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Steve Bee: Can the state pension deliver what’s needed?

I have always thought the old-age pension, as it used to be called, was a good idea. The idea was it should provide working people with a bedrock on which to build their lifetime savings. There is, though, clearly a danger in providing a basic pension for all in that it has to be sufficient to […]

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PRA to impose tougher buy-to-let lending rules

The Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed it will bring in tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders following an earlier consultation. The PRA consulted on changing buy-to-let underwriting standards in March for all lenders not already subject to FCA regulation. Today the regulator has published its response to the CP11/16 consultation, as well as its final […]

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Openwork’s Woodford fund hits £100m in six months

Openwork’s UK equity fund, managed by Neil Woodford, has reached more than £100m in its six months since launch. The Omnis UK Income & Growth fund became available to Openwork advisers in February via the network’s investment proposition Omnis and takes positions in listed and unquoted companies across the UK. Openwork marketing director Philip Martin […]

Is volatility dead? No, sell credit

There are several arguments that one could currently make for why credit markets look unattractive. These include signals that the US economy is in late cycle, the fact that corporate leverage has been increasing (with 2016 setting a record for the amount of global bond issuance), and that US high-yield default rates have risen considerably […]

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