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DueDil Founder Kimmelman: Public Markets are Boring

Public markets have become boring because there is so much information available to both buyers and sellers, says Damian Kimmelman, CEO of DueDil, speaking at Wired Money. “The difference between what I offer my security for and what somebody wants to purchase it for is next to zero. There is so much information out there on both sides, so much ... Read More »

The Guardian Launches Online Financial Inclusion Network

The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network launched its Financial Inclusion hub, featuring stories, infographics, videos, and other resources on financial inclusion issues worldwide. The hub will be updated regularly over the coming months with original content. The first collection of posts includes: Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in East Africa Funeral insurance in South Africa: counting the ... Read More »

Callcredit Launches IncomeFocus

Organisations across the world can now better understand the household income of their customers and markets with the launch of Callcredit Information Group’s unique IncomeFocus product. IncomeFocus provides companies across sectors such as financial services, retail, automotive, utilities and telecoms, an accurate average income value at a highly granular geographical level across over 40 international markets.  Created using the most precise ... Read More »

Regulatory Strategies Recognized with UK Data Protection Consultancy of the Year 2014 Award

BIIA is delighted to learn that Regulatory Strategies has been independently recognized by Acquisition Finance magazine (ACQ) with the UK Data Protection Consultancy of the Year 2014 Award   Congratulations to Mike Bradford and his team!  Regulatory Strategies Founder Mike Bradford is an acknowledged expert in UK and international regulatory and consumer affairs, compliance and data protection, combining a strategic ... Read More »

Experian and Capita Partner in Rental Exchange Project

The Experian – Capita partnership will enable housing providers to share their tenants’ rental payment information quickly and easily Experian® has partnered with Capita’s software services business, to enable easy and efficient collection of social housing rental data from social housing providers.  By sharing rental data, social housing providers will play a key role in helping their tenants gain access ... Read More »

Platts Acquires Eclipse Energy Group, Deepening Its Analytical Expertise in European Gas, Power and Global LNG Markets

Deal Supports Strategy of Linking Price and Fundamentals to Provide Unique Insights Platts announced that it has acquired London-based Eclipse Energy Group, a privately owned provider of data and analysis on the European gas, power and global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets. The acquisition will enable Platts, a business of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), to combine Eclipse Energy’s analytics with Platts’ pricing information ... Read More »

Experian Q1 Revenues (fiscal 2015) Up 4% (3% Organically)

In the three months to 30 June 2014, total revenue from continuing activities increased by 4%, at constant exchange rates growth was 3% and organic revenue was unchanged. The difference relates mainly to the acquisitions of The 41st Parameter (41st Parameter) and Passport Health Communications (Passport) and to the translation effect of the movement in British pound sterling relative to ... Read More »

Credit Benchmark Raises $7m to Reshape the Credit Risk Information Market and Increase Transparency

Former Data Explorers entrepreneurs Mark Faulkner and Donal Smith launched Credit Benchmark, an innovative financial technology company have raised $7m in a Series A financing round led by Index Ventures to accelerate its development of a new data source in the $6bn credit risk information market. Today marks the launch of Credit Benchmark’s commercial service for banks.  Following completion of a ... Read More »

SME Access to Finance: UK Small Businesses Lack Access to Credit, Skills and Broadband

Britain’s nearly 5m small businesses remain worried about a lack of access to credit, a shortage of skilled workers and poor broadband services, according to a recent article in the Financial Times. UK’s private sector businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises, employing an estimated 14.4m, nearly 60 per cent of the private sector workforce. Their annual turnover is estimated at £1.6tn. Late payments by larger corporations ... Read More »

UK Regulator to Clean Up Payday Lending Industry

New Payday Loan Rules Come Into Force New rules that came into force on in the UK to limit payday lenders to two so-called “rollovers” – a common practice where loans are extended and fees charged if a customer fails to repay.  They also ban providers from attempting to take missed payments direct from customers’ bank accounts or credit cards ... Read More »

The Wonga Debt Collection Scandal Part II

The UK Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, called for an investigation by the Met Police for “dishonest activity” in sending letters from fake lawyers. The Society said the payday lender’s actions could have amounted to blackmail and deception. The City of London Police have confirmed they will re-consider opening a criminal investigation into Wonga.  Previously they ... Read More »

Bureau van Dijk (BvD) Wins Business Intelligence Publisher of the Year Award in the UK

BvD has won business intelligence publisher of the year, UK in Acquisition International’s M&A Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in all areas of M&A and are sponsored by UK-based AI Global Media, Acquisition International Magazine. They are voted for by a global network of expert M&A professionals, advisers, clients, peers and industry insiders. BvD is the recipient of the Business Intelligence ... Read More »