Ofcom calls for ‘legally separate’ Openreach

Regulator wants BT’s infrastructure arm to have its own board

RBS/NatWest consider charging to hold cash

Customers could be hit by negative interest rates if BoE cuts further

AB InBev raises SABMiller offer on weak pound

Brewer bows to activist investor pressure following Brexit vote

Break up FCA financial watchdog, say MPs

Treasury committee makes case for new separate enforcement division

Martin Weale, Member of the MPC, photographed in his office in the Bank of England this afternoon.
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MPC member shifts stance on stimulus call

Stimulus measures all but certain at bank’s August 4 meeting

Homeowners’ £18bn tax relief under fire

Audit office calls for scrutiny of loophole for main residences

UK centrist politicians hunt for platform

Options include a new party, pressure groups and local alliances

Royal Mint delivers bumper profits

Online push begins to reap benefits

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Man Group benefits from flight to quants

Hedge fund suffers a drop in profits and funds under management

Just Eat Group, the fast food service that lets you order take away meals on your phone or online. The company has over 20,000 takeaways listed in UK, online menus, pay online via card, customer reviews/ratings and instant order confirmation. Image from Just Eat

World is growing taller — but very unevenly

Dutch men and Latvian women enjoy best view of growth spurt

Apple earnings: what to expect

Analysts forecast worst quarter for iPhone since launch 9 years ago

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Liverpool VR start-up heads to the US

Virtual meetings app shows the potential for social interaction

How Tuscan dream became bad loan nightmare

One family’s €800,000 debt is emblematic of Italy’s bank crisis

Fearful Japanese thwart Abe on equities

The great quest to persuade the Japanese public to invest in stocks is falling on fearful ears

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"From the outside, at least, it seems to me that the German tradition is to educate people for their work, that is offer in-house training, which is specific and work related. In the UK the 'stupid' aspiration is for 50% to be sent to university, with none, or very little, work specific training. Perhaps this is why German industry, as whole, is superior to that in the UK."
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"If your financial advisor tells you to adjust your portfolio every so often based on various potential future outcomes, fire him. Your asset allocation should already be set up to weather all conditions based on your risk tolerances and financial goals."
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