November 16, 2012

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China’s New Guard Takes Power

  There’s a new team in Chinese government, but will they be able to solve some of the endemic problems that have been plaguing China’s rise to the economic top? Xi Jinping was announced as the new Communist party secretary on the 15th of this month, and it looks like he already has some fairly radical ideas [...]

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November 1, 2012

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Well dressed fatcats spending money stalking deer

  While we have been lambasting the City and the astronomical bonuses paid to executives, the one good thing is at least they’re spending it – in Scotland. Over the last year many deer stalking estates have seen a 20% rise in business, with two thirds of that business coming from outside Scotland. This year [...]

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October 17, 2012

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Starbucks avoids paying tax for three years

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One of, if not, the most loved franchised coffee shops operating in the UK has been heavily criticised in recent days. It has come to light that Starbucks have not paid any tax for the last three years; despite sales of £1.2 billion. That might sound inappropriate behaviour for such a large corporation, but Starbucks aren’t doing [...]

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October 15, 2012

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Ethical Investment Week

This week will see ethical investment look at ways people can invest their money in businesses and projects that are considered green finance. There has been something of a boom surrounding ethical investment as people are becoming more aware of where their money is going and how it can have an impact on the environment around [...]

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October 15, 2012

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How long should you learn to drive?

  It’s a sad fact that 17-24 year olds are statisically more dangerous drivers. So much so, that the Association of British Insurers are calling for an overhaul to the system. The ABI want to introduce a number of restrictions, including alcohol limits and night time driving restrictions. However, perhaps the most interesting rule they [...]

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October 12, 2012

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Money: Who Needs It?

  It seems like money makes the world go round. There have however been plenty of experiments involving doing away with the official currency. Before there was proper money goods and services were exchanged directly for each other. Eventually Sumerian types decided that it was easier to trade using granary receipts rather than the grain [...]

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October 10, 2012

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Depression? Who Cares When Your Holiday Was This Cheap!

I have just got back from a holiday; one week in Barcelona doing some essential reading on the beach, see the picture. It was a very last minute holiday, but a lot of fun and very cheap. It is the cheapness I want to talk about today. Most of the time wisdom tells us that [...]

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October 3, 2012

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New pension auto-enrolment system gets mixed reaction

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  Many people procrastinate about saving for their retirement, but as of 1st October 2012, when the government’s new auto-enrolment pension scheme got underway, we’re now obliged to at least consider the prospect. Starting with the UK’s biggest firms (120,000 or more employees), the reforms will gradually be extended to all workplaces over the next [...]

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September 28, 2012

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Why does the US election cost so much?

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Becoming the most powerful man in the world isn’t cheap.And as the race has descended into something resembling a boxing prize fight the costs have only continued to rise. Despite the fact that there is still weeks to go until the polls open, the butchers bill has already passed the $1 billion mark. The US [...]

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September 24, 2012

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The Money Saving Student: Three Top Tips

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  The savvy student knows some smart practices to save money whilst enjoying all that student life has to offer. Often this wisdom is hard-won in the early days of university, with the clueless fresher quickly learning to budget and save through making mistakes. Every year there are hapless first years who spend their student loans [...]

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