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Mark Carney ‘serene’ over Bank’s Brexit actions

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has told MPs he is “absolutely serene” on the judgements made by the monetary policy committee in the the lead up to and aftermath of Brexit. At a Treasury committee hearing yesterday, chairman Andrew Tyrie told Carney he would have the chance to answer allegations that he “over-egged” the […]

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Man and machine: A glimpse into the future of financial advice

Technology is waiting in the wings that could overhaul the advice process and dramatically change the way firms talk to clients. These developments are not decades away, nor mere years away. Some of these radical systems are already here, making their way to the UK from US and European markets. They include systems that map […]

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FCA plans to ban ex-Barclays wealth management boss

The FCA is planning to ban the former chief operating officer of Barclays’ wealth management arm in the wake of allegations he destroyed a highly critical internal report. The Financial Times reports Andrew Tinney is contesting the findings of an FCA investigation at the Upper Tribunal. Tinney left the bank in 2013 following allegations made […]

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Crunching the numbers: Is Andy Haldane right?

Houses are better investments than pensions according to Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane. But is he right? And how can one decide? There are several possible approaches. One is to look at “pure” past performance, subject to all the usual provisos. Another approach is to consider the financial and tax engineering of house […]

Graphic content – December; the countries most exposed to a rise in protectionism

President-elect Trump has suggested withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ending negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), albeit there is considerable uncertainty over what he will, or even can, do. If one of the main consequences of the election of Donald Trump is US protectionism, it’s worth considering who stands to […]

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