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US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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Hermes poaches Aviva exec for real estate arm

Hermes Investment Management has appointed Aviva’s head of European retail funds, Philip Nell, as fund director for the company’s real estate unit, Hermes Real Estate. He will join the £6bn real estate arm on 20 July and report to to Hermes Real Estate chief executive Chris Taylor. Nell will also work as fund manager of the UK Private Rental […]

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Labour promotes Chris Leslie to shadow chancellor

Labour has named Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie as its new shadow chancellor following the defeat of Ed Balls at last week’s election. Leslie steps up from his previous role as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, in which he opposed Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. Having previously represented the Yorkshire constituency of Shipley from 1997, […]

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Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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