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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.
Diversify! It’s a mantra financial advisers often urge on us. Invest some money in UK shares but make sure you invest in Europe and the US too.
Sprinkle a little in Japan and emerging markets perhaps. Not too much, mind.
Ethical or ‘green’ investing is called many names. Let’s briefly count the ways: SRI, ‘impact’, ‘ESG’, ‘Future Growth’, ‘eco’, ‘sustainable’, ‘values-based investing’, ‘socially responsible’, ‘advocacy’.
You get the idea. Strip away the syntax clutter and three important ‘green’ categories – Ethical, ESG, and Impact – step forward.
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.
When will the masses take up cryptocurrencies with gusto? The idea that cryptoassets are a new bedrock for a digital global financial system is either
b) entirely possible given the presence of a narcissistic billionaire in the White House
c) inevitable, frankly, so adapt and move on
Whether you’re shopping for a dildo, doing a little online dating or hiring an escort for the evening, a little buy-side discretion can be handy. Over on the sell-side, sex industry pay is precarious, working conditions often grim and rights for buyer and seller uneven.
Does an emerging technology such as blockchain have the potential to blow the cab doors off the global ride-sharing industry? It's not completely out of the question but don’t expect Uber’s brake lights to flicker just yet warns lawyer Julian Zegelman, co-funder of TMT Blockchain Fund.