MarkR

About Mark Richards

A previous financial services business owner, Mark is an experienced Journalist Speaker, Speechwriter and Coach. He has written for a number of websites related to the financial sector and won numerous awards. Mark has also published a number of books.

Blue Monday – and its Rather More Cheerful Friends

By | 2019-01-21T10:32:21+00:00 January 21st, 2019|Economy|

By Mark Richards. Today is officially the most depressing day in the year. Why is that? And what about the other ‘special’ days in the year? In a bid to cheer you up, CL News presents a year of antidotes to Blue Monday… Welcome to Blue Monday, January 21st and – officially – the most [...]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Good News Part One

By | 2019-01-18T11:19:45+00:00 January 18th, 2019|Economy|

By Mark Richards. Wherever you look at the moment it is bad news. So here at CLNews, we thought we would do something to redress the balance. From stopping the homeless freezing to death to pizza delivery, here are half a dozen unashamedly good news stories… Well, another week of Brexit chaos, the US government [...]

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Christmas 2018. Who won, who lost and Should we Save the High Street?

By | 2019-01-14T10:58:38+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. Who were the high street’s winners and losers this Christmas? And what does that mean for the long term future of our towns and shops? Can the UK high street be saved? And more to the point, should we save the high street? Or just accept that change is inevitable? We ended [...]

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From the VCR to the Talking Toilet – Welcome to CES

By | 2019-01-11T11:45:06+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. This week it is CES2019 – the Consumer Electronics Show. We look at the products that are making the headlines this year and look back to some of the products unveiled at CES that went on to be part of everyday life. And some that were not quite as successful… Yesterday was [...]

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Tech Trends and Predictions for 2019

By | 2019-01-07T11:14:30+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. We wrote a lot about tech last year. In the year that brought us the General Data Protection Regulations (more of that later), it was impossible not to. But what might happen in 2019? We take a look at some predictions for the year ahead – with the most terrifying saved until [...]

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December Economic Round Up: Countdown to Brexit…Still

By | 2019-01-04T10:29:51+00:00 January 4th, 2019|Economy|

By Mark Richards. As we do at the end of every month, CL News looks back over the month just ended. At the end of November, we were expecting some progress on Brexit. That did not happen but what did happen was Donald Trump, as he started to make up with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, [...]

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2018 – The Year in Numbers

By | 2018-12-31T10:42:49+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Richards. It is our last post in 2018 so it is time to look back. We have picked out all the numbers that mattered in the last 12 months, from zero to one trillion – sadly stopping at two along the way… Zero – the number of challengers to Chinese Premier Xi Jinping [...]

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10 Predictions for 2019: CLNews gazes into the Crystal Ball

By | 2018-12-28T10:58:06+00:00 December 28th, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Richards. CLNews looks into the crystal ball with predictions for 2019. Brexit, Donald Trump, the UK high street, inept politicians and people taking selfies with bears… Here are our 10 predictions for the year ahead, including – of course – England winning the World Cup… It is that time of year again. The [...]

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Let’s Eat, Grandma. And have you Brought your Cheque Book?

By | 2018-12-24T12:30:06+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards Tomorrow the vast majority of us will be sitting down to Christmas dinner with our families. But should you charge the family to eat with you? Christmas dinner is expensive: preparing it means a lot of time and stress. So why shouldn’t you charge Grandma a reasonable amount? And then there are [...]

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A Cashless Society? It will not be Utopia…

By | 2018-12-21T10:07:37+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Economy, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. The use of cash in the UK has halved over the last decade. It is forecast to halve again in the next ten years. Britain is apparently ‘sleepwalking’ into becoming a cashless society. What would that really mean? As we demonstrate below, some fundamental parts of British life would be changed forever. [...]

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