Chancellor Alistair Darling has conceded that his previous GDP forecasts were over-optimistic and UK GDP will contract by 4.75 per cent in 2009. In his April Budget, the Chancellor predicted that GDP would contract by 3.5 per cent over 2009 but in his pre-Budget report he admitted that GDP will have contracted by 4.75 per […]
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.
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CYBG has completed its takeover of Virgin Money bank in a deal worth £1.7bn today. The parent company of Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank says the deal will lead to the UK’s “first true national banking competitor to the status quo.” The combined company has over six million customers with around £70bn of customer loans, […]
Protection Review chief executive Kevin Carr looks at recent market events Moving forward on mental health Some say perception is reality and, in a world driven by social media and sensitivity, the way people see things is their truth, regardless of whether their conclusions are accurate or feasible. This is not a bad way to […]
The FCA is proposing new measures to force financial services firms to disclosure how they disclose climate change risk as it zones on in the investments pension funds make. The regulator has released a discussion paper today looking atthe effects that climate change and switching to a low carbon economy will have on the UK’s […]