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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg quit after election drubbing

Nigel Farage will stand down as leader of Ukip after losing out in his bid to be elected as the MP for Thanet South. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has also confirmed he will quit as leader after a “crushing” election night. Labour leader Ed Miliband will also exit following a shattering result for the […]

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T. Bailey’s Askew doubles down on Europe

While the T. Bailey Growth fund team has recently doubled the portfolio’s allocation to European equities, its managers insist the introduction of quantitative easing across the currency bloc was not behind the move. Looking at the decision to up the £178.8m portfolio’s allocation from circa 5 per cent at the start of the year to […]

The Rubik’s Cube: China’s policy trilemma

By Douglas Turnbull, Investment Director, Head of Chinese Equities China faces a ‘Rubik’s Cube’ policy trilemma, whereby it needs to sustain a minimum acceptable level of growth, deal with issues such as overcapacity and reform the financial system to make it a far more efficient allocator of capital. Given the contradictory nature of these objectives, […]

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