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FTSE edges higher

The FTSE 100 opened today at 5,033 and edged higher with gains from banks and miners.

The blue-chip index reached an intraday high of 5,061 during morning trades with Royal Bank of Scotland gaining 2.1 per cent to 49.56p, Lloyds Banking Group up 1.1 per cent to 95.98p and Barclays up 1.2 per cent up 366.30p.

Rio Tinto surged ahead by 3.1 per cent to 2,644p, BHP Billiton was 1.9 per cent higher at 1,690p and Anglo American lifted 3.1 per cent to 2,011p.


Diverse dangers

One of the big debates that has taken place over recent years concerns the desirability of adopting a diversified investment strategy. Popular wisdom has it that, by building a portfolio of diverse asset classes, investors would be protected against any setback in a particular area.

Global energy: positioning for a recovery in the oil price Š

Richard Hulf explains how he and John Dodd have positioned the Artemis Global Energy Fund and where they are finding opportunities. Richard explains how he and John are changing the complexion of the fund to focus on the most efficient oil producers. As he tells journalist Alexis Xydias, in this environment of lower prices, he […]


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