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FTSE slips

The FTSE opened at 4,344 and slipped in morning trades despite strong gains from miners.

By 10.14am, the index was down 1.2 per cent at 4,296 with banks facing losses.

Barclays fell 2.45 per cent to 267.30p, Lloyds Banking Group was down 0.4 per cent to 69.75p and Royal Bank of Scotland was down 0.8 per cent to 36.90p.


The Lion’s share

Stockmarkets have rallied strongly since the beginning of March. This is certainly a welcome change after a dire year in 2008 but I would not be surprised if markets paused for breath at this stage. Whether or not this rally can be sustained is the big question in investment at the moment.

Copper canyon

What is China up to? Earlier this year, they were bidding up for raw materials. Now it seems they have switched off buying orders and have even turned sellers in some cases – like copper. China is by far the biggest importer and consumer of copper, so rumours the state reserve board is prepared to sell up to 250,000 tonnes of the metal to bring the price back should not be ignored. But it does not mean the rally in commodity prices is over.

Settlor’s rights

Loan trusts are an excellent tool for lump sum inheritance tax planning for clients who need ongoing access to their initial investment.

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