February 2011 Noteworthy News

February 2011 Noteworthy News

Weathering the Economy Contraction of the economy was, according to The Chancellor, `due to it'.  Supermarkets have blamed their flat sales on it , Ryanair claims some of its losses are due to it  and Greene King Sales were down because of it. The bad weather seems to be the reason many are citing recent [...]
It’s All a Matter of Choice: Financial Capability

It’s All a Matter of Choice: Financial Capability

Lots of choice would seem to be a good thing but if, according to Sheena Iyengar  and Mark Lepper’s   experiment, involving jam tasting in California, it would seem that it makes people less happy and showed that lots of choice makes people less likely to choose anything. Iyenger and Lepper offered either 6, or 24, varieties of [...]
It’s a Love / Hate Relationship

It’s a Love / Hate Relationship

  Credit, as distinct from money, is generally perceived as being the function of Banks and according to consumer campaigners Which?  in their focused campaign `Britain Needs Better Banks'  almost two thirds of those questioned would be on the `hate it'  side, if the Banking System were the equivalent of Marmite.   Consumers depend on banking services [...]
January 2010 Muse and Views: The Game of Risk

January 2010 Muse and Views: The Game of Risk

And so another year and another decade starts in which all good intentions are there, in the beginning, but what risks lie ahead and what gambles will be taken?  How achievable are objectives?   We have a distraction at SUF headquarters which we won’t be giving up as our New Year Resolution: Buzzword Bingo.  The [...]