]

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Under attack: Advisers warned of cyber risks of ‘insecure’ email

Advisers are exposing their clients to the risks of fraud and theft, experts warn as research reveals hundreds of firms are using non-secure email addresses. Data from Matrix Solutions compiled for Money Marketing shows 9 per cent of advice firms use a webmail domain name as their company email address. Of a sample of 4,945 […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading

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