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Brexit Means....Bashing The Ear Of The Regulators ?

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Financial services: optimism about the overall business situation fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, the longest period of declining sentiment since the global financial crisis of 2008, and the sharpest fall since December 2008.

So says the quarterly survey of 103 firms in the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. "A more pessimis...

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FCA Pledges To Walk The Walk On Diversity

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 2:05 AM

There's nothing quite like 'walking the walk' - instead of 'talking the talk.'

This might well pose translation problems out of English as it is wonderul this blog has always had a global audience... but, hey - that seems to be the least of the problems on governance that abound. 'Walking the walk' means doing what you say you intend to do.

Before those who are disgruntled decide to troll me on Twitter (attention Tim Bush and any other analysts

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Audit Rotation - Anyone Listening ? And Is It Just 'Musical Chairs' Anyway?

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 1:40 PM

EY, the 'Big Four' professional services firm, has found that around a fifth of FTSE 350 companies are "woefully unprepared" for EU reforms on audit rotation set to take effect in June. Yep, in less than two months. Doziness, or worse - more ostriches in the boardroom ? 

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Guest Blog: Solvency II Set To Make 2016 An Exciting Ride For Insurer Boards

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM


  David Biggin is a financial services regulation expert at PA Consulting Group.

Solvency II : set to make 2016 an exciting ride for insurer boards

 "The implementation of Solvency II on 1 January 2016 comes after 10 years of work from ...

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#BT: A Complete Disregard For The Individual As Customer

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When did telecom companies delivering technology services stop focusing on the customer service element of their offering? Perhaps when we all became so desperate for the latest way to be 'connected' that they saw their opportunity to make a killing.

At any rate, as customers in the UK, we now seem to be in a bad place. We are expected to tbe DIY recipients of what they throw at us, grabbing at the latest offers (new customers only), neglected if loyal, unable to get hold of...

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Refining Principles of #CorpGov + Rethinking Business

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Today the UK's watchdog on corporate governance, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)  said it was going to look at the quality of explanations by those companies that choose not to comply with UK Corporate Governance Code."

Does that mean 'comply or explain' is now being recognised as a flawed means of spreading 'principles' rather than 'rules' when it comes to corporate governance? The 'wiggle room' has c...

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Ryanair And The Case Of The Muddled Message

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM

There's something in the air when it comes to business attitudes to regulation. Sometimes they seem to veer from exasperated compliance to unadulterated flippancy.

That's unfortunate, because there's this new EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) about to land - as explored in the last Board Talk.

Over the last year to 18 months, a strea...

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