Doorstep lender Provident Financial plunged the most since last year’s Brexit meltdown today after a botched overhaul of its loan collections business bounced it into a shock profit warning. The FTSE 100 giant saw its shares plunge 16% after it said profits at its consumer credit division would be £60 million this year, down from the £115 million last year.
The head of the pay consultants’ group Martin Read said FTSE directors should have more “discretion” to set bonuses to stem excessive payouts for poor performance. Formulaic executive pay deals have come under scrutiny in recent years after some chief executives saw pay hiked despite big losses. Read, chair of the Remuneration Consultants Group, said boardrooms should be given more space to do what they feel is right for the company rather than be boxed in by pay formulas.
City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority opened an investigation on Tuesday into why holidaymakers with cancer find it harder to get decent travel insurance. Around 2.5 million in the UK have cancer or are recovering and charities like Macmillan say buying cover is often “confusing and distressing”. The FCA has called on the industry to supply more information on how they analyse the risk of insuring a cancer patient for travel to try to find a solution.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".