New pensions minister Ros Altmann has outlined her priorities in her first public statement since entering Government. Altmann says her key focuses will be the state pension, auto-enrolment and safeguarding pension freedoms. She says: “As our population ages, it is more important than ever to help, encourage and empower people to plan and prepare for […]
Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the UK should hold a referendum on its membership of the EU “as soon as necessary”. Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme yesterday, Carney said: “We talk to a lot of bosses and there has been uncertainty, whether it’s for the election or the referendum.” He said businesses […]
As the last weeks of the general election campaign grind on, at least we seem to have some emerging consensus about what needs to be done in the housing market (although little consensus about how). For the first time in many years housing features strongly in the manifestos of all parties and there is something […]
Running a financial services firm is a bit like engineering, according to engineer turned Attivo Group chief executive Stephen Harper. It is all about systems that can break down completely if they have not been properly maintained, or if the smallest component stops working. “The reason why the system on an engine breaks is usually […]
The manager of the Artemis Strategic Assets Fund explains why he is holding onto his (expensive) bond shorts and unusually is keen to buy equities.
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