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Help to Buy 2 ‘operating at just 13% of capacity’

Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]

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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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Jim O’Neill to lead Govt devolution plans

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill is to be made a peer and will help shape the Government’s devolution plans as commercial secretary to the Treasury. In a speech in Manchester yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne announced O’Neill – who coined the term Brics to describe emerging economies – would be placed “right in the […]

Welcome to The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

Welcome to the latest update for The Brunner Investment Trust PLC from the trust’s portfolio manager Lucy Macdonald. Market Review Global equities ratcheted higher throughout February, buoyed by optimism about global growth and corporate earnings. All regions advanced, although Japan tended to lag many other markets. In sector terms, healthcare, information technology, consumer staples and […]

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