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Are you prepared for the technology revolution?

Are you prepared for the technology revolution?

With Halifax said to be trialling the use of heartbeat monitors to determine a customer’s identity, technology in the financial sector appears to be advancing more quickly than ever. The bank has revealed plans to use special wristbands to check the heartbeat of its customers – something which is completely unique to each individual - before allowing them to access their online banking facilities.

Big Decisions

Big Decisions

Business likes its buzz words and one of the most often quoted in recent times has been the term ‘Big Data.’ Definitions of ‘Big Data’ vary but one simple and widely held view is that it refers to the massive volumes of both structured and unstructured data that can be mined to reveal patterns or trends around customer behavior and your interaction with them.

Target Group more than doubles profits in 2014 financial year

Target Group more than doubles profits in 2014 financial year

Target Group, the financial services outsourcing and software provider, has today revealed it has more than doubled its profits in the 2014 financial year. The company posted EBITDA of £5.5m in 2014 - a £3.3m increase on the 2013 figure of £2.2m. Turnover increased by over £11m over the same period from £34.7m to £46.1m.

Target Group enters UK Structured Products Market as product manufacturer and distributor

Target Group enters UK Structured Products Market as product manufacturer and distributor

Target Group, the financial services outsourcing and software provider, today announces it is entering the UK structured product industry as a new product provider. This move will see Target designing Retail Structured Products and distributing via Intermediaries under the brand “Hartmoor Financial”.

Question and Answer with Richard Thompson, Partner Portfolio Advisory Group at PwC

Question and Answer with Richard Thompson, Partner Portfolio Advisory Group at PwC

We catch up with Richard Thompson, Partner Portfolio Advisory Group at PwC.

Asset Rich or Cash Poor. Is Equity Release what you are looking for?

Asset Rich or Cash Poor. Is Equity Release what you are looking for?

2014 was the best year ever recorded for Equity Release lending. £1.4bn was loaned into the market and the number of new customers also reached its highest level for 6 years.

The inexorable rise of the new lender and TPMA

The inexorable rise of the new lender and TPMA

So we have recovered. It seems that most commentators believe that the UK economy is back on a safer footing (despite some notable risks and potential headwinds) and as the wider economic environment continues to improve the UK mortgage market is, broadly speaking, on the up. 2014 saw regulatory issues dominate.

A quarter of consumers find buying insurance online confusing, says Target Group

A quarter of consumers find buying insurance online confusing, says Target Group

Over a quarter of consumers (28%) find buying or looking for insurance online confusing, according to new research from the financial services software and outsourcing provider Target Group.The research asked consumers for their perspective on insurers’ online efforts, how they prefer to communicate with insurers and what factors influence how they buy insurance products.

Ian Ferguson Q&A

Ian Ferguson Q&A

We have a quick Q&A with Ian Ferguson