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Stephanie Flanders: Is the tide about to turn for commodities?

Domestic equities have long been the most important asset in UK investors’ portfolios and there is little sign of that changing. However, the peculiar structure of the UK market makes it surprisingly difficult for index investors to actually get exposure to the UK economic recovery. Invest in the FTSE 100 today and you are likely […]

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Harries exits Newton for Troy Asset Management

Newton global equity income fund manager James Harries has quit the firm to join Troy Asset Management in a global strategy role. Harries will join the independent fund manager in the new year and will help to manage Troy’s balanced funds range. At Newton Nick Clay, the current lead manager of the BNY Mellon Global Equity Higher Income […]

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Barclays to increase B2L rental cover ratio due to tax relief cut

Barclays is set to increase its rental cover ratio as it is expected landlords will incur higher costs because of the cut to tax relief announced in the summer Budget. From 7 December, Barclays’ rental cover ratio will increase from 125 per cent to 135 per cent for all new applications. There will be no other […]

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Tony Wickenden: Getting to grips with the residence nil-rate band

Over the past couple of weeks I have been comparing pension-related headlines with the reality of the legislation supporting them and discovering some pretty big differences. Another misleading headline is the one that claims no couple with a combined estate of less than £1m should have to pay inheritance tax. There is detail to consider. What […]

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Investment bonds and care costs

In the UK the election campaigns run by the various political parties have included statements and debates around long-term care provision, and the cost of care that could be covered by the state. The cost of care has been increasing and the problem around funding for care will continue to grow over the coming years […]

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