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Higher oil price: not whether, but when…

Largely obscured by ‘noise’, the facts suggest that the price of oil will rise by the end of this year, according to Richard Hulf.

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Can annuity/drawdown packages serve the mass market?

Specialist annuity providers are set to launch advised-only hybrid drawdown products, but experts warn they may struggle to reach their target markets. Since the 2014 Budget firms reliant on annuities have seen sales crash and profitability plummet. Figures published by the FCA in September showed out of around 200,000 people who accessed their pensions in […]


GAM’s Hepworth protects fund amid China uncertainty

GAM fund manager Charles Hepworth has reduced the emerging market allocation in his fund following the market crash in China and turned to fixed income and absolute return for investment protection. While the manager believes the £289m Star Balanced fund will continue to benefit from developed markets, he warns uncertainty surrounding China in the short-term […]


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