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Barclays sets aside extra £800m over forex probes

Barclays has set aside a further £800m to cover the cost of investigations into foreign exchange manipulation, taking its total forex provision to almost £2.1bn. In its interim results, published today, Barclays made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.34bn for the first three months of the year, a fall of 26 per cent from £1.8bn […]

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Advisers blast ‘crazy’ Pension Wise ad ban

Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise in the months surrounding pension freedoms. The service was set up to provide guidance to customers unsure of their options under the new rules, which came into force this week. But advisers have warned that strict limits […]

My three big calls: Rathbone’s Mona Shah

Long/short funds Developed market equities have been driven higher and higher by quantitative easing over the past few years. However, we think the beta wave has finished now: alpha will deliver the returns going forward. Unconstrained long-short funds, in particular, are starting to look increasingly interesting. They can be more tactical as the performance of […]

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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

Brazil’s Lula: conviction upheld

Brazil’s 4th  Federal Regional Court of Appeals (TRF-4) has upheld former president Lula’s criminal conviction on charges of money laundering and passive corruption. Neptune’s Thomas Smith looks at the potential outcomes, explaining why Brazil’s tail risks are being removed. Read more Important Information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past […]

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