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The European Central Bank has decided to keep interest rates on hold at its monetary policy meeting. The headline rate remains at zero per cent, the deposit rate at negative 0.4 per cent and the marginal lending facility at 0.25 per cent. It has confirmed its asset purchases will remain unchanged at €80bn a month […]

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Woodford in Govt talks over £250m tech start-up fund

Neil Woodford is in talks with the government to allocate capital to a initiative to back early-stage tech ventures outside London. The British Business Bank is working with other institutional funds to launch the £250m investment company, which will be approximately 50 per cent backed by the taxpayer, The Times reports. It will invest between £5m and […]

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Spooked markets could fall ‘much further’ as FTSE slides

Investors have been warned that markets could have much further to fall if the current global sell off becomes a genuine correction, as the tone of US Federal Reserve members becomes increasingly hawkish. At lunchtime, before US markets had opened, the FTSE 100 was down 1.4 per cent to 6,679 having recovered some losses from opening, […]

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Hard numbers and harsh truths in property vs pensions debate

The provocative comments from Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane that property trumps pensions when it comes to retirement planning have reignited an age-old debate. The comments come off the back of worrying research from Citizens Advice that suggests large numbers of consumers are eschewing pensions in favour of bank accounts, and after Money Marketing […]

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