Welcome to the CSFI

The CSFI is a forum for well-informed debate and research about the future of the financial services sector.

We do this through a range of activities: written research, live discussion groups and networks, all focused on the latest developments in international finance. Our work is objective, topical and practitioner-oriented. It is driven by a belief in the value of free markets, and of open discussion.

The Centre's activities are supported by sponsorship from leading institutions in banking, insurance, investment, government, technology and the professions. It is run from London, but its range is global.

Financial services for ex-offenders

In June, the CSFI held a round table to discuss the matter of financial services for ex-offenders.  As you may know, people with convictions risk having their bank accounts and insurance cancelled, a self-defeating practice since it makes rehabilitation much more difficult.

The discussion was very revealing - and even moving since we heard from people whose lives had been deeply affected.  It was not the purpose of the RT to make recommendations: nonetheless courses of action were identified which could greatly ease the problem.

Please click here to acceess a brief summary of the discussion and possible recommendations.

David Lascelles
Senior Fellow


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Forthcoming round-tables

September 15, 2015
October 14, 2015
October 20, 2015

Latest Publications

This report focuses on work-based pensions in the private sector and, within that, on the new "auto-enrolment" regime for mass retirement saving. With support from Pensions Insurance Corporation.
The insurance industry operates in a risky world, with an uncertain macro-economy, a heavy regulatory agenda, and growing threats from cyber attack. Read the survey of the risks facing the global insurance industry, produced in association with PwC.
The report is based on a survey of opinions on Brexit. It received over 400 responses and the result is pretty overwhelming: nearly three quarters would vote to stay in the EU in the event of a referendum.

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