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Aldermore and Shawbrook march towards FTSE 250

Aldermore and Shawbrook look set to break into the FTSE 250 just weeks after floating as challenger banks take the fight to their high-street rivals. On 2 June, the FTSE Group will begin conducting its quarterly review of the 250 index – the 101st to 350th largest companies listed on the stock exchange – to […]

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Can big data make protection simple?

Discussions about simplifying the underwriting and application process for protection products throws up the use of big data by insurance companies. But can the use of data already being generated really be simple? Big data refers to the huge amount of data available from a range of sources. Databases and official records are nothing new […]

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Stephen Womack: There is not always a right answer

I recently read a fascinating book a client recommended to me. Called Do No Harm, it is written by leading brain surgeon Henry Marsh. The book is both a memoir of his medical life and an exploration of what it is like to have to make daily decisions on who to treat and who is […]

Labour won’t pursue heavy-handed regulation

A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]

FAMR – a familiar response

Pension specialist Fiona Tait takes a look at the Financial Advice Market Review and assesses the three areas where it suggests improvements can be made With significant budget changes ruled out (for a while anyway), the pension community briefly turned its attention to the FCA’s final report on its Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), hoping […]

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