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The Government has extended the period during which it will offload its stake in Lloyds, the part-nationalised bank, by six months. The announcement means the Treasury will continue selling shares in Lloyds to institutional investors until 30 June 2016, before opening up to retail investors. The plan could be stopped before this date to ensure […]

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Investment Association under fire for axing regulatory unit

The Investment Association’s decision to disband its regulatory affairs unit has cast serious doubt over the trade body’s ability to influence policy at the highest level. The IA has scrapped its regulatory affairs unit in an attempt to cut costs after three of its biggest members announced their decision to quit the trade body. IA […]

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Barings’ Laud uses property as a ‘natural diversifier’ over equities

At a time when the outlook for equities and bonds is clouded by slow global economic growth, Barings’ Sonja Laud has turned to property to boost yield in her portfolio. Laud says the asset class is “a natural diversifier” with “strong income features” which are normally associated with traditional government bonds. The portfolio manager has […]

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