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Liberal Democrat chief Treasury spokesman Vincent Cable is calling on the Government to toughen up on lenders selling payment protection insurance. Cable wants to see the Office of Fair Trading conduct a full-scale review into the PPI market. Cable has condemned big banks and a number of small brokers for taking advantage of weak rules, which do not require disclosure of commissions.

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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