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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

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 […]

Labour won’t pursue heavy-handed regulation

A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]

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Jim O’Neill to lead Govt devolution plans

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill is to be made a peer and will help shape the Government’s devolution plans as commercial secretary to the Treasury. In a speech in Manchester yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne announced O’Neill – who coined the term Brics to describe emerging economies – would be placed “right in the […]

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Record inflows push Axa Elevate to £10bn

Record new money in March has helped push Axa Elevate’s funds under management to £10bn, Axa Wealth’s quarterly results show. The platform saw £534m of new assets in the first quarter of 2015, with funds under management rising 26 per cent year-on-year, from £7.9bn in 2014 to £10bn. An 8 per cent increase in pension […]

Need guaranteed, increasing retirement income? This may be the answer

It’s well known that people tend to become more financially conservative the closer they are to retirement, and grow increasingly cautious with their pension savings. At that point the focus is often more about protecting accrued savings rather than building funds for retirement. This has become even more topical after pension freedoms were introduced in […]

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