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A New Dawn for the Union: Cicero Group’s analysis of the Scottish Referendum

If anyone thought that September 19th 2014 would be a day when the clamour for constitutional change in the …

The Final Cut: A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 UK Government Reshuffle

The majority of the commentary around this reshuffle has focused on the individuals involved. With William Hague announcing his intention …

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The next Commission President: The democratic choice or institutional power grab? – A Cicero Group Analysis

The agreement in Council to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission marks a momentous shift …

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Political risk for the financial sector in 2015 and beyond

The UK is entering a period of intense political uncertainty as economic crisis makes way for constitutional upheaval. Only now …

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The final chapter? A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 Queen’s Speech

At 88 and delivering her 63rd speech, the Queen still shows no signs of needing to take advantage of her …

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The new European Parliament – A Cicero Group analysis

From Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 May the citizens of the European Union voted in the European Parliament elections. Following …

Social Media in China – A Cicero Group analysis

In the past five years, China has witnessed an explosive growth in the number of social media users and local …

The Great Shift East: Corporate Communications in the Asian Century – A Cicero Group analysis

Much is said about the rise of Asia – the “Great Shift East”. Whether it is trade and economics, culture, …

The Resilient Budget – A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 Budget Statement

If this was a Resilience Budget, then perhaps George Osborne is the Chumbawamba Chancellor. Twelve months ago he got knocked down …

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CII – Protecting the public through general insurance

Insurance plays as pivotal a role in society in the twenty-first century as it did when Winston Churchill gave his …

HSBC Future of Retirement – A new reality

The world’s population is steadily growing older. The prospect of enjoying a retirement lasting 20 to 30 years is already …

AEGON Sony Life: Retirement Readiness Survey – Japan

All of the countries researched as part of the AEGON Retirement Readiness Survey 2012 are faced with an AGING society. …

Geneva Association – Addressing the Challenge of Global Ageing

Ageing is one of the most significant issues facing societies around the world. Populations are ageing as people live …

AEGON – The Changing Face of Retirement

This first AEGON Retirement Survey (conducted with the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® and Cicero Consulting) aims to better understand …

HSBC Future of Retirement report – Why family matters

Many financial needs are driven by key life events – including getting married and having children – and as the …

AXA Small Business report 2011

I am delighted to be introducing this important piece of research on behalf of AXA UK.

Being part of …

MetLife Engage and Commit: Four proposals to improve UK savings and retirement

Around the world countries are confronted by the challenge of longevity. The wonder of greatly increased life expectancy for millions …

Facing the Future: The prospects for banking in 2011

So go Sam Cooke’s famous song lyrics, and they seem very apt for the banking industry in 2011. Having gone …

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#Budget2012 social media analysis

The UK Budget generated significant interest on the different social media channels, Cicero Consulting has produced the first detailed social …

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A Balancing Act: A Cicero Group briefing on the UK Budget 2013

Today’s Budget was the last chance for George Osborne to set the dial on his political fortunes, and the fortunes of the Coalition.

By next year’s statement – with an election just a year away – it will be too late.

That was the backdrop to the Chancellor’s thinking today. Many commentators expected a ‘jam tomorrow’ Budget with the Treasury having little fiscal room for manoeuvre in this Parliament.

But again and again George Osborne demonstrated he was prepared to chance some bold policy measures during THIS Parliament – and not just promise them only if voters give him a second chance after 2015.

The moves on the housing market stand out most clearly. The measures are designed to fire up house building as well as encouraging homeowners stuck in their homes for the past five years to move up the housing ladder. The planned £130bn ‘mortgage guarantee’ underpinning is a huge step – and perhaps the most eye catching headline from the Budget.

The question is will it do the trick? Policymakers have been trying to stimulate lending since the sub-prime market cracked in 2007. But this measure is the most significant boost to the market yet attempted.

The last Labour government relied on the health of the housing market for most of its good fortune. This is a gamble for Osborne. Has he given it time to work for his poll ratings?

The other major move – and the major cost to the Exchequer in the Statement – is the move on National Insurance. The new ‘employment allowance’ to cut National Insurance bills cut by £2,000 for every firm. Some 450,000 small firms will pay no employer National Insurance at all.

Now that idea was a Tory manifesto commitment. The Conservative backbenches have waited three years for this and they will be delighted. And in virtually the same breath, Osborne gave his Lib Dem colleagues their keynote £10,000 income tax threshold – a year earlier than planned from 2014.

Most business will also cheer plans to reduce Corporation Tax to 20p by 2015. The price will be a harsher focus on ‘aggressive’ avoidance.

Asset managers are very pleased with the move to drop the Schedule 19 requirements, which should boost the UK sector as a place to locate funds. It’s a good move. The Stamp Duty abolition on AIM is great.

So perhaps more meat in the Budget than predicted by the commentariat.

By pressing ahead with a more radical tax reforming agenda today than many had predicted, the Chancellor thinks he can keep his backbenchers happy and give business more confidence.

He spoke today of an ‘Aspiration Nation’. His backbenches call them the ‘strivers’. With the private sector continuing to soak up public sector job losses he believes more voters will identify with those labels by May 2015.

Today Labour leader Ed Miliband pointed to the Chancellor’s top rate tax cuts benefiting those who need the least help.

So it is shaping up to be the ‘them versus us’ election. Only voters can decide just how that feels.

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A Cicero Group special report: The European Commission Green Paper on long-term financing

The objective of today’s Green Paper and consultation is to better understand long-term investment in Europe and facilitate the conditions …

A long term plan: A Cicero Group analysis of the 2013 Autumn Statement

Britain’s economic plan is working – that’s the clear sound bite.

In the Autumn Statement today the message from the Chancellor …

A Means to an End: An analysis of the assisted dying debate

The recent proposals to change legislation in both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments, and the high media profile of some …

A New Dawn for the Union: Cicero Group’s analysis of the Scottish Referendum

If anyone thought that September 19th 2014 would be a day when the clamour for constitutional change in the …

Access to a basic payment account – A Cicero Group Special Report

There lies a fundamental question at the heart of this paper – whether it should have gone further and been …

AEGON – The Changing Face of Retirement

This first AEGON Retirement Survey (conducted with the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® and Cicero Consulting) aims to better understand …

AEGON Sony Life: Retirement Readiness Survey – Japan

All of the countries researched as part of the AEGON Retirement Readiness Survey 2012 are faced with an AGING society. …

An Autumnal breeze? Cicero Group preview of the 2013 Autumn Statement

An Autumnal breeze? A Cicero Group preview of the 2013 Autumn Statement

Next week’s Autumn Statement marks the last major Parliamentary set-piece event of the calendar year.
 
The Statement is set …

Asia at a crossroads: Bond markets and the renminbi

At the beginning of 2012 the Asia Pacific region is at a crossroads. The technical and fundamental economic factors and …

Aussie Rules: A Cicero Group analysis of the 2013 Australian elections

Australians have voted to ditch the party that has steered them successfully through the global financial crisis and economic downturn …

Autumn Statement of Intent: A Cicero analysis

We knew long before today’s Statement that the Chancellor’s figures were not going to make for pleasant reading. He had …

AXA Flooding Research: The True Cost of Flood Insurance

The long lasting effects of climate change and more frequent extreme weather incidents are of crucial importance to AXA. As …

AXA Small Business report 2011

I am delighted to be introducing this important piece of research on behalf of AXA UK.

Being part of …

AXA Workplace Pensions Report

When AXA undertook research into the workplace over three years ago it was especially timely given the 2006 pensions White …

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BBC 5 Live – A day in the life of a lobbyist

On 6 June 2013 Cicero Group’s Iain Anderson was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live to shed light on a …

BLP – Driving Growth: Building blocks for global infrastructure

With the consequences of the financial crisis still very evident in the balance sheets of sovereigns, banks and infrastructure specialists, …

Capital Requirements Directive IV – A Cicero Special Report

The European Commission has at last adopted its long-awaited proposal to strengthen the European banking sector through stricter capital requirements, …

Challenges and opportunities in social finance

To what extent should banking be a metaphor for how our society works? Should finance be run like a business …

Changing the Conversation: How can retail banks rebuild their reputation?

Over four years have passed since the financial crisis began and it is self-evident that the financial sector, wider businesses …

Cicero Briefing – BRICS Summit 2012

This year it was India’s turn to host the annual meeting of key emerging markets leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, …

Cicero Briefing: Banking reform white paper

The aims of the Banking Reform Bill are clear – the same cannot yet be said of the means through …

Cicero briefing: China’s leadership change 2012

For the first time in a decade, China has ushered in a new generation of leaders; a group of seven …

Cicero Briefing: Financial Services Bill

As politicians presided over the new regulatory framework in the aftermath of the financial crisis, Andrew Tyrie and fellow Treasury …

Cicero Briefing: India Budget 2012-13

As Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee noted, India has not been isolated from the global economic crisis. The Eurozone debt crisis, …

Cicero Briefing: Monetary Authority of Singapore reviews regulation of the country’s derivatives market

On February 13 the Monetary Authority of Singapore announced it is conducting a review on the regulatory oversight of the …

Cicero Briefing: Singapore Budget 2012

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, delivered the Budget Statement for the FY2012 on February 17. …

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Cicero Briefing: State of the Union 2012

Higher taxes for large companies and wealthy individuals at heart of President’s programme for greater fairness

Barack Obama urged …

Cicero Briefing: Super Tuesday 2012

Mitt Romney has a chance to open a significant lead over his opponents on Super Tuesday, in what has been …

Cicero briefing: The 2012 US Presidential Election

On November 6, 2012 the American public will go to the polls to choose the next President. It will also …

Cicero briefing: UK Budget 2012

George Osborne will have caught cartoonists’ imagination by linking tax incentives for the film industry to “keep Wallace and Gromit …

Cicero Briefing: US Presidential Election 2012

After an interminable and colossally expensive campaign we have Barack Obama in the White House, the Democrats in control of …

Cicero Brussels Special Report – European Commission Green Paper on card, mobile and e-payments

We’re in an age where financial transactions in shares and derivatives can be completed within milliseconds yet on the retail …

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Cicero Group and Message Matters’ weekly Scottish digest – 12 September

This time next week Scotland will have decided its future. This week’s Cicero and Message Matters weekly Scottish digest reviews …

Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest

With the Scottish Independence referendum campaign now firmly up and running, Cicero is pleased to show you our Weekly Scottish …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 11 July

With 68 days to go until the Scottish referendum, Cicero is pleased to share our latest weekly Scottish digest.

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 17 July

With exactly two months to go until referendum day on 18 September, I am pleased to share Cicero’s latest weekly …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 27 June

As the Scottish independence referendum draws nearer, Cicero is pleased to share our second weekly Scottish digest.

This edition outlines the …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 29 August

With less than three weeks to go until polling day, this edition provides a review of the second televised debate …

Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – August 15

This edition outlines the latest polling, including a Survation poll exclusively of female voters, further news on economic and fiscal …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 8 August

With just 40 days to go until the Scottish referendum, this edition outlines the latest polling and news following the …

Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – August 22

This edition outlines the latest polling, showing a sustained drop in Don’t Knows, an intervention on North Sea oil reserves …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – September 5

Two weeks from now we will almost certainly know the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum. As we move into …

Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 1 August

With the Commonwealth Games beginning to draw to a close, Cicero is pleased to share our latest weekly Scottish digest. …

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Cicero Group’s weekly Scottish digest – 25 July

As the Commonwealth Games kick-off in Glasgow, Cicero is pleased to share our latest weekly Scottish digest. This edition looks …

Cicero LexisNexis practice note – CRD IV/CRR remuneration requirements practice note

The Capital Requirements Directive (Directive 2013/36/EU) (CRD IV) and the Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation (EU) 575/2013) (CRR) entered into force …

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The Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation (EU) 575/2013) (CRR) implements the Basel Committee’s requirement for banks to establish a 30-day liquidity …

Cicero publishes new report on future of regulatory reform of asset management in the EU

Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the G20 commitments that followed, the European financial services sector has been the …

Cicero research: Can Germany lead the way?

As Europe’s leaders continue their efforts to contain the crisis in the eurozone, the role of Germany – as the …

Cicero Shadow Banking Special

“The reputation of a man is like his shadow: it sometimes follows and sometimes precedes him, it is sometimes longer …

Cicero Special Report – The US Budget: History, Overview and Prognosis

The US Budget is staggering in its size and complexity. This we all know. But few people outside the Beltway …

Cicero Special Report – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If it were needed, December 8 offered another reminder of how much controversy surrounds the CFPB, as Senate Republicans blocked …

Cicero Special Report: European Commission White Paper on Pensions

And so the EU Pensions White Paper is finally published after much delay. Was it worth the wait? After all, …

Cicero summary of the Draft Legislative Programme 2009

This has been an exceptional few months for the government and British politics more widely. The latest incarnation of the …

CII – Protecting the public through general insurance

Insurance plays as pivotal a role in society in the twenty-first century as it did when Winston Churchill gave his …

Coming out of the shadows – A Cicero Group special on the shadow banking package

In June 2012, European Commissioner Michel Barnier said “no financial player, no financial product and no financial market should escape …

Commission announces plans for a single resolution mechanism

The Commission today announced plans to introduce a single resolution mechanism (SRM) as part of the second pillar of the commitment …

Continental Drift – An analysis of global political risk

Political risk is something typically associated with poor, unstable nations. Those countries, usually hot ones, where the deals get done …

Dilnot Commission Report: Cicero Group Special

The key finding of the Dilnot Report – published this morning – is unequivocal in its analysis, “the current adult …

Directive on Credit Agreements relating to residential property – European Commission Proposal

Seven years ago, the European Commission began work to produce a Mortgage Credit Directive that would focus on mortgage market …

Dodd-Frank: One year on

122 rulemaking deadlines are set for July 2011, the one year anniversary of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer …

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Encouraging long-term shareholder engagement – A Cicero Group analysis

Today’s proposal amends both the Shareholder Rights Directive and the recently agreed Accounting Directive. The original Shareholder Rights Directive agreed …

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Energy Efficiency Communication – A Cicero Group briefing

This Cicero Briefing summarises the key points from the Commission’s Communication on energy efficiency and the 2030 target framework. The …

EU Bank Account Proposals

As the Commission nears the end of its term and with the majority of the financial reform programme complete …

EU crisis measures: a view from the European Parliament

Our report on the views of MEPs towards a European banking union, eurobonds, fiscal union and economic union outlines the …

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EU Payments Package

Today’s package consists of two separate legislative initiatives: the Revision of the Payments Services Directive which updates the 2007 legislation …

EU regulation on benchmarks: A Cicero Group analysis

The EU’s regulation on benchmarks is the second major action taken at European level to address shortfalls identified in the …

European Commission Communication on LTF – A Cicero Group analysis

Today’s Communication on long term financing is the most substantial contribution to date from the European Commission on how to …

European Commission proposal for a Directive on a framework for Bank Resolution and Recovery

In the pipeline since 2008, expected from the Commission for twelve months, delayed due to concerns of market turbulence around …

European Commission Proposal on a Single European Banking Supervisor

Today’s announcement, while hugely anticipated, can only be considered the first step of a very long process – a process …

European Commission proposal on Bank Resolution and Recovery

In the pipeline since 2008, expected from the Commission for twelve months, delayed due to concerns of market turbulence around …

European Commission proposal on European Long-term Investment Funds: A Cicero analysis

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its proposal on long-term investment funds. The proposal builds on ambitions outlined in the …

European Commission proposal on IORP – A Cicero Group analysis

Green Papers are often described as forgettable but this one left a lasting impression because of proposals to create a …

European Commission Proposal on Packaged Retail Investment Products

The Commission has published today its legislative proposal on Packaged Retail Investment Products (PRIPs), ending the months of uncertainty that …

Eurovision: A Cicero analysis of David Cameron’s EU speech

If you were at all unsure about David Cameron’s commitment on IN or OUT of the EU – you only …

Facing the Future: The prospects for banking in 2011

So go Sam Cooke’s famous song lyrics, and they seem very apt for the banking industry in 2011. Having gone …

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Financial Regulation White Paper: Cicero Consulting Special Report

Well at last we have it – the UK’s roadmap for financial regulatory reform. More radical and more detailed than …

Financial Services 2012: A Forward Look

2012 is not even a month old and already it feels well worn…

There was barely a …

From King to Carney: A Cicero Group analysis of the new Bank of England Governor

When George Osborne hailed Mark Carney as “the outstanding central banker of his generation” he made no effort to …

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Future of Retirement – It’s time to prepare

This year’s Future of Retirement report – It’s time to prepare – explores four themes.

Firstly, the demographic trends …

Geneva Association – Addressing the Challenge of Global Ageing

Ageing is one of the most significant issues facing societies around the world. Populations are ageing as people live …

Green Paper – Access to venture capital for SMEs: A Cicero Group Special Report

Creating an internal market for Venture Capital

Small and Medium Enterprises are of crucial importance to EU Member States …

High-level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector

In the wake of the crisis that began five years ago the Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen announced today …

HSBC Future of Retirement – A new reality

The world’s population is steadily growing older. The prospect of enjoying a retirement lasting 20 to 30 years is already …

HSBC Future of Retirement 2011 – The Power of Planning

This year’s Future of Retirement report – The power of planning – explores a number of emerging themes in retirement …

HSBC Future of Retirement report – Why family matters

Many financial needs are driven by key life events – including getting married and having children – and as the …

IGNIS – Sharing the Pensions Challenge: What role for risk-sharing arrangements in workplace pensions?

UK pension provision is at a crossroads. The economic climate has led to a dramatic fall in the provision of …

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In conversation with Tim Montgomerie

The first in a series of Cicero events called ‘in conversation with…’, this features an interview with outgoing editor of …

In conversation with…Tom Kelly and Simon Walker

The latest in a series of Cicero Group events entitled ‘In conversation with…’, this video features interviews with former Number …

Independent Commission on Banking Interim Report: Cicero Group Special

Treasury Select Committee chairman Andrew Tyrie recently chastised the Treasury for allegedly leaking substantive elements of the Budget in the …

India Budget 2013 – A Cicero Group analysis

With limited fiscal flexibility, this budget surprised many with its emphasis on increasing government spending. This budget was shaped …

Is social media killing journalism?

Social media has had an almost immeasurable impact on the worlds of journalism and PR. That much goes without saying. …

Made in heaven or a marriage from hell? Social media and the financial sector

While many businesses have embraced social media, the relationship between the financial sector and social media holds many similarities to …

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation – A Cicero Group Special Report

The European Commission’s intention in its Regulation on Market in Financial Instruments (MIFIR) and Market in Financial Instruments Directive (is …

MetLife Engage and Commit: Four proposals to improve UK savings and retirement

Around the world countries are confronted by the challenge of longevity. The wonder of greatly increased life expectancy for millions …

Mind the gap: Focus on Asset Management in the EU

The past five years have seen a deluge of EU financial regulation driven both by the EU’s G20 commitments and …

Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards: A Cicero Group analysis

The Banking Commission’s report Changing Banking for Good has finally arrived. Was it a surprise? Given how much of …

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Political risk for the financial sector in 2015 and beyond

The UK is entering a period of intense political uncertainty as economic crisis makes way for constitutional upheaval. Only now …

Priorities of the Polish Presidency of the EU – A Cicero Group Special Report

On 1 July 2011 Poland has assumed its first ever EU’s six-month rotating Presidency taking over from Hungary, and is …

Queen’s Speech 2013 – A Cicero Group analysis

The sudden retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United today will ensure his place in football history. …

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Scottish independence referendum. A Cicero Group analysis

We have a date. Alex Salmond has announced to the Scottish Parliament that on Thursday 18 September 2014, the people …

Scottish Widows – Women and Pensions Report 2009

It has been another year of unremittingly gloomy financial and economic headlines, though women have been holding onto their jobs …

Scottish Widows Saving and Investment report 2010

The recession that has now, hopefully, come to an end has been the deepest for decades. It will have adversely …

Scottish Widows Savings and Investments 2009

We are clearly in a period of significant economic changes. The economy is now in recession, and 2008 saw house …

Scottish Widows Savings and Investments 2010

The recession that has now, hopefully, come to an end has been the deepest for decades. It will have adversely …

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Scottish Widows Savings and Investments Report 2008

The UK economy-wide saving rate fell to 2.9% in 2007. Not only is this its lowest level since 1959, but …

Scottish Widows UK Protection Report 2009

The Scottish Widows UK Protection Report explores the attitudes and behaviours of UK adults to try to understand:

Why they’re not …

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Scottish Widows Women and Pensions Report 2008

In a year dominated by turbulence in financial markets and concerns over the security of banks and other institutions, pensions …

Shuffling the pack: Cicero Reshuffle Special

The long awaited Coalition Government reshuffle finally arrived today, and then like buses, two arrived at once with a Shadow …

Shut up and listen! Cicero Group’s guide to social media monitoring

Whether you are a global law firm or a local restaurant, social media is changing the way brands are perceived. …

Social media can provide banks opportunity to shine

THE US banking sector has been slow to make use of social media and is only now playing catch-up with …

Social Media in China – A Cicero Group analysis

In the past five years, China has witnessed an explosive growth in the number of social media users and local …

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Spending Round 2013: A Cicero Group analysis

The Chancellor is, despite some criticisms, widely recognised as a highly effective political operator. 
 
He must be hoping …

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State of the Union 2014 – A Cicero Group analysis

The two words that best describe President Obama’s six years in the White House are ‘partisan gridlock’. So as the …

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State of the Union – Obama focuses on ‘unfinished’ work on the economy and nation-building

In the first State of the Union address of his second term, the President laid out to the American public …

Summary of the Hutton Report: Independent Public Service Pensions Commission

Whisperings began on the need to reform public sector pensions before the general election last year with organisations such as …

Summary of the Queen’s Speech 2009

Gordon Brown will be hoping that 13 is his lucky number – with just 13 Bills unveiled in today’s Queen’s …

Summary of the Turner Review

Turner has produced a report at breakneck speed which will answer many of the brickbats being lobbed by the political …

The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base – European Commission Proposal

The European Commission project of creating a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) has proceeded at a snail’s pace through …

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The final chapter? A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 Queen’s Speech

At 88 and delivering her 63rd speech, the Queen still shows no signs of needing to take advantage of her …

The Final Cut: A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 UK Government Reshuffle

The majority of the commentary around this reshuffle has focused on the individuals involved. With William Hague announcing his intention …

The FTT under enhanced cooperation – A Cicero Group analysis

The publication of today’s proposal for a financial transaction tax (FTT) of 0.1 per cent on non-derivative instruments and 0.01 …

The Future of Regulatory Reform – MEP Survey 2010

This report describes the views of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) towards future regulatory reforms that seek to enhance …

The Great Shift East: Corporate Communications in the Asian Century – A Cicero Group analysis

Much is said about the rise of Asia – the “Great Shift East”. Whether it is trade and economics, culture, …

The last piece in the jigsaw? Structural reform of the European banking sector – A Cicero Group analysis

Today’s draft regulation on the structural reform of the European banking sector is the last of the major reforms to …

The Lowdown on Leveson

“The news goes on for 24 hours a day”, so said Orson Welles in his depiction of newspaper magnate William …

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The make-up of the UK delegation to the European Parliament

On Thursday 22 May the UK, together with the Netherlands, was the first country in the European Union to vote …

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The new European Parliament – A Cicero Group analysis

From Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 May the citizens of the European Union voted in the European Parliament elections. Following …

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The next Commission President: The democratic choice or institutional power grab? – A Cicero Group Analysis

The agreement in Council to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission marks a momentous shift …

The Pain in Spain: Pulling the eurozone back from the brink

And so, after a ‘European Spring’ which saw the collapse of governments in Greece and the Netherlands, as well as …

The priorities of the Danish Presidency of the EU

On 1 January 2012 Denmark has assumed the EU ’ s six – month rotating Presidency, taking over the helm …

The Resilient Budget – A Cicero Group analysis of the 2014 Budget Statement

If this was a Resilience Budget, then perhaps George Osborne is the Chumbawamba Chancellor. Twelve months ago he got knocked down …

The Scottish Widows UK Pensions Report 2010

The recent recession and continuing financial uncertainty have led many people to undertake a fundamental reassessment of their finances.

The Single Market Act: A Cicero Group Special Report

The Single Market, a cornerstone of the European project has been re-released with the intention of re-invigorating life into it …

Too Big to Fail: An assessment of progress on SIFI regulation in the United States and European Union

The aftermath of the financial crisis left governments grappling with a thorny problem: what to do with financial firms …

Trade winds – The path ahead for international trade and investment in financial services

As politicians and business leaders seek ways to jump-start economic growth, attention has returned to trade liberalisation. While the multilateral …

Treasury Select Committee Report on the Retail Distribution Review: Cicero Group Special

Just when the industry was really starting to believe the RDR implementation schedule – along comes the Treasury Select Committee. …

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UK Budget Overview: George Osborne – Reforming Chancellor?

There were shades of Nigel Lawson’s reforming zeal in George Osborne’s Budget Statement. Of course Labour wanted to dub him …

UK Government Reshuffle 2012

David Cameron’s first cabinet reshuffle since the General Election is marked by the continuity at the top of Government.

UK International Financial Services – the future

This report looks to the future. I am determined that the financial services industry remains an essential and important part …

Volume of tweets by UK MPs in 2012 could fill War and Peace 12 times over

UK MPs tweeted 7 million words in 2012
Top three MPs most active on social media are Jamie Reed, Julian Huppert …

Walking a fine line: The European Commission’s Company Law and Corporate Governance Action Plan

Despite a rather innocuous title, today’s ‘Action Plan on European Company Law and Corporate Governance’
from the European Commission is …

What the hell is Pinterest?

Pinterest’s decision to open to all web users could provide the financial sector with an opportunity to reconnect with the wider …

White light? A Cicero Group analysis on the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence

The publication of the Scottish Government’s White Paper represents the latest landmark on the road to Scotland’s date with destiny: …

Who owns digital – A Cicero Group analysis

I spoke at an event hosted by Cicero recently about who owns digital. The intentionally combative premise – that it should be …