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Financial Services Report United Kingdom 4th Quarter

  • ID: 2139142
  • October 2015
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 21 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The UK economy enjoyed robust expansion of 2.9% in 2014, marking an acceleration from the tepid growth of the previous four years. However, this recovery has had an uneven impact on the financial system: while share prices and asset values have recovered, lending and other measures of business activity have continued to decline. Profitability of companies in the industry has remained weak.

The UK was a notable casualty of the financial market turmoil of 2007-09, the fallout from which inhibited economic activity before the economy began a robust recovery at the beginning of 2013. Uncertainty and volatility have since receded, although an uneven global recovery and domestic factors-including excessive private-sector debt, fragile bank balance sheets and tighter regulation-continue to pose risks to financial sector stability.

Persistent weakness in the euro zone will remain an external risk for the UK, owing to unsustainably high debt levels, uncompetitive economies, elevated social tensions, high unemployment across much of the region and, more recently, deflation risk.

Industry List: Asset management, Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services, Financial markets and instruments, Financial Services, Financial regulation, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Insurance
Industry Codes (NAIC): 52
Industry Codes (SIC): 60

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Financial Services Report United Kingdom 4th Quarter

Financial services report
Overview

Banks

Insurers

Asset managers

Financial markets and instruments

Financial regulation
Overview
Regulatory watchlist

Monetary and currency policy: Monetary policy

Monetary and currency policy: Exchange rates

United Kingdom at a glance

Fundamental indicators

Key contacts

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