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Will Trump’s protectionism cause a trade war with emerging markets?

Emerging markets are already feeling the impact of Donald Trump’s protectionist stance on Chinese and Mexican trading relationships, with major EM indexes slumping on today’s US election results. Commentators unsurprisingly put Mexico at the forefront of upcoming uncertainties with Trump in power at the White House, with the peso already weakening. The Mexican currency plunged […]

Can Hammond keep his hands out of the pensions cookie jar?

New Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement on 23 November and the industry is waiting with bated breath to see what impact it will have on pensions. Last week’s announcement that the Treasury will not pursue the creation of a secondary annuity market indicates Hammond is not blindly following his predecessor George […]

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Paul Lewis: Paradox time in new state pension land

Here is an investment I promoted on my radio show recently. You pay £733 and in return you get a guaranteed annual income of £231 for life, index-linked by prices, earnings or 2.5 per cent, whichever is the highest. Isabel wrote in: “I asked my financial adviser but he didn’t know anything about it”. I […]

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Bank of England votes to keep rates on hold

The Bank of England has hinted it may not cut interest rates further before the year’s end as it unanimously votes to keep rates on hold at its November meeting today. However, it has warned the possibility of a ‘hard Brexit’ presents challenges ahead and forecast that unemployment will rise to 5.5 per cent, while […]

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