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  • This morning, the FCA said in its Regulation round-up: "We are concerned that there may be a lack of transparency, potential conflicts of interest and irresponsible lending which may exist in the motor finance industry." Our analysis suggests the FCA may refer the market for an in-depth review by the Competition and Markets Authority. Please click on the title for the blog.
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    There can be little doubt now following yesterday’s conviction of six people connected with HBOS lending to small business customers - following a string of other high profile issues concerning small business banking in recent years - that changes to SME finance are on their way. This article considers what we can expect to see and why there are grounds for optimism.
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    In the days after the World Economic Forum in Davos, after Prime Minister May’s 12-point Brexit plan, and President Trump’s ‘America First’ plan, it seems a good time to consider how the leasing industry is shaping up for a what is widely expected to be an economically turbulent 2017. Click the title above for the article.
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    What should we expect to read in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on changes to salary sacrifice car schemes? A new paper from the Government's Office of Tax Simplification provides some clues. Please click on the title above for the blog.
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    A story for anyone interested in the regulation of small and medium-sized companies, promoting business investment, and the effects of Brexit on UK regulations. It happens to be about the dry subject of lease accounting regulation, but the wider issue at stake more than makes up for that!
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    Why the Bank of England's new Term Funding Scheme might work better for non-bank lessors than today's Funding for Lending Scheme. Click on the title above for our analysis.
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    The Financial Conduct Authority's new report into the oversight of Appointed Representatives in the general insurance sector raises some significant issues for motor dealers and also motor and asset finance companies. Click on the title to see our analysis.
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    Please click on the title above for Asset Finance Policy's analysis of the impacts of Brexit and ways in which the industry can prepare for a possible downturn in demand for asset finance.
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    In its 2015 Annual Statistical Review, published last week, the European Investment Bank reports that the UK was the only country in the European Union to have zero EIB financing support specifically for SMEs. Is this a missed opportunity for UK finance companies and lessors in particular? Please click the title for the full article.
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    Minimum standards: Who needs them? Posted on 14 April 2016

    In this article, written for Leasing Life, we explore how best to help asset finance brokers meet the Financial Conduct Authority's requirements for regulated firms. Please click on the title above to open.
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