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The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

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Nic Cicutti: Tory IHT move appeals to voters’ naked self-interest

This may surprise one or two readers of Money Marketing, but I have never voted in a general election. We are not talking here about a Russell Brand-style rejection of all political parties, nor is this the result of apathy on my part. It is simply that my Italian passport precludes me from voting. That […]

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Tribunal upholds FCA ban for PI broker

The Upper Tribunal has upheld a decision by the FCA to ban a former professional indemnity insurance broker. Stephen Allen was issued with a decision notice by the FSA in July 2012, which intended to ban him because he was not a fit and proper person. The regulator said Allen had secretly added a fee […]

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Nick Bamford: Time for a systems and processes check up

Good advisory businesses typically operate with consistent systems and processes that enable them to produce bespoke outcomes for clients. Starting from scratch each time to deliver advice and allowing individuals in the firm to be left to their own devices to determine how to deliver such advice seems like a recipe for disaster. In light […]

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Brazil: The recovery remains intact

The Brazilian investment case has transformed dramatically over the past eighteen months. Back at the beginning of 2016, the market was under pressure from both international and domestic factors. The Chinese economy was slowing, which resulted in a precipitous fall in commodity prices, and the US Federal Reserve was beginning to raise interest rates, with […]

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