In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – July 2014

In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – July 2014

Stuck in a Rut? In the intervening years since I last viewed an end of year school report, things may have changed. Rarely containing a personal comment, they had to be scrutinised for hidden meanings to talk over on parent’s evening. Promises of trying harder were made for after the summer break... the fresh start of [...]
Business Finance Junction – July 2014

Business Finance Junction – July 2014

The FPC (Financial Policy Committee) has proposed new rules for mortgage lenders which caps loan-to-income ratios and includes interest rate stress tests. Lenders will not be able to have more than 15% of new mortgages at loan-to-income above 4.5 times and it applies to all Help-to-Buy loans. Coming into force 1 October, the test ruling applies [...]
Engage And Respond Data Day

Engage And Respond Data Day

We have a digital world, with a digital economy and it’s as flummoxing as it is fascinating. Within its lexicon are words which sound as though they belong on the Starship Enterprise: firewalls, encryption and the like, I had very worthwhile day away from the office  amongst a world of data protection. There’s a lot of [...]
In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – June 2014

In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – June 2014

Money Spiced with Llama Spit Some fifty four pages of analysis, trends and developments across the economy are patiently explained and in a matter of fact manner, and inflation projections are translated by a patient and informative Agent....  yet, even with an A4 glossary, I left the meeting with my brain shrieking the same way [...]
Business Finance Junction – July 2014

Business Finance Junction – June 2014

Data from ONS show that illegal drugs and prostitution contribute around £10bn a year to the British economy.  For the first time statisticians are measuring the value of the drug-dealing and sex work – apparently about  "the same contribution as farming  - and only slightly less than book and newspaper publishers added together" or accommodation [...]
Pitching Goals

Pitching Goals

He’d said, at the World Economic Forum,  “Once goal setting is done, the Central Bank needs to be more determined toward output and there must a better understanding with set goals and the tolerance level of banking operations" and being in a bad - but improving - place is, according to Mark Carney, Governor of the [...]