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Have UK markets reached their peak?

Since the nadir of the financial crisis markets have been nigh-on irrepressible with investors enjoying huge gains. But fears are rising that the rug is about to be pulled from under their feet. The environment of ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing has helped global equities soar since markets bottomed out in March 2009 and […]

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Is property heading for a fall?

The Queen’s Speech last month saw the next step in the Conservative pledge to expand the Right-to-Buy scheme. But there are concerns the move could compound the UK’s housing crisis and put pressure on property investing returns. The Tory pledge will see the right to buy homes at a discount extended to social housing tenants, […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

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Tesco posts record loss of £6.4bn

Tesco has posted a record loss of £6.4bn, one of the biggest losses outside of banking in British corporate history. In its annual results, published today, the supermarket group revealed it made a pre-tax loss of £6.38bn in the year to the end of February, compared with a pre-tax profit of £2.3bn the previous year. […]

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UK economy ‘to grow 2.8% in 2015’

The UK economy will take uncertainty created by the general election “in its stride” and grow 2.8 per cent this year, the EY ITEM Club says. The consultancy’s spring forecast, which uses HM Treasury’s economic modeling, predicts gross domestic product will hit 2.8 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2016. This is […]

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Brian Tora: Is the market pricing in future risks properly?

With the general election campaign now in full swing, our domestic market is displaying the sort of nervousness that might be expected when the final outcome is so uncertain. Building a base above 7,000 for the FTSE 100 is now looking a tough challenge. While the success or otherwise of the majority of those companies […]

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Profile: How an Aussie lawyer became a global asset management CEO

The man at the helm of the recently merged business Columbia Threadneedle Investments is an industry veteran who has watched how increasing regulation has shaped the markets. A former board member of the Investment Management Association (now known as the Investment Association) and a governor of the Pension Policy Institute, Campbell Fleming says it is […]

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Mark Barnett: The hunt is on for resilient companies

With political uncertainty high on the agenda, my focus is to find companies that can be resilient across many different macro-economic outcomes. Resilient in as much as whilst the shares may fall out of favour with the stockmarket for a period, the company itself has the management team and business model in place to enable […]

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Investment analysis: What’s next for the ‘triple zero’ eurozone economy?

The eurozone is breathing easier these days thanks to the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme. The central bank raised this year’s Eurozone growth forecast to 1.5 per cent up from 1 per cent previously. Eurozone consumer prices fell by 0.1 per cent in March 2015 from a year earlier, suggesting that fears of continued deflation […]