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Not as much help to buy as we thought?

Not as much help to buy as we thought?

Financial services firms have learned through hard won experience not to promise more than they can deliver to customers and clients. Yet the news this summer suggests an important segment of new customers may be about to get rather annoyed, although perhaps they should be directing their ire at the government this time. The Telegraph […]

The answer is 42%. Now what’s the question?

Advisers are always keen to know what their peers are doing in terms of business strategy and how that strategy fits with their overall approach to providing advice. Providers, who wish to maintain or win market share, are always eager for intelligence about the market too. The FCA has now provided some valuable intelligence with […]

Why this is a good long-term budget for the FS industry

Why this is a good long-term budget for the FS industry

Budgets come and budgets go and you can look at them from many perspectives. Financial Services specialists tend to look at them first through the lens of their customers, then at what opportunities they might create, and finally how they might impact personally. It’s all sensible stuff, but it’s all a bit short-term. Look at […]

If Greece sneezes will the UK catch a cold?

If Greece sneezes will the UK catch a cold?

It’s hard to imagine a country where they lock the banks for a week and restrict your access to money. Especially poignant have been the images of pensioners, many of whom will have faced years of austerity in their youth, having to queue to access what they see as their rightful income. Generally older people […]

The space01 budget review

The space01 budget review

A Budget presented with just months to go before a general election was going to be an intensely political one, and even more so with the two largest parties neck and neck in the polls. In addition, the UK’s finances remain incredibly tight despite the improving economy. The risk in these circumstances is that the […]