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Can Cryptocurrencies ever be tamed?

In September, the UK Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee published a unanimously-agreed report on crypto-assets for its Digital Currencies inquiry. The report concluded that “the UK Government and financial services regulators appear to be deciding whether they will allow the current ‘wild west’ situation to continue, or whether they are going to introduce regulation.

Article by: Michael Mainelli | Published: 28 September 2018

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Shadow Chancellor proposes employee ownership

John McDonnell’s proposed to compel large companies to move towards 10 percent employee ownership, but CBI says it will reduce productivity. It is surprising that the CBI's immediate reaction to Labour’s employee ownership plan is that it is a “diktat” or an imposition and will reduce productivity not increase it.

Article by: Chris Blundell | Published: 27 September 2018

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EU – Ageing population and the challenge for Multinationals

Data from the World Bank shows that the number of people who are retirement eligible will increase significantly over the next 30 years. Specifically the number of people in the EU over the age of 65 will increase from 98 million in 2015 to 150 million in 2050.

Article by: Mark Sullivan | Published: 22 August 2018

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Print – Issue 166 | Article of the Week

Once capitalism only creates a permanent-debt-serf class and a technocrat, financier, entrepreneur and speculator class that harvests over 70 percent of the wealth and income, then democracy dies by the slow poison of rising inequality and the ever-greater collusion of wealth and political power.

Article by: David Scott | Published: 22 August 2018

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Working in the bank branch of the future

Despite regular news about closures, the death of the bank branch is rather exaggerated. Even with cuts, major high street banks expect to retain nationwide branch networks, and many are investing in new branches. Challenger banks like Metro Bank are even opening more branches.

Article by: Mark Aldred | Published: 26 July 2018

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The pros and cons of Defaults at-retirement

The background to this really is that there’s been a lot of growing concern, I think since freedom and choice came in, that perhaps people are making choices that are not the best choices possible. And some of the background to that is there’s a lot of evidence that people are cashing in their pension pots completely.

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 9 July 2018

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Why your employees’ financial wellbeing matters

For years, employers have not really had to think about providing support to their employees around financial and mental well-being. This of course could be a legacy culture from when individuals worked for their employer and in return employers offered what they needed: a salary plus some health benefits and a final salary pension once they left.

Article by: Banafsheh Ghafoori | Published: 8 July 2018

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Why your employees’ financial wellbeing matters

For years, employers have not really had to think about providing support to their employees around financial and mental well-being. This of course could be a legacy culture from when individuals worked for their employer and in return employers offered what they needed: a salary plus some health benefits and a final salary pension once they left.  

Article by: Banafsheh Ghafoori | Published: 29 June 2018

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Turkey – new AE pension legislation explained

The Amendment Act of August 25 2016 introduced into Turkish law the automatic enrolment of employees in private pension plans. As a result, employees under the age of 45 must be enrolled in a private pension plan as part of a pension agreement between their employer and a pension company. Contributor Beri̇l Yayla Sapan - Gün + Partners (Turkey).

Article by: Beri̇l Yayla Sapan | Published: 21 June 2018

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Pensions gliding off course

Our recent survey amongst employers investigated what workplace support is available to help employees understand how to make the most of their finances throughout their career in order to optimise income at-retirement. It found that employees are at immense risk of retirement income shortfall.

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 12 March 2018