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Intermediaries opt for centralised investment processes to accommodate diverse client risk appetites
Thursday, 31 August 2017
A survey from Equifax Touchstone, a market leading intermediary database provider, shows that 82% of intermediaries have a centralised investment process and 76% use model portfolios, illustrating the enhanced focus on delivering consistent investment outcomes to end investors. Where intermediaries use model portfolios, 70% do so for more than 50% of their investment business. 
PCL sees highest sale but buy to let remains sluggish
Thursday, 31 August 2017
London Central Portfolio, in conjunction with independent analysts Acadata, have analysed data just released by Land Registry for Q2 2017. 
FICO Reports a 39 Percent Rise in Debit Cards Compromised at U.S. ATMs and Merchants
Thursday, 31 August 2017
The number of cards compromised at U.S. ATMs and merchants rose 39 percent in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, according to new data from Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO. FICO has also tracked a 21 percent increase in compromises of ATMs and point-of-sale (POS) devices in the U.S. in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.  
Fraud risks dominate financial leadership research
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
GREENSBORO, N.C. – August, 2017 – APEX Analytix, the industry leader in software and service for the global financial supply chain, raised a warning, today, based on new research, that businesses are dangerously open to payment fraud. Accounts Payable (AP), Procure to Pay and Shared Services departments have a long way to go to fully safeguard themselves against major fraud risks. 
Reward Finance demonstrates growing appetite to lend with new record
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Reward Finance Group, the Leeds and Manchester-based alternative funder, has demonstrated its growing appetite to lend having advanced £8m across 20 deals in just ten working days, beating the previous number of deals set over a whole month. 
Comment: The euro: higher or lower?
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
The euro’s resurgence this year (8% higher against sterling and 12% higher against the US dollar) has come on the back of an improving growth backdrop together with receding political risks, following the market favourable election results in the Netherlands and France. So far, the upcoming German election in September does not look to be a market concerning event, whichever one of the two main parties wins a governing majority.  
“A Breeze of Growth” Global growth accelerating but not all economic engines are in sync
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
While global GDP growth accelerated to its highest level in two years in the first half of 2017, some of the world’s economic engines are out of sync, according Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer. 
73% of UK businesses unprepared for the GDPR
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Research published by the UK’s first fully compliant GDPR job board,, and London law firm Hamlins LLP, revealed that hundreds of thousands of UK businesses are potentially at risk of huge fines for non-compliance of the GDPR. The research surveyed 207 business owners, directors and senior management in the UK between April and May 2017.  
ING Bank launches unsecured lending program with FICO technology
Thursday, 24 August 2017
European banking leader ING Bank will use decision management software and predictive models from analytic software firm FICO to launch its unsecured lending program. ING Bank in the Czech Republic will use one retail banking platform, which will have FICO® Blaze Advisor® decision rules management rules system as its “risk brain,” making fast, consistent, analytically guided credit risk decisions on loan applicants.  
Reacting to Sterling’s ongoing decline and the Euro’s resurgence
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Reacting to Sterling’s ongoing decline and the Euro’s resurgence, Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management comments:   “The single currency's strength this year is a far cry from the days when investors feared its demise. Year-to-date the euro is up 8% against sterling and 12% against the US dollar.
Fleet Mortgages outlines portfolio landlord lending criteria
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Fleet Mortgages, the buy-to-let and specialist lender, has today outlined its approach to portfolio landlord lending, in light of the PRA underwriting changes that will be introduced from the end of September. 
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