Finance

Local councils are still failing to carry out emergency tower block inspections

Despite assurances from cabinet ministers that “teams of people” are urgently inspecting tower blocks across the UK, some councils have so far taken little action, the Observer has established. Of 10 local authorities with significant numbers of tower blocks that were contacted, only three could confirm they had conducted any on-site inspections since Wednesday....

According to JEFF PRESTIDGE: ‘Customer Service still sucks… but at least some firms are trying

Customer service standards across swathes of the financial services industry remain as unacceptable today as they did five years ago. This is despite the regular naming and shaming of serial offenders by the likes of the Financial Conduct Authority (the City’s regulator) and the Financial Ombudsman Service. Even the occasional company fine has not...

Fraud hotspots revealed: Norfolk is the capital of dating scams while Surrey residents are the most likely to be duped by fake investments

Norfolk is the national capital of online dating scams, in-depth cyber-crime data reveals today. A total of 16 people per 100,000 in the county were duped into transferring money to scammers using fake profiles on dating sites after building their trust. This compares to a national average of 11 per 100,000, according to figures...

Romanian tourist struck in Westminster attack dies in hospital

Andreea Cristea who died after being injured in the Westminster terror attack A Romanian tourist who was knocked into the River Thames during the Westminster terror attack has died. Andreea Cristea, 31, was struck as Muslim convert Khalid Masood ploughed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22. She had been visiting London...

‘United in shock and anguish’: Congress comes together after shooting

Republican members of the congressional baseball team returned to Capitol Hill in muddied uniforms and caps on Wednesday, still in shock that a gunman with a rifle had turned a morning practice into what one senator described as a “killing field”. On Wednesday morning, a lone gunman, identified by Capitol police as James T...

The often-overlooked reason United can kick you off your flight

Man dragged off overbooked United flight When United Airlines needed extra seats on its plane Sunday night, the airline bumped an unwilling passenger, whom authorities ultimately dragged -- down the aisle -- off the plane. Now, the airline is scrambling to respond to a wave of consternation centered on one question: How can they...

Uber board member resigns after sexist comment

Uber CEO Kalanick takes leave of absence Uber is having a tough time getting a fresh start. In the midst of announcing the findings from a sweeping sexual harassment investigation, a board member made a joke about gender stereotypes, adding even more fuel to claims of a toxic culture. On Tuesday afternoon, investor David...

Trump warns China that if it doesn’t ‘deal with’ North Korea, the U.S. and its allies will – a day after hailing Chinese president as a ‘gentleman’ who ‘wants...

President Donald Trump has warned China that if it is unable to restrain North Korea through its own interventions, the U.S. and it's allies will. Trump issued the pronouncement on Twitter, a day after hailing Chinese President Xi Jinping as a 'gentleman' who 'wants to help us with North Korea.' But his language Thursday...

CITY DIARY: Toadying PR man Roland Rudd cosies up to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

Endorsement? Roland Rudd retweeted a plea to voters by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron Toadying PR man and vociferous Remoaner, Roland Rudd, appears to endorse the Lib Dems in June's General Election, retweeting a plea to voters by party leader Tim Farron. Despite close relations to both New Labour and David Cameron, a much-craved...

When Not to Roll Over a 401(k) to an IRA

Comparing your investment choices and costs can aid in deciding if a rollover is the right move. iStockphoto When leaving your job, the conventional wisdom has long been to take your 401(k) money with you by rolling it into an IRA. And 95% of the time that’s the way to go, says Evan Beach,...

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