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Pre-tax investment returns generated by Legal & General’s with-profits funds dropped to 3.1 per cent in 2015, down from 10 per cent a year previously. This compared to 8.5 per cent over 25 years and 5.5 per cent over the last decade. In addition, the insurer added bonuses totalling £366m to its with-profits policies last […]

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FANGs – how high can they go?

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