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FinTech: Boom or Burst?

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In 2014, $12.2 billion was invested in FinTech companies worldwide. That’s triple the 2013 figure of $4.05 billion, and Money 2020 have predicted that the number may rise to over $20 billion this year. Many people are speculating that FinTech companies are being wildly overvalued and suggesting that we could be headed towards an easily…

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The Internet of Things: the ‘Flying Car’ of Connectivity?

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Your phone tells your house that you’re on the way home, the house raises the heating to the exact temperature you like. Your front door tells your speakers to hit your After Work Ambient Relaxation playlist just as it opens, and as the blinds come down they tell the lights to brighten up the living…

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What Does Solvency II Mean to You?

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By now, you’ve definitely heard the words “Solvency II”. You’ve seen the phrase all over business news websites and your social media feeds – you know it’s a very big deal. You’ve been told it’s arguably the biggest change to insurance regulations in 30+ years. But do you know what it actually is? Solvency II…

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Everyone’s A Candidate Now

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For a long time recruiters have been prone to cleanly dividing the world into people who are hunting for a new job because they’re either out of work or dissatisfied with a current position, and people who are doing just fine in a great job and won’t know that they have other options until we…

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The FinTech Revolution: What Do Customers Really Want?

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2015 may well be remembered as the year that retail banking finally began to fully embrace the possibilities of modern mobile technology.  At this point the idea of a bank existing as something other than a network of branches is well established in the mind of the public – it took the long route through…

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So You’ve Been Served a Section 166 Notice

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The dreaded Section 166 is one of the most feared tools the FCA have at their disposal to try to correct financial organisations that they believe have gone awry. But what does it actually mean and what should you do if your company receives one? The 166 is the part of the Financial Services and…

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The Mortgage Market: What’s Next?

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Mortgage rates have been consistently falling for some time and are now at their lowest level since 2007, when the Bank of England first started tracking them. Gross advances rose by over 15% to £52.5 billion in the second quarter of this year and at the same time, new commitments increased to £59.3 billion. So…

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Addressing Raised Regulatory Expectations on Risk Management in Mutuals

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2015 has been another year of expansion and change for regulations effecting Financial Institutions of all sizes. Gone are the days where a one size fits all approach to risk could be maintained for an organisation to be seen as compliant – it is no longer something that can be handled by the Finance Director…

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Software Defined Data Center: Are We Looking at the Future?

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Data storage has been pretty much the same since the dawn of computing – putting all of your data on the most efficient piece of hardware you can buy is an approach that’s still working just fine. So why are we hearing so much buzz about switching over to Software Defined Data Centers? The sales…

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What Does ‘Executive Search’ Actually Mean?

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It’s a phrase you’ll have heard more and more over the last few years – but what really distinguishes ‘Executive Search’ from regular recruitment? It’s not just a focus on senior roles, it’s a whole different way of approaching recruitment that can make a huge difference to  the organisations that use it. A real Executive Search…

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