Finance 2011

Ethics: Honesty is the best company policy

May 11, 2011

Recently, a senior employee in a law firm asked for advice regarding a disturbing practice among some of the firm's partners. This behaviour, while not illegal, was certainly not ethical, so I suggested he look at the company's ethical policy. On the firm's website for all to see was an ethical policy so virtuous that it would have made Moses proud!

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Insurance: Cuts require treatment

By Martin Howell, May 11, 2011

While spending on the NHS has been ringfenced by the government, it is in all reality a cut in real terms that will plainly affect the quality and delivery of hospital treatment in the years to come. It is much better to receive treatment in a private hospital with hotel type accommodation, without delay.

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Analysis: If this is good news,why does it feel so bad?

By Oliver Ralph, May 11, 2011

Those who view life through the microcosm of the stock market might be forgiven for thinking that all is well with the world.

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Analysis: Wealth tax should not be a stealth tax

By Allister Heath, May 11, 2011

It was Milton Friedman, the late lamented economist, who described inflation as taxation without legislation. How right he was. Over the past year, the British public has suffered a national pay cut of around 2.5 per cent, becauseprices are rising at a much faster rate than incomes.

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Analysis: Calling in the crash team to bring the economy back to life

By Alex Brummer, May 11, 2011

The best book on the Great Crash of 1929 is John Kenneth Galbraith's succinct account, written in 1956, some 27 years after the events that brought the world economy to a shuddering halt. It had the advantage of perspective, something that was lacking from the many accounts of the financial panic of 2007 to 2009. This includes my own effort, The Crunch.

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Tax: Call the plumber! It's an emergency

May 11, 2011

We are told that the Messianic era will be preceded by a period of great confusion, where previously accepted norms are turned on their heads. Over the past century, we have seen several events that previously were not thought to be possible, such as the creation of the State of Israel and the downfall of communism.

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Dispute resolution: Instead of courting disaster, try something more agreeable

May 11, 2011

Business-related financial disputes happen. Most will be settled by negotiation. However, should matters escalate to litigation, resolution can become particularly costly and time-consuming, and can divert attention away from the management of the business itself, where it may be most needed.

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Venture Capital: California dreaming or wake up screaming?

May 11, 2011

I suppose I am not the only corporate lawyer to reach a point where my clients' faces are becoming younger and younger. I keep reminding myself that, from a business perspective, that's a good thing. The younger faces are, one hopes, the future clients of the firm, relate well to our younger lawyers and bring fresh drive and impetus to our practice.

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Personal Finance: Dog-loving bank unleashes a new way of serving UK customers

May 11, 2011

When MetroBank opened last year, it was the first new bank to open in London in more than a century. And the inspiration behind it, Vernon Hill II, is very pleased with the way things have gone since the first store, as the branches are called, began trading last July.

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Financial planning: Relatively complex

May 11, 2011

Your parents have retired to Netanya, your daughter is in Australia and your son has settled in New York and started a family there. You could be heading for an inheritance nightmare. Anglo Capital has teamed up with the international law firm Withers LLP to share their expertise on tax and financial planning for "the international Jewish family".

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