The current credit cycle is at a point where debt is outpacing equity according to a poll of the UK corporate treasury community. The poll, taken at this year’s Association of Corporate Treasurers conference in Edinburgh, showed that 54% of treasurers think corporate debt is growing faster than corporate profits. Reports from the conference suggest that it was dominated by talk of the impending credit collapse, with ‘car-crashes’ and ‘bursting bubbles’ featuring in some discussions. However it was also recognised that UK corporate leverage has generally remained at manageable levels and that increasing leverage and improving balance sheet efficiency is one way of raising shareholder value.
UK firms investment in training and development will increase, on average, by a fifth in the next year, claims Robert Half recruitment after interviewing 100 financial services (FS) executives.
A report by broking group Marsh examines the repercussions from the administration of the South Korean company, which filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August.
Global research by C2FO suggests that smaller businesses are less concerned with the repercussions of Brexit and the upcoming US presidential election.
A squeeze on skilled talent means it now takes an average of seven weeks to fill open permanent roles in finance in the UK according to new research from financial services recruitment firm Robert Half.