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Neil Liversidge: The trouble with the EU referendum

Democracy is in a state of fundamental change in our country and I do not just mean the recent election. As a nation we have been navel-gazing on the EU since 1973 and on devolution for about as long. The seemingly insoluble questions of whether the UK should be in or out of the EU […]

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HSBC threat to leave UK could hit banking reform

HSBC’s threat to move its headquarters out of the UK have prompted secret talks between the Treasury and the Bank of England on plans to separate retail and investment banking. The Sunday Times reports talks are being held behind the scenes to try to keep HSBC and other major banks in the UK. The newspaper […]

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Jim O’Neill to lead Govt devolution plans

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill is to be made a peer and will help shape the Government’s devolution plans as commercial secretary to the Treasury. In a speech in Manchester yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne announced O’Neill – who coined the term Brics to describe emerging economies – would be placed “right in the […]

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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

Sub-Saharan Africa Near-Term Outlook

By Paul Caruana-Galizia, Neptune Economist

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic renaissance continues. After growing at an average rate of five per cent over the past decade, the IMF projects an acceleration to 5.5 per cent growth among Sub-Saharan economies in the next two years, as developed economies emerge from the crisis. We expect this growth to be sustainable for three broad reasons.

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