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Preventing Financial Crime

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For their 2015/16 Business Plan, the FCA have added financial crime to their list of the top seven risks facing the finance industry, replacing house price growth. It’s not particularly surprising, 2014 was a bad year for high profile, high visibility financial crime cases and the industry is under public and media pressure to do…

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Kind’s Finance & Banking Consultant Reacts to the Budget

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“George Osborne’s final pre-election budget wasn’t a titanic shake-up, but there are some significant changes. Essentially, for banking, the belts are being tightened. The four big headlines from a business perspective are the accelerated selling off of bank shares and mortgage assets, the increased banking levy, the tax on “diverted profits” and finally banks being…

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Tech Risk and Reward

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After a year of high profile cyber-security breaches, the 2015 FTSE350 Cyber Governance Health Check found 89% of board members of Britain’s leading companies regarding cyber risks as ‘moderately or extremely important’ and over 58% expecting the risk to increase over the next year. Regulatory compliance for IT can be an expensive undertaking, but it…

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Five Signs the Banking Sector is Already Having a Good Year

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The labour market has always been one of the best indicators of economic health and ours is getting better and better according to the Bank of England’s Inflation Report for February. Unemployment has fallen since November and employment growth is expected to return to above-average by the end of the quarter. Employment opportunities in today’s…

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“We Don’t Need An Interim Manager!”

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“We’re not doing THAT badly!”. There’s a popular myth that an interim manager is an emergency option, that any company hiring one must be a sinking ship looking for someone to co-ordinate the bailing out. And sometimes bringing in an outside expert can be the ideal parachute for a company in freefall – but to…

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