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Change in student loan accounting could add £10bn to national debt2h Change in student loan accounting could add £10bn to national debt
Possible decision by ONS would reopen question of funding of students in England The government faces an extra £10bn being added to its borrowing as the result of a radical shake-up in the accounting for student loans, with experts warning of increased uncertainty over the outlook for university funding. The Office for National Statistics is
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UK householders pick up bill for bust energy firms2h UK householders pick up bill for bust energy firms
Watchdog criticised as bills rise by £80m to cater for 500,00 customers left in lurch by failed companies Letter:
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Questions over energy firms’ £58m debt to renewables obligation scheme | Letters2h Questions over energy firms’ £58m debt to renewables obligation scheme | Letters
To protect customers, renewables obligations need to be managed as commercially as networks and wholesale markets, writes
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PewDiePie printer hackers strike again2h PewDiePie printer hackers strike again
The perpetrators are urging victims to support the YouTube star and protect their systems.
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UK fracking policy faces court challenges2h UK fracking policy faces court challenges
Friends of the Earth granted judicial review it hopes will help alter planning rules Ministers face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The government used its
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Help your little ones save up for a house by purchasing premium bonds 3h Help your little ones save up for a house by purchasing premium bonds 
Parents looking for different Christmas presents for their children should not rule out a financial gift that keeps on giving.
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Robot-fried chicken – a whole new meaning to battery hens3h Robot-fried chicken – a whole new meaning to battery hens
The Shinagawa district of Tokyo is host to an automated fried chicken service – but don’t try getting any late at night
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Past Tense: Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.3h Updated Past Tense: Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.
Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley. As one former Apple engineer put it, "It wasn't great for business."
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With Interest: The Week in Business: Apple Expands in Austin, and the Fed Gears Up on Interest Rates5h With Interest: The Week in Business: Apple Expands in Austin, and the Fed Gears Up on Interest Rates
It's back to the drawing board on Britain’s floundering Brexit attempt. And the border wall is a sticking point in talks on continued funding of the U.S. government.
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It will be a very ALDI Christmas – 1 in 5 of all the puddings will come from us! 6h It will be a very ALDI Christmas – 1 in 5 of all the puddings will come from us! 
Recent sales growth at Aldi has been ‘incredible’ and it now expects to ‘smash’ a target to reach 1,000 stores by 2022, according to chief executive Giles Hurley.
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Hostile bidders for UK oil firm are told to stump up £900m 6h Updated Hostile bidders for UK oil firm are told to stump up £900m 
Battle lines were drawn last week when DNO, which is also Faroe’s largest shareholder, launched a 152p-a-share cash bid for the company in the first hostile takeover of an oil firm for years.
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Inflation ‘to fall to 2% in a month’, economists say6h Inflation ‘to fall to 2% in a month’, economists say
Consumer price inflation remained as high as 2.3 per cent last month. But Ruth Gregory, of Capital Economics, says the figure ‘will be back at 2 per cent by the end of the year’.
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Interserve’s vast savings in debt plan 6h Interserve’s vast savings in debt plan 
The company employs 45,000 workers in Britain and its largest customer is the Government. It said last week it will consider ‘all options’ as part of rescue plans.
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Ministers deny planning no-deal Brexit holiday warnings6h Ministers deny planning no-deal Brexit holiday warnings
Downing Street dismisses reports families will be advised not to book EU travel after March 2019.
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Put your money where your mouth is! Debenhams chairman issues bid ultimatum to Sports Direct owner7h Put your money where your mouth is! Debenhams chairman issues bid ultimatum to Sports Direct owner
In an interview that will send shockwaves across the High Street, Sir Ian Cheshire challenged the Sports Direct owner to stump up the cash for a formal takeover bid.
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TONY HETHERINGTON: Currys gave me the cold shoulder over £399 freezer 7h TONY HETHERINGTON: Currys gave me the cold shoulder over £399 freezer 
My son placed an online order with Currys PC World for a new freezer and the removal of our old freezer. He paid £399 with my Barclaycard. A delivery date was fixed but nothing arrived. Can you help?
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Keep calm and carry on: How to survive the Brexit debacle 7h Keep calm and carry on: How to survive the Brexit debacle 
Although it is easier said than done, investors should not be panicked by stock market volatility into selling shares or investment funds – now or in the coming months.
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Fed chairman in Trump’s sights as interest rate decision looms7h Fed chairman in Trump’s sights as interest rate decision looms
The president has called the US central bank’s chairman, Jerome Powell, ‘too aggressive’ on policy As the US Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, storm clouds are gathering. It is widely expected that, despite protests from President Donald Trump, the Fed will raise interest rates – the latest in a series of increases which are expected to continue through to 2020. But while most Fed officials seemed confident last month about the future prospects for the American economy, a fresh poll of economists has shown more scepticism.
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Bad weather hits Christmas shopping on the High Street9h Bad weather hits Christmas shopping on the High Street
Icy temperatures and the lure of online shopping hit pre-Christmas retail sales.
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Storm Deirdre batters UK and adds to retail woe9h Storm Deirdre batters UK and adds to retail woe
Freezing rain and snow keep shoppers away on crucial trading dayFerociously bad weather brought by Storm Deirdre battered parts of the UK on Saturday with snow, gales and bursts of freezing rain. The treacherous conditions heaped further misery on retailers on what should have been a major pre-Christmas shopping day.
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Bleak midwinter for landlords as retailers demand rent cuts10h Bleak midwinter for landlords as retailers demand rent cuts
The internet and tightened purse strings have hit stores, but indebted property owners are barely in a better positionThere is an ugly
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Fed chairman in Trump’s sights as decision on interest rates nears10h Fed chairman in Trump’s sights as decision on interest rates nears
The president has called the US central bank’s chairman, Jerome Powell, ‘too aggressive’ on policyAs the US Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, storm clouds are gathering. It is widely expected that, despite protests from President Donald Trump, the Fed will raise interest rates – the latest in a series of increases which are expected to continue through to 2020. But while most Fed officials seemed confident last month about the future prospects for the American economy, a fresh poll of economists has shown more scepticism.
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Norway? Singapore? Neither Brexit deal looks better than Europe10h Norway? Singapore? Neither Brexit deal looks better than Europe
Wherever one goes, concerned people ask what Britain is doing. It seems clear from our actions that we don’t knowThis column comes to you from Perugia in Italy, a reasonably safe haven from the shenanigans of Westminster. We have been visiting our youngest daughter, who is a beneficiary at the university of one of the many privileges of the UK’s membership of the EU: namely the kind of Erasmus scholarship that might well be threatened if the Brexiters have their way. Although it is my fate to write about the threat of Brexit, I share the feelings of so many people I meet that there are times when one fears one is being driven insane by its prominence in the so-called national debate, when there are so many other pressing problems.
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State and Local Investment Gets Lift From Rising Revenues13h State and Local Investment Gets Lift From Rising Revenues
Late in the economic expansion, state and local government investment is now showing signs of a real recovery.
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How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments13h Updated How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
At a time when democracies and their basic values are increasingly under attack, the iconic American company has sometimes served clients in ways that directly counter American interests.
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Boeing Flies Close to Trade Tussle With New Facility in China14h Boeing Flies Close to Trade Tussle With New Facility in China
Boeing opened a new Chinese production facility, as the American aviation company tries to cater to its top export market while steering clear of the tensions battering U.S.-China relations.
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What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?17h What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?
What lessons can the we learn from the economic ructions suffered by New Zealand in 1973 when the UK joined the EEC?
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JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Metro Bank hit all the right notes - thanks to their branch opening sing-along17h JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Metro Bank hit all the right notes - thanks to their branch opening sing-along
In a day and age where bank branches are becoming endangered species – especially in towns and villages – it is refreshing to see Metro committed to a High Street presence.
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Child benefit is the bureaucratic deep-end for busy parents says Laura Shannon17h Child benefit is the bureaucratic deep-end for busy parents says Laura Shannon
I rarely bury my head in the sand when it comes to money matters. Until, that is, I see the letters HMRC. I budget, I save, I switch, and I pay into a pension. I insure my house, my car, my travels and myself.
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JEFF PRESTRIDGE: The days of Wild West 118 are numbered as callers are increasingly ripped off18h Updated JEFF PRESTRIDGE: The days of Wild West 118 are numbered as callers are increasingly ripped off
Companies set up in theory to provide directory enquiry services but in practice designed to do little more than rob by fooling us to hang on an expensive premium rate line.
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Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling19h Updated Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling
Legal scholars on opposite sides of previous Obamacare court decisions find the legal argument in this one shaky.
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Shoppers shun high street on peak Xmas weekend21h Shoppers shun high street on peak Xmas weekend
Shoppers have stayed away from the high street on what is usually a peak trading weekend before Christmas.
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As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price21h Updated As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price
A phony business the Trumps created to siphon wealth from their empire drove up the rent for thousands living in their buildings.
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Justice Department Chides McKinsey in Another Bankruptcy Case21h Justice Department Chides McKinsey in Another Bankruptcy Case
A Justice Department official asked a federal judge to withhold payments to McKinsey for its work advising a bankrupt Colorado coal miner, adding to criticism of how the firm discloses potential conflicts of interest.
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23h Updated Investors Have Nowhere to Hide as Stocks, Bonds and Commodities All Tumble
For the first time in decades, every major investment has fared poorly. The question is whether trouble in the markets will undermine economic growth.
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Deloitte Board Nominates New U.S. CEO to Replace Cathy Engelbert23h Deloitte Board Nominates New U.S. CEO to Replace Cathy Engelbert
Deloitte LLP’s board has nominated the head of its audit practice as the next U.S. chief executive at the Big Four accounting firm, apparently closing off the last chance that current chief Cathy Engelbert might get a second term.
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24h 8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements
A New York Times investigation showed that data from over a million devices in the New York area exposed people’s daily habits.
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Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift Tours Head for Netflix Encore24h Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift Tours Head for Netflix Encore
The concert films from Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway residency and Taylor Swift’s stadium tour across the U.S.—two of the hottest tickets of 2018—are headed for Netflix.
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‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water25h ‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water
The regulator’s chief executive has a striking social agenda for utilities once notorious for focusing on profitWhen a regulator looks at you unblinkingly and says she wants the companies she regulates to understand they are part of a social contract, you catch your breath. Yes, replies Rachel Fletcher, chief executive of water regulator Ofwat, as I press her about the term “social contract”. The news is “out there” even if not “fully baked”, she says. Fletcher speaks deliberately, choosing her words with care in a slight Scottish burr. Water is “essential to life – not just another commodity,” she says. “It does not chime with people that the relationship between them and their water supplier is transactional.”
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Sellafield, former star of the nuclear age, scrubs up for a different future25h Sellafield, former star of the nuclear age, scrubs up for a different future
When uranium was scarce, reprocessing was all the rage. Two decades on, the Cumbrian plant, though still a major source of jobs, has outlived its missionDeep in the heart of Sellafield, Britain’s biggest nuclear waste site, a small piece of history is playing out. Technicians are about to use a huge amount of force to slice nuclear fuel into thin sheets, so that it can be dissolved in nitric acid, then chemically separated into uranium (for power stations), plutonium (for bombs) and highly radioactive waste. But first they face a computer-says-no moment. Taut minutes pass as on-screen red boxes indicate issues with the shearing machine, which is safely ensconced behind a metre of leaded glass. Finally, the boxes turn green.
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Times Insider: Three Months in the Advice Mines26h Updated Times Insider: Three Months in the Advice Mines
What I’ve learned from being our Sunday Business “Work Friend” advice columnist.
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Half of all mortgages are stretching new owners to the limit, warns Bank of England27h Half of all mortgages are stretching new owners to the limit, warns Bank of England
New figures from the Bank of England reveal unprecedented numbers of borrowers are taking on what critics fear are dangerously high levels of debt in a rush for ultra-cheap loans.
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Interserve may hand construction arm to lenders28h Interserve may hand construction arm to lenders
Interserve, the struggling outsourcing group, is drawing up plans to hand its £250m building materials unit to its lenders as part of an ambitious plan to secure the company's future.
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Lure of the lighthouse: They’re romantic and have great views, but make sure you try before you buy28h Updated Lure of the lighthouse: They’re romantic and have great views, but make sure you try before you buy
Standing like sentries guarding our shores, there is a sense of nobility about lighthouses, even though many have closed down.
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Slower Overseas Growth Fans Worries on U.S. Expansion29h Updated Slower Overseas Growth Fans Worries on U.S. Expansion
Fresh economic figures from Europe and China added to concerns that weakening growth at the end of 2018 will carry over into a sharper slowdown next year, weighing on the solid but cooling U.S. expansion.
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SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Telecom Plus gives shareholders 10% off their bills30h Updated SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Telecom Plus gives shareholders 10% off their bills
The company released solid half-year results in November which showed customer numbers, sales, profits and the dividend all rising.
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Waitrose to take glitter out of Xmas for environment30h Waitrose to take glitter out of Xmas for environment
Waitrose is to ban glitter from all its own products by Christmas 2020 in response to mounting concerns about plastic pollution.
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Superdry bosses snap up cheap shares31h Superdry bosses snap up cheap shares
A total of 12 directors, including the chairman Peter Bamford and chief executive Euan Sutherland, snapped up shares worth £374,482 between them for as little as 362p each.
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THE DAILY BRIEFING: Baroness Shriti Vadera is stepping down from drugs giant Astrazeneca31h THE DAILY BRIEFING: Baroness Shriti Vadera is stepping down from drugs giant Astrazeneca
Baroness Shriti Vadera is stepping down from the board of drugs giant Astrazeneca after eight years to be replaced by Tony Mok, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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For wily savers, companies in their portfolios may provide a helping hand with share rewards31h For wily savers, companies in their portfolios may provide a helping hand with share rewards
British designer Mulberry, for example, most famous for its £500-plus handbags, offers shareholders a generous 20pc off at 17 of its shops around the world.
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ALEX BRUMMER: The power of public opinion31h ALEX BRUMMER: The power of public opinion
With nodding dog directors on company boards it is even more incumbent on shareholders to intervene. In 2018 there have been several examples of investor activism making a difference.
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BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: Sundar Pichai, Google Chief Executive31h BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: Sundar Pichai, Google Chief Executive
As chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai is arguably one of America’s most influential business leaders, and certainly one of its most profitable.
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MARKET REPORT: Cheaper GVC shares are a strong bet for investors31h MARKET REPORT: Cheaper GVC shares are a strong bet for investors
Gambling firm GVC was a strong bet for traders yesterday as analysts at Investec said a sell-off of its shares had been considerably overdone.
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Takeover on the orient express: French goods giant LVMH in £2.5billion swoop on luxury British firm31h Takeover on the orient express: French goods giant LVMH in £2.5billion swoop on luxury British firm
LVMH has splashed out on hotel operator Belmond in a bid to grab a bigger slice of the lucrative hospitality industry. It wins the French firm the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
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Billionaire Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley in race to buy toy giant Hamleys 31h Billionaire Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley in race to buy toy giant Hamleys 
It comes just a day after Ashley, 54, warned November had been the worst on record for the High Street, and attacked Debenhams for refusing a £40million loan he offered.
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Building materials firm Low & Bonar sank after warning of continued tough trading conditions 31h Building materials firm Low & Bonar sank after warning of continued tough trading conditions 
The business, which creates materials used in car interiors and house roofing, will consider issuing new shares to investors to help pay down its £129m debt pile.
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American who oversaw two data breaches at Experian to chair London Stock Exchange 31h American who oversaw two data breaches at Experian to chair London Stock Exchange 
It comes a year after departing chairman Donald Brydon became embroiled in a fierce public spat with rebel investor Sir Chris Hohn over the departure of Xavier Rolet.
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French business output shrank the first time since 2016 as the ‘yellow vest’ riots hit the economy31h French business output shrank the first time since 2016 as the ‘yellow vest’ riots hit the economy
Data group IHS Markit’s study revealed a contraction in private sector activity for the first time in two-and-a-half years, and is likely to trigger fears of a recession if it continues.
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Hotel Chocolat boss believes his chocolate has the power to melt away Brexit blues this Christmas31h Updated Hotel Chocolat boss believes his chocolate has the power to melt away Brexit blues this Christmas
‘I’m a glass half-full sort of person,’ Angus Thirlwell says, ‘but from my reads and talking to people across all ages and backgrounds, people seem quite determined to have a great Christmas.'
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Ten tricks to make you a better driver and be less stressed, revealed by pro chauffer32h Ten tricks to make you a better driver and be less stressed, revealed by pro chauffer
Nobody knows how to drive smoother than the professionals who chauffeur the rich and famous through the bustling London metropolis every day. Here are their best tips.
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‘Childcare is one of our biggest expenses – nursery is £700 a month’34h ‘Childcare is one of our biggest expenses – nursery is £700 a month’
Jacqueline Nisbet on how she balances running four pubs with the needs of her young family My husband and I work in the hospitality industry, running four traditional pubs and one restaurant in Edinburgh. We’ve been doing it for more than eight years and life is hectic – especially as I’ve just returned to work after baby number two and trying to grow a business in the fast-paced hospitality industry is hard. But we always push ourselves to do better. We lease the properties and run them as our own business. We were proud that earlier this year our company, the Kilderkin Group, became the first multi-operator in Edinburgh to pay its staff the national living wage of £8.75 an hour. We’d been speaking about doing it for a while and we wanted to get the business in a position in which we could afford to do it. It was important for us because we want to see a change in the way hospitality is viewed – we want it to be seen as a viable career option.
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Is it worth buying pet insurance?34h Is it worth buying pet insurance?
We’re getting a cockapoo puppy at Christmas and are wondering how well getting cover works
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Why are insurers still turning away LGBT customers?34h Why are insurers still turning away LGBT customers?
Companies routinely reject applicants with Aids or who are HIV-positive – it’s time for change Which is the least likely group to buy insurance? Twenty-five-year-olds on a stag weekend in Barcelona? Nineteen-year-olds recklessly driving without cover? No, it’s the LGBT community, according to Steve Wardlaw, head of innovative new insurer, Emerald Life. “There is a massive distrust of insurers in the community,” he says, adding that they are 50% more likely to have no insurance at all. “A lot still think they won’t get cover, especially life insurance, if they are gay. They feel so disenfranchised, they don’t bother.” In my early days as a journalist on a trade paper in the late 1980s I remember well an appalling conversation with the marketing manager of a (then) major insurer when the HIV/Aids epidemic was at its height and insurers were determined to avoid having any gay men on their books. “They’re quite easy to spot,” he bragged, as his PR person squirmed. “If the application comes from a middle-aged, single, antique dealer with a Volvo then we know straight away.”
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Storm ahead? Here’s how to prepare for a financial crisis34h Storm ahead? Here’s how to prepare for a financial crisis
As the IMF warns a downturn could be coming, we examine how you can protect yourself Every 10 years or so a financial crisis hits global markets – and it’s 10 years since the last one. This week
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