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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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Advisers seek compensation for Iress Xplan system failures

A number of advice firms are pursuing Iress for thousands of pounds in refunded fees, after suffering “nightmare” technical problems with its Xplan software. Xplan is an end-to-end system which offers portfolio management, client communication and business management tools. Australian technology provider Iress also owns software programme Adviser Office, following its acquisition of Avelo in […]

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High Court winds up £880k property scam offering 51% returns

The High Court has wound up a scam property fund which took £880,000 from investors and promised returns of up to 51 per cent a year. The FCA says the fund was wound up earlier this month at its request and a liquidator appointed to investigate Hermay’s activities. The regulator says the firm had been […]

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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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