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In the end the Budget was a bit of a non-event, supplying immunity mostly to the better off. It’s not a bright idea to antagonise NHS doctors busy dealing with a global pandemic so higher earners (up to £200,000 a year) retain their £40,000 annual allowance.
Consumers, thanks to big data, are far better informed about where to buy financial services. From car insurance to savings and pension products.
Likewise, access to rich data helps insurers position themselves more knowledgeably. But the demographic challenge is enormous – as is the repair challenge.
Can tweets help you trade smarter? Ting Li, professor of Digital Business, from RSM Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, reckons social media can boost your trading success.
What's the evidence?
Norway and Sweden are regularly lauded as economic and social super-models. Free market capitalism and a generously backed welfare state? Tick. A commitment to private ownership and a robust public sector? Tick. Strong growth balanced by high levels of redistribution? Tick again.
The fiery relationship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky sparked the development of trading psychology that has influenced economic decision making since the 1970s.
Almost everything Thatcham touches – from a Fiat Panda to a high-end Range Rover – emerges almost unrecognisable. The crash test information extraction process Thatcham undertakes helps insurers understand how easily or difficult a car can be repaired. Which ultimately reflects on your premium.
Losing, like winning, is part of life. Unfortunately some traders (and people) handle loss rather more badly than others. Their fear of it preoccupies them more than is realistic or healthy. So their neural pathways need a basic plan – a strategy that factors in losses as predictable and ordinary.
Once the filthy, low-down enfant terrible of established finance, crypto currencies are now on nodding terms with some big City names. True, they may not yet have clearance to use the front door. But some wouldn’t feel the need. It’s a little, uh-huh, like that.
Precious, adorable and life-enhancing though your pet surely is, it probably licks your wallet clean too.
This little-known asset class could reward closer scrutiny by those willing to accept some risk to achieve higher income now.