Monthly Archive: October 2019

Take-Aways from FPA

Take-Aways from FPA

Last week, I attended the 2019 Financial Planning Association (FPA) conference which contained inspirational messages and personal finance updates for financial advisors. Below are six key take-aways for consumers: ¨     Prepare Yourself to Succeed-...

Citi plans to wake the sleeping parrot

Citi plans to wake the sleeping parrot

The FT reports today that Citi is planning to resuscitate its retail presence in Europe by opening flagship stores in the UK, France and Germany. Just as with the Norwegian Blue in the Monty...

Ever Eastward for HSBC

Ever Eastward for HSBC

Last week HSBC announced what was the first of what is expected to be a number of changes to the executive management of the Group following the announcement of Stuart Gulliver as the new CEO. As...

Was PwC able to objectively evaluate RBSG for FSA?

Was PwC able to objectively evaluate RBSG for FSA?

The Financial Services Authority today announced that they were closing their supervisory investigation into the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, as one of the UK banks that required partial taxpayer bailout support. The FSA...

There's no such thing as free banking

There's no such thing as free banking

John Varley, the outgoing CEO of Barclays, yesterday at the Independent Commission on Banking public meeting said that ‘It is possible that free-if-in-credit banking is a structure that has outlived its time.’ He described...

Standard Life has a Victor Kiam moment

Standard Life has a Victor Kiam moment

Standard Life has announced today that it is to buy Focus Solutions, the financial services products and consultancy business. Victor Kiam, for those old enough to remember, used to go on television saying that...