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Bank of England holds base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]

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Old Mutual Wealth sales boosted by pension freedoms

Old Mutual Wealth has reported a 16 per cent rise in year-on-year sales during the first quarter, from £3.9bn to £4.6bn, as assets on its UK platform hit £33bn. The firm’s interim management statement for the first three months of 2015, published this morning, reveals platform sales were up 15 per cent year-on-year to £1.45bn, […]

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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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Ex-Deutsche Bank trader files court case against FCA

Former Deutsche Bank trader Christian Bitter has filed a court case against the FCA after it fined the bank £227m. In April Deutsche Bank was fined a total of £1.7bn by international regulators for manipulating Libor and Euribor. According to Bloomberg, Bitter claims the FCA improperly identified him in a report accompanying the Deutsche Bank […]

The unconventional becomes the norm

Caspar Rock, Chief Investment Officer, and Richard Jeffrey, Chief Economist, review the state of the economic landscape. It started with an unconventional recession, one that emanated from a near collapse in the financial system but which, in some larger economies, resulted in a comparatively modest increase in unemployment. Then we had unconventional monetary policy, encompassing […]

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