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Commenting on UK GDP growth falling to 0.2%
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Commenting on UK GDP growth falling to 0.2% in Q1 2017, Shilen Shah, Bond Strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “Today’s second estimate of Q1 2017 GDP is an indication that the UK economy is going through a soft path as both the production and service sectors were softer than expected. Despite Sterling’s fall in value, net trade was also a drag on the GDP print, suggesting that both imports and exports seem not to be terribly sensitive to the FX market. Given the dependency of the economy on consumer spending, weak real earnings growth suggests a near-term re-acceleration is unlikely.” 
 
Right Mortgage & Protection Network Discuss Duty of Care at National Conference
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The Right Mortgage & Protection Network has led the discussion into whether advisers owe their clients a duty of care. This was the theme of the Network’s latest bi-annual National Training Event as a variety of lenders and protection providers discussed the issue.
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New mobile phone consumer proposition developed with Dixons Carphone
Thursday, 25 May 2017
ThinkSmart Limited (AIM: TSL), a leading provider in the UK of retail point-of-sale lease finance for high-volume small-ticket electronic and commercial equipment, makes the following business update. 
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StepChange Debt Charity response to the TUC analysis of household debt
Thursday, 25 May 2017
In response to the publication of the TUC analysis of household debt, Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said: “What the TUC describes is consistent with what we are seeing. We are also seeing levels of unsecured debt rising for the first time since 2008 and the prospects are worrying. Based on  April 2017 data, we estimate 8.8 million people turned to credit to pay for everyday household expenses over the past year. More than half of these were in employment, 41% in full time work. Stagnant wages and rising inflation  are making more people vulnerable to problem debt.
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New IMA chair to push for advanced qualification
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
The new chair of the Institute of Money Advisers (IMA) is calling for the introduction of an advanced qualification to enhance the free-debt advice sector. 
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CKB chooses Misys to transform digital banking
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka (CKB), member of OTP Group, has chosen Misys FusionBanking Essence to transform its digital channels with a new online and mobile banking offering in Montenegro. The bank will be able to improve user experience and security, as well as attract new customers through its advanced digital channels.  
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ISO Certification for The Just Loans Group
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
The Just Loans Group PLC has achieved ISO 9001:2015 global certification - the internationally recognised Quality Management System standard which underpins the next stage of its development. 
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UK Card Expenditure Statistics: March 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Payment card spending in March 2017 was £57.8 billion, up by £335 million (0.6 per cent) on February
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Jason Dilworth joins The Marketing Eye to develop technical capability
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Financial services marketing agency, The Marketing Eye, has appointed Jason Dilworth to the new role of Technical Director in a move designed to expand and develop the company's data-driven marketing activities. The appointment follows the arrival of insurance and financial services specialist, Michael Gaughan, as Director of Strategic Partnerships in April.  
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ThinkSmart appointment of Chief Executive Officer
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
ThinkSmart Limited (AIM: TSL), a leading provider in the UK of retail point-of-sale lease finance for high-volume, small-ticket electronic and commercial equipment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerald Grimes as Chief Executive Officer. Gerald will take up the appointment and join the Company’s board (the “Board”) on 1 July 2017. 
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Buy-to-let, is it still a good move?
Monday, 22 May 2017
Potential landlords and those looking to add to their portfolios face a challenging decision when it comes to determining whether it is wise or not to venture into the buy-to-let market.  
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