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As an accounting professional working with small businesses, you have the opportunity to become a professional chameleon, offering counsel far beyond your traditional remit.Working...

2016: The Year of the Unicorns

It was venture capitalist Aileen Lee who first coined the term “unicorn” to describe a private technology firm valued at over US$1 billion. The...

Aussie rules: a new fintech superpower

Most commentators agree that London has firmly established itself as the world’s premier fintech hub. The UK capital benefits from a supportive government, and...

Transparency and trust: alternative finance is anchored in traditional values

It has been another difficult month for the banking sector. Swiss prosecutors have raided the offices of the Geneva subsidiary of HSBC to aid...

Finance ready to evolve in 2015

Lending Club’s successful IPO ensured that 2014 ended on a high note for the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry. The largest platform in the US...

Charting a Course Out of Dark Waters?

The accounting industry will be aware of the allegations of failures of culture and conduct that continue to surface within the banking sector -...

Savings revolution – government consults on game-changing £15,000 P2P ISA

The government has finally published its much anticipated consultation on how peer-to-peer (P2P) loans will be included within Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs). It has been...

Barbarians at the gate? Or the making of an industry?

The dam has given way and the large institutions have arrived in UK peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. Earlier this month – amidst much media fanfare -...

Too big to fail? Barclays takes another hit

In another damaging blow for the "under pressure" banking industry, Barclays recently announced that they will be cutting a total of 19,000 jobs worldwide...

‘Bricks and mortar’ banks facing increasing competition from ‘booming’ internet finance...

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