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Blogs by Raiyan Azmi

  • So you want to hang on to RBS?

    So you want to hang on to RBS?

    | Economy
    The headlines everywhere from the Financial Times to the Independent and the Daily Mail say the same thing: George Osborne is planning to sell the state’s stake in RBS “at a loss”. Chris Leslie, the Shadow Chancellor, says taxpayers want their money back in full, and he’s not the only ...
  • What’s holding back the equity release market?

    What’s holding back the equity release market?

    | Economy
    As in most of the developed world, the United Kingdom is bracing itself for the slow squeeze of ageing on its economy. Even after accounting for future rises to the state pension age, the Office for National Statistics has projected the old-age dependency ratio to fall by 15.6% within twenty ...
  • The North East does not fit the Northern Powerhouse model

    The North East does not fit the Northern Powerhouse model

    | Economy
    George Osborne has been busy. Less than a week after being re-elected in his constituency Tatton, which lies just south of Greater Manchester, he made the trip to the North again to present an extension of his plans to create a Northern Powerhouse. Speaking in Manchester, he foretold dramatic improvements ...