LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Banks have helped drive dividends paid by UK companies in the second quarter of 2015 to £28.3 billion.
Dividends paid out by UK companies have reached a high not seen since before the financial crisis, with banks leading the way.
New figures from Capita Asset Services show around £28.3 billion was paid out by firms during the second quarter of 2015, rising to £29.2 billion when factoring in special dividends.
The figure is the highest recorded by Capita since it began the process in 2007 and Justin Cooper, chief executive of Shareholder Solutions - a part of Capita - said it would be an "understatement" to say that income investors had enjoyed a "bumper month".Read more >>
Some of China's biggest state-owned banks have contributed to a £134 billion fund being used to boost the country's ailing stock market.
State-owned banks in China have lent over a trillion yuan to a government-owned finance agency to help stem falls on the country's stock market.
China Securities Finance Corp (CSFC) has received 1.3 trillion yuan (£134 billion) over the past few weeks, funds that have been passed on to brokerage firms to help finance share investment.Read more >>
There are many ways businesses can boost employees' productivity for little to no financial outlay, new research shows.
Financial rewards remain the best way of boosting productivity among employers, but there are a number of other measures small businesses can use to make staff work harder.
This is according to new research from Office Genie, which identified a good night's sleep, positive feedback from managers and flexible working hours as three factors that raise productivity among a workforce.Read more >>
Salaries in Britain have grown at the highest levels in five years, a report issued by the Office for National Statistics has revealed.
UK wage growth has hit a high not seen for five years, according to new figures released for the three months to May 2015 from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Average weekly earnings were up 3.2 per cent during the period, slightly below the 3.3 per cent that had been predicted in a poll of economists conducted by Reuters.Read more >>
The government are set to force firms with over 250 employees to release details of their gender pay gap.
Large companies will have to publish details on the gender pay gap within their workforce, David Cameron has promised.Read more >>
Greece will stay in the EU after a bailout agreement was reached following talks that ran through the night.
Greece is to be offered a new bailout deal following extensive talks between Eurozone leaders and Greek ministers.
Discussions went on through the night in Brussels as both parties looked to resolve the deepening financial crisis in Greece, before a revised deal was announced this morning (13 July).Read more >>
In just seven years, Kyle Tyrrell went from working as a chef in a catering business to becoming head of finance at one of the world’s leading insurance companies.
He was awarded Newly Qualified (NQ) Accountant of the Year at the 2015 PQ Magazine Awards. Here, Kyle talks about how his career has excelled since completing ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) at London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).Read more >>
There are a lot of misconceptions about working in accountancy - for example, many assume that finance is a boring subject. As we have written before, this is not necessarily the case.
In addition to having a good head for numbers, accountants also need a sharp sense of professional ethics, an eye for detail, and the ability to make informed judgements about financial decisions – there’s a lot more to it than the public perceptions.Read more >>
What can the next generation of young people expect when it comes to higher education?
Professor Maurits Van Rooijen discusses the value of higher education and the need for a change in attitudes towards re-entering the educational system later in life.Read more >>
UK chancellor George Osborne has announced a new national living wage and outlined £17 billion in cuts in this year's Budget.
A new national living wage and further spending cuts over the next five years are two of the key points announced in today's Budget 2015.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a host of changes in what is the first Budget from a majority Conservative government in nearly two decades.Read more >>
All eyes will be on British chancellor George Osborne this week as he unveils the first Budget of the new Conservative administration.
Although this will be Mr Osborne's seventh Budget as chancellor since succeeding Alistair Darling in 2010, it will be the first delivered under a Conservative majority government, with the departure of former coalition partners the Liberal Democrats expected to have an impact on the strategic direction of government policy.
The announcement on Wednesday (8 July) will therefore be seen as a barometer of what to expect from David Cameron's new administration, with the Budget proposals widely expected to be led by a fresh raft of cuts to public spending.Read more >>
Global markets are readjusting following after the Greek referendum on the terms of its proposed bailout led to a resounding rejection of further austerity measures in the country.
The nation went to the polls yesterday (5 July) in a referendum called by the leftist Syriza government to decide whether or not to accept austerity proposals from the country's creditors - including the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - that had been set out as preconditions for any further bailouts for the debt-stricken nation.Read more >>
Venture capital investment in technology companies across Britain hit $1.5 billion in the six months to June, with London leading the way.
A record high of almost $1.5 billion (£963 million) was invested by venture capital firms in Britain's technology companies during the first half of 2015.
This is according to new figures released by London & Partners, the promotional company for the capital set up by mayor Boris Johnson.Read more >>
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has revealed plans are being put in place to shield the British economy from the financial crisis in Greece.
The economic crisis in Greece could have a knock-on effect on the UK economy, but the Bank of England (BoE) is taking steps to ensure it remains protected.Read more >>
Ecommerce looks set to boom in India in the coming years, with many companies looking to take advantage.
Ecommerce has taken developed nations by storm, changing the way both consumers and businesses make purchases. It has been hugely popular across Europe, the US and Asia for years, and now other nations are catching up.
One country where ecommerce is expected to boom is India. A PwC report, using data from the Internet and Mobile Association of India, shows the sector grew in value from $3.8 billion (£2.4 billion) in 2009 to an estimated $12.6 billion in 2013, and this rise is expected to continue.Read more >>
Better-than-expected GDP figures and a 15-year high in consumer confidence have both boosted the UK economy.
There has been a double boost for the UK economy yesterday (June 30th), with statistics revealing not only that growth has been stronger than expected this year, but that consumer confidence has jumped.
The Office for National Statistics says that gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, greater than the 0.3 per cent it initially estimated.Read more >>
Greece now looks likely to default on loans and could exit the euro as banks close and prime minister Alexis Tsipras calls a referendum.
Shares have fallen around Europe today (29 June) as markets react to the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, where banks are expected to remain closed all week.
The FTSE 100 ended the day down nearly two per cent, as banking and travel stocks reacted negatively to Greece inching closer to leaving the euro.Read more >>
Governments should ramp up investment in research to power innovation in renewable energy, says Bill Gates.
Philanthropist Bill Gates has called on governments to shift to funding research into renewable energies, instead of merely subsidising it.Read more >>
New research shows that the cities of New York and London provide the best environment for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
New York and London are the top two cities for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, according to a new report. The research, published by innovation charity Nesta, Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult, sought to measure how well a city strives to support budding businesses in the tech community.Read more >>
Cole Commission report urges UK government to further support and fund small exporters to help reach £1 trillion goal.
The UK’s government has been called upon to improve British exports by a new report, which suggests cabinet-led action to make it easier to support businesses. Commissioned by the last Labour opposition, the study said that improving UK exports was a “huge task” that should not be underestimated.Read more >>
Bank of England deputy governor Jon Cunliffe forecasts improvement in Britain’s productivity as reserve of spare labour runs out.
The solution to Britain’s productivity problem could be just around the corner, according to Jon Cunliffe, the Bank of England’s (BOE’s) deputy governor for financial stability. He predicts that productivity in the UK is set to gradually increase as the economy’s spare labour capacity dries up.
Speaking in Luton, Mr Cunliffe outlined how several factors were aligning to suggest that productivity growth in Britain would resume after eight years of contraction.Read more >>
European stock markets surge on renewed optimism over the Greek debt crisis.
Equities in Europe took a positive turn after new developments in the ongoing Greek debt crisis on Monday 22nd June. Hopes for a coming deal between the heavily indebted nation and its European creditors soared on news that Greece had submitted a new reform proposal that sought a compromise on key issues.Read more >>
Market regulator of India, Sebi, will create a platform to help startups get listed and raise funds.
India’s market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), will be implementing new changes to help startups access funding and go public. The plans will embrace current technology to create a new electronic system for startups that wish to embark on their initial public offering (IPO).Read more >>
The UK’s hottest tech startups part of London Tech City’s Future Fifty are growing at six times the rate than other UK businesses.
Startups that are part of Tech City’s Future Fifty, some of the UK’s leading digital businesses, have been found to be growing at a rate that is six times faster than the national average.Read more >>
The Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, surpassed Europe in terms of private wealth, says Boston Consulting Group report.
Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s second-richest region in terms of private wealth last year, according to new research. Private wealth in the Asia Pacific, which excludes Japan, grew by a steep 29 per cent in 2014 to nearly £30 trillion. The stellar rise was aided by increase in the number of millionaires in India and China.Read more >>