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80% of fund management industry redundant

80% of fund management industry redundant

Michael Johnson -

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to be congratulated on its recent interim Asset Management Market Study. Its robust, independent and damning evidence skewers any justification that active fund management of listed assets is worth the candle. The consequences for the asset management industry are potentially devastating, but radical surgery is long overdue.

Grade B for Hammond's last Autumn Statement

Grade B for Hammond's last Autumn Statement

Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox - Economy

Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox provide a detailed examination of the UK final Autumn Statement.

Infrastructure can be a bad investment

Infrastructure can be a bad investment

Daniel Mahoney, Tim Knox and George Trefgarne -

Often justified in terms of being “affordable” in a world where the current cost of government borrowing is extraordinarily low, advocating high levels of infrastructure spending is firmly in fashion.

The Free Ports Opportunity

The Free Ports Opportunity

Rishi Sunak MP - Economy

Brexit provides a new trade opportunity for Britain: the creation of Free Ports, writes Rishi Sunak MP.

The State Pension: No Longer Fit for Purpose

The State Pension: No Longer Fit for Purpose

Michael Johnson - Pensions

The State Pension is facing fiscal calamity. Total spending on it has increased by 25% since 2010-11. Michael Johnson urges the Government to take action.

Labour's £17,500 bill for families 

Labour's £17,500 bill for families 

Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox -

Labour’s plans on infrastructure, welfare, employment legislation, tuition fees and shale gas could cost every household nearly £17,500 in just one parliamentary term.

Complexity, Uncertainty and Cost

Complexity, Uncertainty and Cost

Rachel Kelly - Tax

New proposals to address tax avoidance by multi-national corporations could, unintentionally, delay or cancel much-needed UK infrastructure and real estate development.

Dashboard Implementation

Dashboard Implementation

Michael Johnson - Pensions

The ABI Should Be Nice Retaliatory Forgiving and Clear.

Are We Heading for Blackout Britain?

Are We Heading for Blackout Britain?

Daniel Mahoney, Tony Lodge and Tim Knox - Energy

Earlier this month a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances caused electricity prices to rise to record highs with National Grid close issuing an emergency ‘Notice of Insufficient Margin’ to call on extra power.

An ISA-centric framework beckons

An ISA-centric framework beckons

Michael Johnson - Pensions

The recent publication of the Savings (Government Contributions) Bill confirmed that the Government intends to press ahead with the Lifetime ISA, to be launched in April 2017. This is welcomed.

The City Boys are Here to Stay

The City Boys are Here to Stay

Daniel Mahoney, Jon Moulton and Tim Knox - Economy

The UK’s strengths will mean that London continues to be Europe’s leading financial services centre.

A licence to kill? Funding the BBC

A licence to kill? Funding the BBC

Martin Le Jeune - Public Services

On 1 September the BBC TV licence fee will be extended to the iPlayer. The licence fee is however bad for the BBC and bad for customers – and it should be abolished.

The Independence Revolution must go on

The Independence Revolution must go on

Daniel Mahoney - Social Policy

The Government’s record in reducing dependency on the State is strong, but there is plenty more to do..

Apocalypse Soon? The Danger of Further Loosening Monetary Policy

Apocalypse Soon? The Danger of Further Loosening Monetary Policy

Daniel Mahoney, Jon Moulton and Tim Knox -

The UK’s softening fiscal stance opens up the very real risk of a further loosening of monetary policy, whereby inflation is used as a way of dealing with the Government’s debts.

Scotland: Could it become Greece without the sun?

Scotland: Could it become Greece without the sun?

Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox - Economy

Scottish independence would entail significant economic risk. Scotland’s budget deficit is currently over three times higher than the UK average as a % of GDP.