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The latest buzzwords on everyone’s lips is FinTech; the apparently effortless splicing of finance and technology into one expression. This seamless merger belies reality as the people working in the two industries are akin to oil and water when it comes to culture and terminology.
Last Wednesday the government formally announced plans to welcome and regulate digital currency activity in the UK. The promise of research funding, police training, and pragmatic regulation are welcome first steps, but to what end?
The public image of bitcoin, cultivated by the media, is of the international criminal’s currency of choice – an anonymous, untraceable means of laundering proceeds of crime. This has made for compelling column inches, but the opposite is true.
Last week, in London – one of the richest cities in the world – the Mayor announced a “Level 7 Warning” on air pollution. High levels of pollutants like NO2 and particulates fill the air, causing a perceptible haze in areas like St James’s Park.
If you’re anything like me, in various accounts online you’ll have some pounds, some airmiles, some supermarket rewards points, perhaps even some dollars or euros. These are all forms of money – they’re tokens that can be exchanged for some kind of good or service.
George Osborne has delivered what may be his last Budget Speech, so it’s apt to pause for a little retrospective. He’ll probably be best remembered for the budget he’d most like to forget, the so-called ‘Omnishambles’.
Even amidst noisier debates around immigration or the economy, housing remains a major political issue. David Cameron’s promise on Monday that the Conservatives would build 200,000 new ‘starter homes’ by 2020 was met by Ed Miliband’s assertion that a future Labour government would have “no greater priority” than housing.
It is concerning to read this morning of the decision to scrap the Financial Conduct Authority’s approved persons register and place the burden of regulating the conduct of individuals on the firms themselves, giving them primary responsibility for the fitness of all regulated staff.
Among financial and techie communities, digital currencies (DC), such as bitcoin, have become the exciting development to watch. It’s exciting because it could transform the way we transfer money in the UK.
In 2011 and 2012 small numbers of disgruntled economics students started cropping up in universities across the UK. In Cambridge, Manchester, then UCL groups formed of those who were unhappy with the state of economics.
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