The finger of blame for the global financial crisis of 2007-09, which saw hundreds of banks worldwide dump their losses on taxpayers and whose fallout continues to be felt six years on, has been pointed in a number of directions.
Many times as I have surveyed the credit crunch era, it has been apparent to me that economic policy in the countries affected is set to benefit borrowers and debtors. I would love to think that the world economy is now “saved”, and the UK economy’s current mini-boom will extend to the end of time. But, you see, such phases were present in the Great Depression of the 1920/1930s and the clue is in its name.
Chancellor George Osborne reveals a cut to the annual tax-free allowance for pensions but raises the ISA contribution limit
The UK government desperately wants investors and asset managers to act as its front line in the war against ‘crony capitalism’, irresponsible management and fat cat pay. Investors, unenthusiastic about performing such a role even at the best of times, are warning they are probably unable to unless the law is changed.
Do you have a 'cafeteria plan'? Why not? Have you ever heard of 'wimbledonization'? Don’t you think you should have? Can you guess what a 'stockalypse' is? Does all this jargon make your head spin? If there is one thing that the global financial crash has reminded us of, it’s that we are all connected.
Agreement was reached and the markets plunged. Why? Because the markets, most of the time, are not stupid... The fact that world stocks hit a two-week low the day after the US finally cobbled together an agreement on the debt ceiling should have surprised no one, and was in fact a perfectly rational response to all that had gone before.
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Much of the major pensions-related reforms within this Budget was trailed early, notably the introduction of a flat state pension and the recommendations made by the Hutton report. Still, it is a significant budget in terms of its ramifications for pensions in the UK and there was one notable detail, namely the aim to index the state pension to longevity going forward in some way.
QFINANCE brings to you its top 5 financial news stories of the week, along with relevant QFINANCE articles and definitions to fill you in on background details. Stories this week include protests across France against pension reforms, the UK spending review, and G20 reactions to the currency wars.
After a heated public debate about the unfairness of public sector pensions, Lord Hutton’s interim report comes as a breadth of fresh air. Its tone and suggested approach to addressing the issues is measured, which must surely be a good thing in such an emotionally-charged environment.