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Hope Capital's Jonathan Sealey comments on the CML's latest figures
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Jonathan Sealey, CEO of Hope Capital, says, “Although the average age of a first-time buyer is still 30, thanks to low interest rates first-time buyer and home mover activity has continued to increase, while buy-to-let remains relatively unchanged and flat. In fact, gross buy-to-let saw month on month decreases. However, this isn’t that surprising considering the buy-let-market has had to cope with a whole range of government measures including the reduction of mortgage tax relief which threatens to dampen activity further. 
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Brits not so social savvy; almost one third risk ID theft by sharing too much information online
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Online research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, reveals a significant portion of social media users risk identity theft by giving fraudsters easy access to personal information. 
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Artificial intelligence to combat money laundering
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Combining Artificial Intelligence and traditional data sources will be key to combatting money laundering says Encompass Corporation and ComplyAdvantage who have today announced their partnership during Innovate Finance’s Global Summit 2017 being held at Livery Hall in London. 
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Comment: EY's latest economic forecast presents opportunities and challenges for UK businesses
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
 “Recently published economic analysis offers a much stronger outlook for the UK’s fluctuating economy than we have seen to date, particularly as businesses look to adjust to slowing consumer spending and rising inflation. A resurgence in the UK’s overseas trading is expected to counterbalance the impact that Brexit and other economic shifts will have on Sterling. Latest forecasts predict that the UK’s GDP will reach 1.8%, with an anticipated surge in exports of 6.7% in 2017 expected to add to the overall figure. It’s no surprise to see the UK building business relationships with countries and continents outside of the EU – Philip Hammond’s latest trade mission in India was an opportunity to build stronger ties between British and Indian businesses. It’s clear that businesses must err on the side of caution amid Brexit negotiations, but stagnating growth will simply lead to fewer business opportunities; the recent EY forecast found that investment by businesses will drop by 2.2% in 2017. Thus, turning to smart data will become even more critical for businesses that want to continue to grow and contribute to the UK’s economy.  
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Equity Release Club and AIR Sourcing announce new relationship with Shawbrook Bank
Monday, 10 April 2017
Equity Release Club, the distributor for equity release and later life advisers, and AIR Sourcing, the sourcing system for equity release and retirement lending products, has today (10th April 2017) announced a new relationship with Shawbrook Bank. 
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4finance Group and FICO ensure compliance with new anti-money laundering requirements
Monday, 10 April 2017
Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO today announced that consumer online lender 4finance Group is using the FICO® TONBELLER® Siron® Anti-Financial Crime Solutions to ensure anti-money laundering regulatory compliance across its global network. Supported by the FICO® Analytic Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the FICO solution has been deployed by 4finance Group in nine EU countries and in Georgia in six months, and is being rolled out across the rest of the lender’s global network.  
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Cryptocurrency growth
Friday, 07 April 2017
First global cryptocurrency benchmarking study, by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, provides comprehensive picture of the cryptocurrency industry and shows that millions of individuals are actively using cryptocurrency today.  
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SMMT UK monthly registration figures for March comment from Close Brothers Motor Finance
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
Paul Kaye, Sales and Marketing Director at Close Brothers Motor Finance, comments on the SMMT UK monthly automotive registration figures for March: “The demand for new cars in March was given a much needed boost following a quiet February. Car buyers held out for the new 17-plate and took advantage ahead of the VED rate changes.
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FICO Launches Cloud-Based Origination Solution to Help Mid-Market Lenders
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
FICO has launched FICO® Origination Manager Essentials to help smaller financial institutions make faster, smarter small business lending decisions. Delivered as a cloud service, the easy-to-use loan origination system streamlines and automates the decision process and gives smaller institutions access to the same powerful analytics in risk assessment for which FICO is known. Lenders using the solution can process small business loan applications in as little as 60 seconds, as opposed to days, which is still the average processing time for many lenders today when dealing with small business credit. 
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Baymarkets adds to Clarity and Clara development teams
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
Baymarkets Technology AB (Baymarkets), a leading Nordic provider of FinTech and RegTech solutions to the global financial services industry, announced today the further strengthening of its delivery capability with the promotion of Enno Runne to Lead Developer for the Clarity platform and the appointment of 3 new members to the Clara development team.     
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Consumer Confusion About Artificial Intelligence
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
A new global study released by Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering customer engagement at the world’s leading enterprises, revealed consumers are confused about what artificial intelligence (AI) really does and have misplaced fears that inhibit them from using AI-based technology. These findings appear to clash with how the UK government wants to make the UK a world leading industrial centre for AI research and development. However, these fears are eased once consumers gain first hand AI experience – which ironically many enjoy today without even realising it.
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