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Why are global equity income funds failing to beat their benchmark?

With investors continuing on their hunt for yield, global equity income funds remain firmly in the spotlight. The popularity of the sector is a phenomenon that started following the financial crisis in 2008, when investors rushed into safe-haven assets. Dividend stocks provided a welcome shelter from the storm. Extensive quantitative easing programmes from central banks […]

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MAS chief executive to step down

Caroline Rookes will step down as head of the Money Advice Service in April next year. In a letter to stakeholders today, Rookes said that she had originally planned to retire in February this year, but wanted to stay to help steer the government’s discussions over the future of the public guidance services. However, now […]

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‘Advisers are wrong to dismiss guaranteed drawdown’

The Lang Cat has called on providers to better explain guaranteed drawdown products as it argues advisers are wrongly discounting guarantees as part of the retirement planning process. Guaranteed drawdown products – often referred to as unit-linked guarantees which combine drawdown with assured levels of income – have increased in popularity since the pension freedoms […]

Mark Page: why my biggest overweight stock is a discount Spanish retailer

Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager Mark Page is questioned about the merits of investing in Spanish supermarket group, Dia. Dia is a 7,000-store Spanish discount supermarket chain. But with cheaper food prices coming on to the market and an improving Spanish economy, journalist Alexis Xydias questions Mark about its inclusion in the Artemis European Opportunities […]

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