Finance in the News – w/c 13.12.21

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Short summaries of recent articles we think you will find useful from some of the UK’s broadsheets.

FINANCIAL TIMES

2022: Stock picking opportunities abound, but inflation raises the risks
FT Money’s investment panel predicts bulls, bears and frogs in the year ahead.
Finance industry sceptical over FCA plan to shake up rules
Trade groups and finance experts question whether the City watchdog’s new ‘consumer duty’ can succeed.
Freelancers forced into tax avoidance by umbrella companies
Unscrupulous operators take advantage of contractors after controversial tax changes.
Regulator treads a fine line as financial services evolve
Responsibility to raise standards does not rest with the FCA alone.
Can commercial property help investors hedge inflation?
Despite the pandemic, central London office blocks look a good bet.
Santander to launch an ETF robo-adviser with SigFig
The plans, revealed in a regulatory filing, did not specify which ETFs had been selected for the portfolios.

THE TIMES

Welcome to the age of the mammoth mortgage
Homeowners are taking on bigger debts because of soaring house prices and risk being caught out by rising rates.
I don’t want lower taxes, I want fairer taxes
Politicians on the right are obsessed with tax cuts, those on the left are obsessed with taxing the rich. But it’s not how much you tax people so much as how you tax them
Why it’s time to give up that dividend obsession
Savers in the UK have long had an obsession with dividend-paying companies. That’s why our domestic stock market has the highest dividend yield of any country in the world — 3.3%.

THE TELEGRAPH

Thousands of fraudsters infiltrate banks to steal our data
Financial firms hired hundreds of employees who had already been caught committing fraud.
Men get £700 more than women every pay rise
Almost no progress has been made on closing Britain’s gender pay gap in the past 25 years.
Holly Tucker: ‘We had to use credit cards to pay our employees’
Not On The High Street founder on struggling to pay the bills, and her best advice to other entrepreneurs.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

Zopa exits peer-to-peer lending to focus on banking
Company tells its 60,000 existing P2P investors it will be handing them back their money.
England’s theatres and restaurants fear another ruinous Christmas
Latest Covid restrictions could push bookings down by 50% at some attractions, government warned.

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