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Commenting on China’s Q2 economic growth beating expectations
Monday, 17 July 2017
Commenting on China’s Q2 beating expectations, Shilen Shah, Bond Strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “The better than consensus print for Chinese Q2 GDP (6.9% vs. 6.8%) suggests that the economy is maintaining momentum with both industrial output and fixed asset investment somewhat stronger than estimates. Despite concerns over China’s so called shadow banking system, the global economic recovery seems to have supported Q2 GDP. Retail sales were somewhat stronger; however, the underlying data suggests that external demand and capex remain the key drivers of growth.”  
 
New data shows employee wellbeing rising up UK corporate agenda in comparison to other countries
Friday, 14 July 2017
Global data from the Top Employers Institute shows that employee wellbeing in the UK has risen up the corporate agenda with 82% of many large companies consistently defining an organisation-wide total wellbeing programme in 2017, increasing from 73% in 2016. What’s more, the impact and effectiveness of programmes are evaluated consistently with 71% doing so, up from 65% last year, while employee wellbeing education has also jumped from 61% to 85% in the last year.  
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More Than Purse Keepers and Risk Managers, Modern CFOs Are Driving Customer Experience with Data
Friday, 14 July 2017
In a study released today, Dun & Bradstreet revealed data that uncovers the changing role finance leaders play in stewarding their organisation’s customer experience, a mandate traditionally viewed as one of the chief marketing officer. Because positive business results are often fuelled by great customer experiences, chief financial officers are increasingly using data and analytics to become customer-obsessed to ensure their organisation’s customer strategy is rooted in insights that will drive favourable outcomes.
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John Phillips at Just Mortgages comments on the latest figures from UK Finance
Friday, 14 July 2017
John Phillips, group operations director at Just Mortgages and Spicerhaart says, “At first glance it seems that the market picked up slightly, but we cannot make a fair comparison as the figures are still very much distorted by the buy-to-let stamp duty changes that were introduced in April last year. 
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Hope Capital's CEO comments on the latest figures from UK Finance
Friday, 14 July 2017
Jonathan Sealey, CEO of Hope Capital says, “UK Finance (formerly the CML) recently cut the buy-to-let lending forecasts amid a ‘stalled’ mortgage market. This highlights how damage has been inflicted on the buy-to-let market thanks to the changes in stamp duty, the phasing out of interest rate tax relief, and the lack of new homes coming to the market hasn’t helped in terms of home mover activity. 
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Abandoning austerity is no solution
Friday, 14 July 2017
Recent weeks have seen the issue of the public sector pay cap re-surface and several Cabinet members have suggested they would be open to taking another look at the topic. However, "Abandoning austerity is no solution", published by the Centre for Policy Studies on Thursday 13 July 2017, suggests the government should not abandon its deficit reduction targets or make significant increases in tax in order to lift the cap or increase departmental spending.
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Despite its woes, Africa’s potential remains significant
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Euler Hermes, the global leader in trade credit insurance recently presented its latest analysis on Africa’s economic performance at a ‘Risk Frontiers 2017’ conference in London. Highlights of the speech by Stéphane Colliac, chief economist for France and Africa with Euler Hermes, follow.
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Brexit poker game to be played out from a position of economic weakness
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
“The UK has seen more disappointing data which included the Purchasing Manager Indices as well as the trade deficit and Industrial Production in May. These come on the heels of very weak Retail Sales, where annual growth is now a paltry 0.6%, whereas it was running consistently over 3% for most of the last three years. Anecdotal evidence is also building negatively, with various surveys pointing to Brexit fears as a reason for subdued investment. One number that has been growing strongly is unsecured Consumer Credit, something which the Bank of England is already trying to subdue because it looks unsustainable. Consumers are spending to the max, with the Savings Ratio reaching a new historical low of 1.7% in March (this data series in its current form goes back to 1963). This while they are being squeezed between falling real wages and rising prices.
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Tinubu delivers fresh perspective on risk management
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Tinubu Square, the leading expert in trade credit risk management solutions for trade credit insurers and businesses, has launched a new version of its popular Risk Management Center (RMC). The technology platform that is already widely used by multinational organisations has been completely redesigned to better meet the needs of financial institutions and factoring companies.
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Callcredit partners with DueDil for enhanced checks with the launch of ‘KYC for Business’
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Callcredit Information Group, a leading consumer identification and verification provider and DueDil, a leading online company information provider, have partnered to launch KYC for Business - an enhanced KYC (know your customer) service.
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FICO Extends Cybersecurity Score to Rate 4th Party Risks
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO today announced that its new release of the FICO® Enterprise Security Score quantifies the breach risks introduced by 4th parties — a partner or vendor’s vendors. The identification of 4th party risks is an increasingly important consideration for breach insurance carriers, who are concerned about hidden, aggregate risk exposures across their portfolio of insureds.
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