Leadership for a sustainable future – Webinar

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CMS Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with The Scotsman to deliver a virtual event on leadership for a sustainable future. Sustainability has increasingly been on the agenda of business, investors, funders, the public sector and third sector. The pandemic has accelerated change and sharpened focus in this area. These challenging times are […]

Open Banking and the financial data revolution

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Revolutions pit the old order against the new.  An unlikely source of just such a clash is currently happening in financial services. The Open Banking revolution, as it has come to be known, is a direct result of the EU Directive on payment services (PSD 2). This rather dull sounding piece of legislation is ripping open the banking sector’s […]

Dragon’s Den

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Dragon or Yes Man: what type of investor are you? Active managers can be selective Have you ever watched Dragon’s Den, where hopeful participants pitch business ideas to panel of millionaire entrepreneurs, seeking financial backing?  Each entrant is systematically grilled on every aspect of their business, on sales, revenues, the growth forecasts, environmental impacts.  If […]

Let the megatrend be your friend

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Think longer term and avoid the market noise The world’s five biggest companies used to be the US giants of oil & gas, soft drinks and pharmaceuticals.  Now, all five of the world’s biggest companies are tech-related companies and have become household names and part of everyday life.  The relentless rise in technology related companies […]

Escaping the ivory towers

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The latest ‘tech innovation’ may seem compelling, until you leave the group think echo chambers of London’s ivory towers. Head of multi-asset investments David Coombs considers how looking beyond the M25 can help us see what’s going on in the real world.  Another UK ‘tech name’ bites the dust. Laundrapp, backed by NEX Group founder […]

No bongs but no tears – it could be okay

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I read the news today. Bong – the UK leaves the EU. Today is Independence Day or Isolation Day depending on your persuasion. My family were totally split with half voting remain and half to leave. We have never fallen out over it, but respected each other’s views. Who was right and who was wrong? […]

In the Know

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2020: the year ahead. Maybe? It’s been a strange old decade, the 2010s. We’ve seen interest rates go places we thought impossible, central banks do things we never expected and, here in the UK, had more than our fair share of votes. A new year beckons, so the time is upon me to channel the […]