Editor’s letter – March 2015

FM0315-CoverIt’s been something of a monumental month for the team here at Finance Monthly. I was fortunate to meet with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow, for an in-depth interview on the past, present and future state of the UK’s finance industry, at the start of February.

This month we also get to grips with the fall in oil prices, as industry experts join us for a frank, roundtable discussion to consider the impact of the price drop. Finance Monthly asks is this a market crash or correction? What does it mean for the global economy? And how much credibility is there in the many conspiracy theories concerning this topic?

March is Budget month in the UK, and David Postings, CEO of Bibby Financial Services, looks at how this year’s Budget could affect SMEs. See David’s feature, which also looks at how the upcoming Small Business Bill could affect funding for SMEs.

Another much talked about subject, Philippe Gelis, CEO and co-founder Kantox, considers how China is repositioning itself as a key business partner by opening up the renminbi to trade and the vital role London plays as an international RMB trading hub.

As the finance industry continues to evolve, so too does Finance Monthly, and this month’s publication features our new ‘FinTech News’ section, detailing the latest developments in the world of financial technology.

Technology has become a core requirement of business, with services such as Broadband internet widely considered a fourth utility for many of us in the first world. Having recently moved house, and finding myself without internet at home thanks to the ineptitudes of a previously state-owned British telecommunications firm, has made me realise how much we now rely on technology in all sectors of our life.

This month’s issue also provides industry insight on Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax, Financial Crime, Disaster Recovery Planning and Business Turnaround.

In next month’s magazine we will be looking in-depth at the Pensions market, as the UK’s new Pension Freedoms come into effect.

In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @Finance_Monthly to stay up-to-date on industry news as it happens, have your say via our online poll, and join the Finance Monthly group on LinkedIn.

Sarah McCay
Editor – Finance Monthly