Releases New Video Commenting On Eurozone Crisis has released a new video featuring Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, warning that solutions to the Eurozone debt problems need to be found before the Cannes G-20 Summit in November.

The new video highlights the sense of urgency for a solution to Eurozone problems, which has increased with market reaction clearly indicating intolerance with the current pace of progress, especially of late concerning the ratification of the 21 July changes to the European Financial Stability Facility and a solution for Greece.

Jakobsen mentions that there are some significant steps to take these days like key Eurozone member votes on EFSF ratification. Despite previously strong opposition to further rescue measures for troubled Eurozone members, anything but ratification is unlikely, says Steen. The Slovenian and German parliament has already given its thumbs up with Finland and Austria expected to follow suit by the end of the week. Though once approved by all member states this supposed knight in shining armour will not be able to ride easily to the rescue of failing nations. Unanimous (not majority) votes are required for decisions – like expansions of the facility – to be passed.

Meanwhile, talk about the concept of a European Investment Bank leveraging on the EFSF to ring-fence European banks from any fallout from the EU debt crisis, is hardly seen as a band aid but rather a ploy which will hardly solve anything, according to Steen.

Steen likens Greece’s attempts at new austerity packages as an attempt to save the troubled nation at the goal line. With 99 per cent probability of default then talk of saving Greece is actually quite comical, he says. Meanwhile, austerity fatigue is apparent as evidenced by more strikes across Athens. Ultimately Greece needs debt forgiveness and a clean slate but a free-ticket to safety would hardly go down well with other troubled Eurozone nations. Nevertheless, Greece has become kind of a scapegoat due to increased talk of contagion (which is not an economic concept but rather a policymakers’ excuse for not doing what needs to be done domestically). Contagion or not, it doesn’t change the fact that there is no way out for Greece other than default, concluded Steen.

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Northern Rock Maintains Healthy Interest Rates For Fixed Rate Cash ISA Savers

Northern Rock is launching three new issues of its fixed rate cash ISA, offering savers the chance to take advantage of tax-free* interest rates.

The new accounts, which are fixed over one, three and five years, are available now with a minimum initial deposit of £500.

A strictly limited issue, the fixed rate cash ISAs (issue 174-176) allow transfers from other providers and Northern Rock has increased the interest rates it pays for savers who are happy to lock their tax-free* savings away, whether for the short or long term.

The product can be opened either by post or through Northern Rock’s branches and additional deposits (£250 minimum) can be made to the cash ISA, within HM Revenue and Customs limits (£5,340 per tax-year). This issue may be withdrawn without notice once fully subscribed.

To ensure funds are accepted they must be received within 30 days from account opening. Any deposits received after 30 days may be returned. This includes any funds transferred in from existing cash ISAs. Subscriptions are not allowed to any other Cash ISAs in the same tax year(s) that customers subscribe to this Cash ISA, even if they have not used their full annual allowance(s).

Interest, which can be added to the account or paid into another account, is paid annually on 30 November. Minimum withdrawals of £250 can be made from the account, subject to a charge equivalent to 60 days’ loss of interest on the amount withdrawn (Issue 174), 120 days’ loss of interest on the amount withdrawn (Issue 175) and 180 days’ loss of interest on the amount withdrawn (Issue 176). If balances fall below£500, our current basic rate of interest will be paid (0.10% tax-free* pa /AER**).

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Northern Rock Launches New Fixed Rate e-ISAs

Northern Rock has launched three new online issues of its Fixed Rate Cash e-ISA to complement its competitive portfolio of internet-based savings accounts.

e-ISA offers those who prefer to operate their accounts via the internet an online option for their tax-free* savings. e-ISA is a cash ISA set at a competitive fixed rate of interest over a choice of one, two or three years and can be opened with no minimum initial deposit.

Interest, which can be added to the account or paid into other savings accounts, is paid annually on the first business day following 5 August on minimum balances of £500 (balances which fall below this amount will earn Northern Rock’s prevailing rate of interest, 0.10% tax free* pa /AER**).

Strictly limited issues, the Fixed Rate Cash e-ISAs (issues 22, 23 and 24) allow transfers in from other providers and additional deposits can be made to the cash ISAs, within HM Revenue and Customs limits (£5,340 per tax-year from 6 April 2011) within 30 days after the product is withdrawn (excepting postal applications to transfer in from other banks and building society ISA accounts, which must be received while the product remains on sale).

30 days following the products withdrawal, no further deposits will be accepted and all three issues may be withdrawn without notice once fully subscribed.

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More Financial press releases Reveals The Cheapest Cars To Insure For Young Drivers

New research from has revealed the cheapest cars to insure for 17-20 year olds. The results showed the Ford Ka2 topping the leader board, followed closely by the Peugeot 107, while the worst car to run for young drivers looking for low insurance prices was the Honda Civic*.

The costs of car insurance for young drivers hit record highs in the second quarter 2011, with 17-20 year olds paying as much as four times the average amount for car insurance.

The Confused/Towers Watson price index showed that motor insurance based on a 17-20 year old male is now £4,006 per year for comprehensive cover, highlighting the need for research when buying a car.

To help young drivers, has undertaken research to give teenagers a helping hand and unveiledthe five cheapest and most expensive cars to insure for 17-20 year olds.The research also highlighted that 50% of under-25s could save up to£594 on their car insurance premiums by using

Gareth Kloet, head of Car Insurance at said: “Young drivers and learners are telling us that the cost of insurance is the biggest barrier to getting behind the wheel: more so than the cost of buying the car.

“Buying your first car should be exciting, not a worry about whether you can afford the insurance costs. Here at we want to offer young drivers the chance to find the perfect car with the cheapest insurance.”

“Once the car has been found drivers should shop around for cover as premiums can vary greatly between providers; a comparison site is a great way to do this.”

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Are You Up To Speed With PCI DSS?

It’s crucial that businesses keep on top of compliance, particularly with a range of updates being made to PCI DSS requirements. Tim Allitt, Head of Sales & Marketing, SecureTrading takes you through what your organisation needs to consider.

Many organisations have taken significant steps to achieve PCI compliance and believe their current infrastructures would pass assessments. Now that the PCI Security Council has released version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard and Payment Application Standard it is vital that retailers understand what this means for their day-to-day business.

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently updated its compliance guidance. Many retailers were hoping the update would give a clear way forward in terms of their PCI DSS compliance.

The guidance covered two areas. Firstly, the guidance concludes that EMV (Europay, MasterCard and VISA (EMV) or more commonly referred to as chip and pin) does not address PCI DSS and therefore the two need to coexist. The SSC are supporting EMV but it is still not insisting that EMV become the global standard. This means UK merchants are put at risk every time they want to accept payment on cards which are not EMV smartcards, and UK card holders are put at risk because their stolen data can be used on cloned cards outside of the UK where swipe is still the default standard.

Secondly, with regard to Point To Point Encryption (P2PE), the SSC states that the technology is at an ‘immature’ stage. The reality is however, that there are solutions in the market today which fit the P2PE definition and which are PCI DSS certified.

The responsibility of managing data is one issue that won’t disappear for retailers and they may want to consider outsourcing the management of payments to a third party. Cost is a big concern to a retailer and if a business outsources to a secure, outsourced managed service from a Level 1 PCI DSS certified payment solution provider they will be able to have a fixed cost for this managed service. If they choose to outsource these costs they could potentially spiral out of control. According to a survey by Cisco, 67 per cent of IT decision makers think that their spending on PCI compliance will increase in the next year.

Therefore it makes sense for a business to select a suitable payment processor for a retailer’s needs and outsource its PCI requirements. Not only will this make integration easy and provide excellent technical support, it will also offer the merchant the ability to offer all the payment methods a customer might have in their wallet or purse and thereby enable businesses to process payments swiftly and securely. The best payment processors will have a range of products to suit start-ups, SMEs and large corporate organisations.

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Payday Express Customers To Benefit From Faster Payments

Short term loan specialist Payday Express now has the ability to fund loans within 45 minutes of application, thanks to a new loan management system and faster payment procedures offered by banks.

The company has offered same-day loans for some time, with the use of a straightforward online application form, and cash transfers occurring three times each day. Now, however, following deployment of a new loan management system, loans can be distributed every 45 minutes.

This speedy service is complemented by the faster payments facility operated by many banks, meaning that transferred funds clear immediately. Money can therefore be received by many Payday Express customers within one hour of application.

Loans till payday, which have grown in popularity in recent years, give borrowers access to small amounts of money for short periods to smooth out the peaks and troughs they may experience with their income, without them having to build up long-term, high-level debt. They are ideal for those who don’t wish to use ongoing credit resources such as credit cards, bank overdrafts and long-term bank loans, offering an alternative credit solution to temporary cash flow issues.

Payday Express offers fast payday loans valued between £80 and £800, which customers re-pay on their payday, once cash flow is no longer an issue.

Payday Express operations manager Sarah Carroll said: “If customers simply want to borrow a small amount of cash for a short period to cover unanticipated expenses, or to use as a stop gap between salary payments, they want to be able to apply for the money simply and discreetly – and to receive it quickly.

“At Payday Express, we have worked hard to develop our systems and our website to meet these expectations. Since launching our online application service in 2008 we have enabled customers to discreetly apply for a loan and receive an approval decision within a matter of minutes and then, if approved, to get their money the same day.

“However, we’ve now improved our offering further, with the introduction of a system that transfers money every 45 minutes. Our customers can therefore receive their money within less than an hour of applying, subject to status.”

It is important to note that, although most customers can receive their funds within less than an hour of application, this is subject to status and whether additional verification is required, as well as being dependent on their bank’s facilities.

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More Financial press releases Releases Video On The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting, the home of Saxo Bank’s trading commentary, financial research and analysis, has released a video discussing the Federal Open Market Committee meeting (FOCM).

With the deterioration in the US economic outlook being further cemented by recent disappointing macro data, there is now mounting expectation that the Federal Reserve will once again come to the rescue and kick-start the world’s largest economy. Therefore, all eyes are set to be on the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting and what will or won’t be decided in terms on new monetary stimulus.

The latest FOCM meeting has been extended to a two day meeting to allow for further discussions. The last meeting saw an extension of low rates until 2013, and Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, believes that the next step will be an Operation Twist Light.

Back in the 60s, The Operation Twist, meant that people sold short term bonds and bought long term bonds, which was seen as a twist, hence the name. This time this will not be possible, because the rates have already been lowered. This means only the long end part of the equation will be executed, with long term bonds being bought. However, Steen doesn’t think this will be a lot for the market in the long term.

This alone is not going to be enough to turn it around. Steen believes that the market always likes to be promised something new, which means President Obama will need to balance the delivery of the Operation Twist Light and throw in something new as well.

Steen also comments that the situation in Europe will have an effect on the timing of any announcements from the US. While it is clear that the US realise the situation in Europe is not good for the US, Steen believes that the Federal Reserve will ultimately do what is the best for the US.

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More Financial press releases And Dogs Trust Study Reveals How Owners Keep Their Dogs Happy On Car Journeys

According to a new study into car owners and their pets by, more than one in three (39%) pet lovers takes their dogs or cats on car journeys with them regularly. Of those surveyed, 41% say their pets enjoy being in the car.

The study reveals that listening to the radio helps pet owners keep their animals amused on longer journeys with Adele, Madonna and Lady Gaga being the most popular artists to keep pets happy on the move.

Some owners admit to singing to their pets to keep them amused. Apparently Radio 1 is the top choice for in-car pet entertainment, closely followed by Radio 2 and 5 Live. has teamed up with the charity Dogs Trust to help ensure dogs enjoy the car journey even more by avoiding travel sickness and staying safe. 12% of pet owning motorists say they let their dog stick his head out of the window on the journey but according to experts at Dogs Trust this is not a great way to keep your pet happy.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust said: “Dogs might really enjoy the sensation of having their heads out of the window but it is dangerous for them so we would always advise keeping ears, paws and noses inside the vehicle while the car is moving.”

25% of pet owners who take their dog or cat in the car say that their animal enjoys the journey, as long as they keep them amused. Talking to them and taking plenty of their toys are the top ways that dog and cat lovers use to keep them happy.

Almost 10% of pet owners say they have almost had a near miss when driving because of their pet’s behaviour in the car.

Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at said: “Road trips should be as fun for our pets as they can be for us, and keeping our pets happy in the back is also going to reduce distraction for us as drivers, making our journeys safer for us and our animals.”

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Experian Reveals Unlawful Social Housing Subletting In The UK Could Be Costing £2bn A Year

New research by Experian Public Sector has revealed that the threat of social housing tenancy fraud in the UK could be significantly larger than previously thought.

Based on an initial analysis of 125,000 social housing arrangements at just ten UK local authorities and housing associations in both rural and urban areas, Experian Public Sector’s experts estimate that potential fraudulent occupancy of social housing, such as subletting, could exist at a minimum of 157,077* properties when extrapolated up across the rest of the UK.

The Audit Commission estimated the level of tenancy fraud at 50,000 properties in 2009** but Experian Public Sector’s analysis suggests that the figure could now be at least three times higher than this.

The preliminary findings follow a series of data matching exercises which analysed social housing tenancy lists at ten UK local authorities and housing associations. The analysis looked for data that might suggest subletting and warrant further investigation. This involved the use of compliant information to identify a range of fraud indicators, including the number of tenants not currently occupying their tenancy address and found living at another address.

The analysis indicates that potential fraud, such as subletting, could exist within a minimum of 3.1 per cent of social properties. When extrapolated nationally, based on 5.06 million social properties, this suggests potential fraud could exist at a minimum of 157,077 properties in the UK.

If all of these social properties were subject to fraudulent activity and made available to people currently in temporary accommodation, the reduced cost and saving to the tax payer would be in excess of £2.0 billion*** a year. Freeing up existing social housing means reduced waiting lists which could also mean fewer new social properties need to be built.

Nick Mothershaw, Experian’s director of Fraud and Identity Solutions, commented: “Our initial research suggests that the level of social housing tenancy fraud in Britain could be much higher than previously estimated. It also demonstrates how more effective data matching can quickly provide a reliable indication of what could be illegal occupancy and subletting. This means investigators can prioritise and deal swiftly with fraudulent cases. Reducing social housing tenancy fraud will significantly reduce the cost of temporary accommodation which we estimate to be at over £2 billion a year.”

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More Financial press releases Urges Motorists To Fall Back In Love With Service Stations has revealed new research which shows that motorists are shunning motorway service stations on long journeys and risking their lives as a result. The survey by car insurance experts revealed that 79% of drivers are not taking sufficient breaks on UK roads.

The research, which explores the UK’s motorway service station habits, found that a third (32%) of motorists have fallen out of love with the ‘airports of our roads’ and actively avoid stopping, even on long journeys.

One in seven of those questioned admitted that they would not take any breaks at all during a four-hour journey. However, research from Newcastle University has revealed that this bad driving habit can significantly increase the risk of accidents.

Dr Joan Harvey, Chartered Psychologist at Newcastle University, who carried out the research said: “When driving on motorways, or other monotonous roads, a motorist’s maximum concentration level is only maintained for 20-30 minutes, after this time they will start to become bored and will drive on ‘auto-pilot’. After a further 40 minutes of driving their blood sugar levels will drop. These two factors are a dangerous combination as the motorist will start to feel sleepy and will be slower to react to any hazards that might occur.”

Dr Harvey’s research outlines the need for motorists to stop at every third service station (or every hour and a half) on long journeys to ensure they do not become bored and put themselves at risk.

One in ten motorists prefer to park-up and picnic on long journeys – packing their snacks before leaving and pulling up at the service station to tuck in.

Further research supports this, IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) chief examiner Peter Rodger commented: “Research suggests that one in five crashes on motorways are sleep-related. Regular breaks at service stations are essential for preventing such accidents from happening.”

Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at said: “Our research shows that only 8% of us are service station worshippers. By highlighting the huge variety of great service stations dotted along our motorways, we hope to convert more motorists to the happy service station side of life. We’re calling for all motorists to re-kindle their passion for the service station and stay safe on the roads, particularly over the busy Bank Holiday weekend.”

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More Financial press releases Finds EDF’s Gas Price Rise Could Cost UK Customers Dearly has revealed that EDF Energy’s recent price rise announcement could cost UK energy customers over £100 per household.

This announcement has seen gas prices rise by 15.4% and electricity prices rise by 4.5%. EDF’s energy prices have increased by £116 on its standard cash/cheque tariff effective from 10th November 2011.*

The Big 6 energy suppliers price rises mean an average increase of £160 per year to an average standard bill paying by cash or cheque, increasing from £1,132 to £1,292.**

EDF was the last of the major energy suppliers to announce its price rise, which is set to affect 3.2m customers. However, more than 25m households are expected to see an average of £160*** added onto their gas and electricity bills from 10th November 2011.

Lisa Greenfield, energy analyst at said: “Now that all the major supplies have shown their cards, consumers are now in a position to make an informed decision on switching their gas and electricity without fear that their chosen tariff could go up in a few months’ time.

“There are always ways to reduce your fuel bills, such as considering a dual fuel tariff, paying by direct debit and managing your account online. If you are concerned about future rises, a fixed of capped tariff will offer price security although you’ll be paying over the odds if prices fall. Of course, cutting down the amount of energy you use and investing in some energy efficiency measure will reduce your bills even further and continue to save you money in future.”

More information on energy prices and household utilities comparison can be found on’s website.

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Diamond Reveals Women Risking Lives With Daily In-Car Make-Up Routine

Diamond has revealed that more than three and half million female drivers could be putting themselves and other road users at risk by using their morning drive to apply make-up and do other routine tasks, a new poll has revealed.

Women’s car insurance specialist, Diamond quizzed more than 2,000 female motorists on their driving habits and discovered a quarter (23%) of women admit to applying make-up whilst driving, with 16% of those having crashed or had a near miss as a result.

And it’s not just applying make-up; women are using their drive to work to complete routine morning tasks that are equally as dangerous. Almost half (47%) have checked text messages, nearly a third (30%) have brushed their hair behind the wheel, while a similar number have eaten breakfast (34%) and drunk hot drinks (32%). As well, almost a fifth (18%) have checked their emails on a smart phone and nearly one in ten (9%) have read the newspaper.

Diamond managing director, Elwyn Gedrych said: “It’s shocking that quite so many women admit to doing these tasks while driving. We all have busy lives but applying your make-up, or checking emails when you’re driving is dangerous as it means your full attention is not on the road ahead.

“Even if you’re lucky enough to arrive at your destination safely, you could be charged with careless driving if spotted by the police.”

Although the majority (60%) of the women who admitted to applying their make-up behind the wheel, did it when stopped in traffic or at traffic lights, shockingly one in ten (12%) admitted to applying make-up while the car is moving and 7% take their hands off the wheel completely to do it.

In fact, despite four-fifths (84%) of women who apply make-up whilst driving admitting they think it’s dangerous, more than two-thirds (41%) have done it with passengers in the car, and almost a third (30%) when children have been travelling with them.

When asked why they take such risks, six out of ten (64%) women said they’re applying make-up behind the wheel because it saves them time, while one in ten (10%) said it was because they couldn’t be bothered to do before they left home.

Elwyn Gedrych continued: “It’s really not worth trying to save a few minutes in the morning by doing your make-up, or anything other than driving, when you’re behind the wheel.

“And so women never have to do their make-up in their car again, we’ve teamed up with celebrity make-up artist, Caroline Frazer to give women all the tools they need for a quicker, more efficient make-up routine before they leave the house.”

The video can be viewed at

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Payday Express Uses ‘Stars’ Scheme Alongside Charity Contributions

Short term loans provider Payday Express has explained how it combines a peer recognition program with a charity scheme to maintain staff morale and encourage social responsibility.

Operations manager Sarah Carroll, who began working at the instant approval payday loans company two years ago, introduced a ‘Dress Down Friday’ imitative which allows staff to dress casually on the last day of the working week if they contribute £1 towards a charity fund.

At the end of each month, a donation is made to a charity chosen by a group of employees who have been named ‘Payday Stars’ for that month. Another scheme introduced by Carroll, ‘Payday Stars’ is a peer recognition programme which encourages staff to nominate any of their colleagues whom they feel are deserving of special attention that month, as a result of performing exceptionally well or going beyond the call of duty to fulfil their responsibilities.

The entire company is informed of the nominations and a winner selected from each department. Each of them is then awarded £20 in shopping vouchers, and the winners collectively decide which charity should benefit from the month’s ‘Dress Down Friday’ funds.

Charities to have previously received donations from payday advance loans company Payday Express include NSPCC, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Teenage Cancer Trust, World Horse Welfare and Stepping Stones Nigeria, among many others.

Payday Express Contact Centre Team Leader Alison Eller said: “We’re very proud of our ‘Payday Stars’ program, which enables staff to receive recognition from peer nominations, and to be rewarded for exceptional work.

“An added bonus is allowing the winning staff members to select a charity that is close to their hearts to be the recipient of our combined donations for the month, giving them the chance to make a difference and give to those less fortunate.”

Collections Agent Steven Marshall added: “It’s great seeing the letters of thanks from the monthly charity we’ve donated to and knowing we’re doing our little bit each week to help different causes.

“I really like the fact that Payday Express has a ‘give back’ focus and that they also encourage staff initiatives to support causes such as Red Nose Day and Movember – often with hilarious results!”

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Prudential Reveals One In Three UK Workers Don’t Have A Pension

Prudential has revealed that more than one in three (35 per cent) workers in the UK admit that they don’t have a pension, meaning that they will have to rely on the State Pension and any savings in retirement.

The survey of 1,600 working adults also found that those who do contribute to a company or private pension pay in an average of 6.2 per cent of their annual incomes. Women are far less likely to save for their retirement with 41 per cent saying they do not have a pension, compared with 29 per cent of men.

To make matters worse for those who do not save into a pension fund, as well as facing a sharp drop in income at retirement, they are also missing out on significant tax relief during their working lives. Office of National Statistics figures suggest that the average worker in the UK earns nearly £1 million over the course of their working lives. An individual making the average pension contribution of 6.2 per cent of this income could receive a total of more than £15,000 in pension tax relief.

While the average tax relief on pension contributions is £334 per year for a person paying the basic rate of tax, higher rate taxpayers stand to lose substantially more by not paying into a pension scheme.

Vince Smith-Hughes, head of business development at Prudential, said: “Failing to save into a pension means not only having to rely solely on the State Pension in retirement, but also missing out on the ‘free money boosts’ which come with pensions, such as tax relief and employer contributions.

“Making regular pension contributions is a vital part of securing a comfortable retirement. Although saving for retirement may not be a priority for young people, the more money which is stashed away from an early age, the more likely that significant rewards will be reaped later in life.

“When coupled with the benefits of any additional employer contributions or gains through fund performance, a pension is the best way of saving for retirement, for many people. In order to maximise pension benefits, to understand the impact of tax relief, and ultimately to secure a decent retirement income, it’s important to seek professional financial advice.”

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ATX GROUP Announces Expanded Focus On Ultra Wealthy Clients

Following the successful launch of its special trading facilities, ATX GROUP today announced it will look to grow its advisor population that focuses on ultra-high net worth clients through a dedicated effort branded under the ATX GROUP Private Wealth Management name.

ATX GROUP’s well established Private Wealth Management division creates a strong platform for individuals and families of significant means. These clients have highly specialized wealth management and private banking requirements which we are uniquely positioned to fulfill,” said Joseph Black, President of ATX GROUP.

Led by Alexander Hutton, Managing Director, ATX GROUP Private Wealth Management will bring together approximately 25 highly trained private wealth advisors who will deliver a unique range of wealth management, asset management, private banking, capital markets and investment banking services to ultra-wealthy individuals and families in Asia, The Americas, Europe and Australia.

“The firm has been committed to providing a differentiated client experience, superior market intelligence and access to innovative solutions from leading investment specialists from around the world. Our organization will give us even more resources that we can bring to bear as strategic partners for our clients,” Mr. Hutton said.

ATX GROUP, a global leader in wealth management, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

ATX GROUP is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from four continents.

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ATX GROUP Releases Global Portfolio-Level Trading Algorithm

ATX GROUP has announced the launch of AT-SYSTEM, a trading algorithm that enables the implementation of multiple portfolio level instructions such as risk neutralization and cash balancing. Using over 56 different risk metrics, AT-SYSTEM optimizes execution at the portfolio level by taking into account correlations between assets, as well as volatility and projected market impact. The result is better overall execution and risk management. AT-SYSTEM also offers traders improved performance by reducing the variance of execution costs. With this launch, buy-side traders can directly access the new portfolio-trading algorithm used by ATX GROUP’s Portfolio Trading desk.

“The addition of AT-SYSTEM to our constantly evolving suite of algorithms underscores our commitment to providing our clients with a complete set of trading tools and solutions to manage their global execution needs,” said Alexander Hutton, Managing Director at ATX GROUP.

AT-SYSTEM supports futures, options and exchange-traded funds, and accesses venues in all major markets in line with ATX GROUP’s liquidity philosophy. In addition, AT-SYSTEM offers clients the ability to analyze each step in the lifecycle of the trade by seamlessly integrating with MS Analytics, ATX GROUP’s industry-leading, multi-asset analytics platform.

Clients can access AT-SYSTEM through ATX GROUP trading platform or through a vendor partner and can execute trades themselves or with the support of the Firm’s experienced Electronic or Portfolio Trading teams. AT-SYSTEM is currently available in Asia and in The Americas and will be available in Europe by the beginning of the next year.

ATX GROUP Electronic Trading provides a complete spectrum of services, from pre-trade analytics and execution to post-trade execution performance analysis and commission management. AT-SYSTEM offers a comprehensive algorithmic trading suite and various direct market access strategies, including our smart order routing technology and our dark pool aggregator.

ATX GROUP is a leading global financial services firm, providing a wide range of investment banking, derivatives trading, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide, including corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals. For further information about ATX GROUP please visit

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Payday Express Improves Card Fraud Protection

Short term loan specialist Payday Express has advanced its fraud protection by implementing an improved cardholder verification process, to help combat debit card crime.

Like many companies in the financial services industry, along with many other business sectors, instant approval payday loans provider Payday Express is particularly keen to tackle card not present (CNP) fraud.

CNP fraud can occur when exchanging funds using the internet, telephone or post, when the holder of a credit or debit card does not physically produce the card at the point of making a payment.

Payday Express has previously developed a number of checks to prevent and tackle CNP fraud and has strengthened these with the addition of a more stringent cardholder verification process, for cases where customers call in to pay with a different card to the one originally registered on their account.

The aim is to ensure that the company’s exposure to CNP fraud is limited, which decreases the number of payments charged back to the business; and also to ensure that there is better protection for those who have been victims of card theft.

Details of any suspicious transactions are always investigated thoroughly by Payday Express and are also reported to relevant organisations, including the police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Payday Express Online Fraud Manager Daniel Ibrahim said: “The recent development of our processes is testament to the importance that Payday Express places on combating fraud.

“We at Payday Express are committed to protecting vulnerable victims of fraud, while ensuring that genuine customers receive a quick and easy fast payday loans service.”

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Saxo Bank Announces New Offshore Renminbi CNH

Saxo Bank, the specialist in online trading and investment, today announced that the new USDCNH currency cross is now available on its trading platforms. Clients of Saxo Bank will now be able to trade the offshore Chinese renminbi against the US Dollar.

Streaming prices on ticket sizes up to USD 3 million will be available during regular FX trading hours from 8am Mondays Sydney time to 5pm Fridays New York time. Larger trade sizes will be available on a Request for Quote (RFQ) basis. The Margin Requirement for the USDCNH is 8% and the minimum trade size is USD 5,000 notional.

The USDCNH will be available to all Saxo Bank’s clients, including those of white label clients, but will not be available to clients of Saxo Capital Markets HK.

Claus Nielsen, Head of Trading, Saxo Bank comments: “Over the past few years, the Chinese government has allowed the renminbi to appreciate against the US Dollar, and has gradually deregulated the currency’s trading. CNH offers an important option to take and manage renminbi risk and exposure to real investments and positive yield. The development of the offshore renminbi CNH is integral to China’s broader strategic plans to internationalise and turn the renminbi into a viable reserve currency.

“London, whose 37 per cent share of the global forex market is twice the one of its nearest rival New York, has just been officially approved by China as an offshore centre for trading renminbi. We expect USDCNH to become an interesting trading currency for our clients in the future.”

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Payday Express Highlights The Benefits Of Payday Loans

Following a rise in the number of people using short-term loans to advance their income at the end of financially difficult months, provider Payday Express has offered an insight into the benefits of this straightforward credit resource.

Payday loans meet the needs of customers who are looking to borrow a relatively small amount of money to be repaid over a short period – often to ease personal cash flow in a month with unusual or additional expenses.

These short-term loans, also known as fast payday loans, act like a salary advance, providing a way to bridge the gap when money is tight before the next payday. Funds are generally paid out on the same day upon which they’ve been applied for; and are then paid back once a person has received their next wage payment.

The demand for such loans is on the rise, with financial price comparison website reporting a 400 per cent increase in the number of searches for the products between January and March this year.

Payday Express Operations Manager Sarah Carroll said: “For customers who have temporary cash flow issues because of larger than anticipated bills and expenses within a month, or who are faced with emergency expenses, payday loans offer customers a choice alongside other credit options.

“This choice is often cheaper than alternatives, such as an unauthorised overdraft – and it is a simple solution to short-term credit needs, where the cost and duration of the loan is known upfront, and which doesn’t involve running up long term debt.”

The company is keen to stress that same day loans are not designed for unemployed people or those on very low incomes or benefits.

Instead, they offer a straightforward choice to employed people who have simply found themselves a bit short between paydays. The loans are simple to apply for online; funds are received quickly, sometimes even within an hour; and the repayment structure is clear.

Customers know from the very beginning exactly what needs to be repaid and when. For example, if a person borrows £80, they will need to pay back £100 once their next wage instalment has been received. This is generally cheaper than incurring unauthorised overdraft fees and can be more appropriate than arranging a longer term bank loan when credit is only required for a short period.

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