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Barings: 70% of intermediaries worried about eurozone growth

Some 71 per cent of intermediaries see eurozone growth as one of the biggest macroeconomic challenges to investment growth over the next six months, according to research by Barings Asset Management.

The research shows 60 per cent of intermediaries remain concerned about over-leveraged economies such as Cyprus, while 62 per cent are concerned about unresolved US fiscal cliff issues.

Some 58 per cent say the UK economy will experience higher inflation, while 87 per cent say their clients are still concerned about the effect inflation is having on their cash investments.

Barings head of UK retail distribution Rod Aldridge says: “Considering the recent turmoil in the eurozone, it is unsurprising that intermediaries are concerned about overall global economic health.”

The reserach was carried out across 109 investment intermediaries.


Osborne blasts EU for imposing ‘directive after directive’ on firms

Chancellor George Osborne has hit out at EU financial regulation, saying it has imposed “directive after directive” on UK firms, “crippling” their ability to compete. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Osborne said the UK needs to achieve “real change” and create a more flexible and competitive EU. In the last year the EU […]

Bond managers clash on surging hybrid debt market

Standard Life Investments and Rathbone ethical bond managers have clashed over the opportunities on offer in the growing hybrid bond market. Issuance in the corporate hybrid debt market, which involves bonds with some equity-like characteristics, has soared in recent months. Almost €15bn in hybrid bonds were issued in the opening three months of 2013, compared with […]

Govt plans to create FCA duty to consider economic growth

The Government is imposing a duty on the Financial Conduct Authority and other regulators to consider economic growth when creating new rules. In the Queen’s speech last week, the Government said a draft deregulation bill will be published to reduce the burden of excessive or unnecessary regulation. The Government has consulted on the regualtors’ compliance […]


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