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Get ready for the bond fund redemption wave

Bond firms face a liquidity crunch as fund managers are being urged to prepare to meet redemption requests if there is a sharp sell-off. A recent report form ratings agency Fitch warned of a mismatch within open-ended bond funds offering daily liquidity while holding less liquid securities. The report says the likelihood and impact of […]

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Chris Gilchrist: ETFs could be next for a meltdown

Exchange-traded funds are a likely candidate for the next systemic financial crisis. While most bond fund managers cannot see why interest rates will rise, a major sell-off in bond ETFs would send all interest rates up. The problem is that, while ETFs have delivered low costs, they cannot deliver on other aspects of their promises […]

Is Nest trying to solve a problem that does not exist?

The recent consultation on the future evolution of Nest seeks to expand its remit in a number of ways, but principally in providing retirement income products. However, is Nest right when it claims its members lack appropriate choices and that it should step into the breach? An insight into Nest’s own view of the market […]

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Govt plays down rift with Mark Carney

The Prime Minister’s allies have downplayed suggestions Theresa May is critical of the Bank of England’s monetary policy amid a recent war of words. The Financial Times reports recent comments by May have caused concern at the Bank and Treasury that the Government was looking to intervene after she warned of “bad side effects” from […]

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