Posted By Anisa Choudhary
Do you have an idea as to what Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Bank of America Corporation, and Morgan Stanley have in common?
They are the top investment banks in the world. So what exactly are investment banks and what do they do? Read on to get an idea.
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A report from Big Four accountancy firm PwC has predicted that the Open Banking sector could be worth £2.8bn by the end of the year and £7.2bn by 2022.
The report, entitled “How to Seize the Open Banking Opportunity”, highlighted the challenges of getting businesses to make use of the initiative, which involves banks sharing customer data with third-party firms.Read more >>
A study from Network Research has shown that Open Banking is set to revolutionise the way that UK consumers manage their personal finances.
The research has been tracking 500 UK consumers since May 2018 to monitor their awareness of Open Banking and to find out if they are making use of the initiative and how likely they are to use it in the future.Read more >>
Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank owner CYBG has confirmed that it has agreed to buy financial services brand Virgin Money for £1.7bn, a move that will create one of the largest banks in the UK.
The deal includes an agreement over shareholders, with Virgin Money’s shareholders set to receive 1.2125 new CYBG shares for each Virgin Money share that they hold. The financial services firm’s shareholders will own 38% of the newly merged bank.Read more >>
The UK’s Treasury Committee is calling for the “alpha male” culture in financial services to come to an end in a bid to help women in the sector to progress into senior roles.
A report from the Committee identified the areas in financial services that are most affected by the alpha-male culture, with the issue being evident during bonus negotiations in some firms.Read more >>
A new competition has been launched to help the UK’s most promising financial technology start-up companies boost their growth.
Applications are now open for the competition, which is being delivered by tech entrepreneur network Tech Nation as part of the Treasury’s fintech strategy.Read more >>
A study from accountancy firm Smith & Williamson has shown that financial services firms are feeling confident about their prospects, with three in four expecting improvements over the next 12 months.
The study of more than 1,000 businesses found that nearly half believe that their prospects will improve significantly over the next 12 months, with businesses feeling mostly positive about recruitment.Read more >>
Several UK banks have signed up to a group that will focus on the fairness of business banking for SMEs.
Lloyds, RBS, Barclays, Santander, HSBC, Triodos UK and Clydesdale are among the banks that have joined the group, which is run by UK banking and financial services trade association UK Finance and the Lending Standards Boards (LSB) in partnership with the all-party parliamentary group (APPG).Read more >>
New figures have shown that the UK is the tech unicorn capital of Europe, with 37% of Europe’s tech firms that are unicorn status being based in the UK.
The figures, which coincide with London Tech Week, show that the UK is home to 13 of Europe’s 34 unicorn firms, which are companies that are valued at £1bn.Read more >>
The technology sector in the UK is moving far ahead of its European competitors, with data revealing that in 2017, the UK was able to attract more venture capital investment than France, Germany and Sweden put together. Tech businesses in the UK pulled in £7.8bn in funding in 2017, nearly twice as much as the year before.
Research from Tech Nation and Dealroom demonstrated that venture capital investment in the UK in 2017 was far ahead of the £3.2bn total of Germany and the £2.8bn brought in by France. The boost to the tech sector has also assisted with propelling foreign direct investment growth in the UK, enabling it to remain the number one destination for this kind of funding.Read more >>
The ways in which people are managing their money are being transformed by digital innovation – with apps at the forefront of the changes – as consumers in the UK logged into their banking apps as many as 5.5 billion times in 2017.
Customers are increasingly making use of new technologies to consult with experts away from normal banking hours instead of having to do so during their working day, with over 5.5 million customer web chats taking place last year, according to the major banks.Read more >>
Up to £40,000 is to be invested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs into projects that make use of digital technology to track the way that waste moves through the UK economy.
The investment represents one aspect of the UK government’s GovTech Catalyst project, which aims to give businesses incentives to create intelligent solutions to challenges in the public sector.Read more >>
There are many routes into accountancy, are you confused whether to go into audit, statutory reporting or management accounting amongst others? Which one is the right one for you?
LSBF ‘Being Global - Future-proof your career in accountancy’ conference on 11th June has been designed to give clarity and advice on which is the right career path for you.Read more >>
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the first accounting body to lend its support to a multi-business, cross-party campaign aimed at introducing retention deposit schemes targeted at SMEs. The new scheme would put an end to the practice of withholding payments for unreasonable amounts of time and remove the risk of losing retention costs via contractor bankruptcy.
Conservative MP Peter Aldous kick-started the campaign with the introduction of a Private Members’ Bill in order to protect retention deposits in conjunction with construction contracts.Read more >>
The OECD has upgraded the growth forecast for the UK in spite of previous worries over the Brexit issue while still noting a failure to improve in terms of productivity. The influential worldwide organisation said that the UK economy is set to grow quicker across the rest of this year and in 2019 than was previously believed, despite continued uncertainties over the country’s withdrawal from the EU.
The most recent Economic Outlook report, which is published twice a year, points out that the economic growth of the UK remains relatively modest in comparison to other major economies, projecting the GDP to rise by 1.4% this year, a revised upward projection from the 1.2% that was predicted in the previous forecast.Read more >>
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of SME owners believe that a bright future is on the way with forecasts of growth of up to as much as 40% over the course of the next two years, according to the annual survey of SMEs in the UK carried out by Wesleyan Bank, the specialist commercial finance provider.
The SME Heroes or Zeros 2018 report shows that 54% have greater confidence regarding the prospects of their companies in 2019, with the possible impact of Brexit a source of concern for just 11% of respondents. Even in spite of the uncertain economy of the UK, the findings demonstrate that there has been a significant shift from business owners in terms of defiance.Read more >>
This week, UK economists are looking for hopeful indications of a rise in consumer confidence following last week’s confirmation that the nation’s economy put in a poor performance during the first quarter of 2018. According to consensus, business expectations indicate that the consumer confidence data set to be published on Thursday by GfK will show a marginal pickup from the negative nine to eight reading, Trading Economics has reported.
Consumer confidence is a crucial bellwether for the future of economic growth in the Gross Domestic Product, especially given how heavily dependent the UK economy is on services.Read more >>
Coworking is increasingly big business in the UK. Those who decide to cowork when building a start-up enterprise, those who are running a team remotely, and big corporations offering greater autonomy and flexibility are contributing to the coworking market’s massive growth, which is showing no indication of declining.
According to a forecast from the Global Coworking Unconference Conference, there will be as many as 5.1 million paid coworking members and 30,432 spaces all over the world, with an annual growth rate at an average of 24.2% in the market since 2007.Read more >>
Online MBA programs offer students the ability to study anywhere and at any time they choose, even while holding down a job, so long as they have access to the internet. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, flexibility, and having access to high-quality programs without the need for travel, are two of the biggest reasons why students are choosing to take an MBA program online rather than on a traditional campus.
There are a wide array of MPA programs beginning to pop up online, and while most require at least some campus time for students, a growing number are delivering their courses completely online.Read more >>
Research from accounting software provider Intuit QuickBooks has shown that 75% of accountants are aware of Making Tax Digital (MTD), a legislation that will see businesses being required to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates instead of filing annual tax returns.
The study explored accountants’ views on MTD and found that more than 35% believe that the introduction of the legislation will provide an opportunity to drive positive change within the accounting industry.Read more >>
A report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has found that more employers are feeling positive about the UK economy, with confidence reaching its highest level since August 2017.
The study found that 30% of employers in the UK are feeling confident about the future prospects of the economy, compared to 29% who believe that economic conditions are getting worse.Read more >>
The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) is calling for the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) to make amendments to the Open Banking initiative’s framework to help financial technology firms to realise its potential.
The UK payments industry trade body believes that banks should be forced to help fintechs have access to Open Banking and that more should be done to boost consumer trust in the initiative.Read more >>
A study from financial comparison website Know Your Money has revealed that London is the UK’s most entrepreneurial region, with 66.2% of London-based respondents considering starting their own business.
The study found that 47.6% of UK adults want to set up their own business, with this figure increasing to 64.8% for those between the ages of 16 to 24.Read more >>
The latest figures from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have shown that the number of permanent vacancies in the financial services sector increased by 10% in the 12 months leading up to April 2018.
The research, which focuses on professional recruitment, also showed an increase in permanent placements in financial services, with an annual rise of 19%.Read more >>
Student accommodation aggregator website Nestpick has named London as one of the best cities for entrepreneurial millennials, with the city earning a place in the top ten.
More than 100 cities were included in the research, which was conducted as part of Nestpick’s larger Millennial City Ranking.Read more >>