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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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Who’s in and who’s out: The high profile election losses

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and pensions minister Steve Webb are the most high profile financial services scalps to be claimed after a shock election night. Balls, who previously held a majority of just 1,101 in the constituency of Morley & Outwood, lost out to Conservative Andrea Jenkins by 422 votes. Webb lost to Conservative candidate […]

HMRC amends pension reclaim form

HMRC is to change the wording of one of its new tax forms for people reclaiming overpaid tax on pension withdrawals, after confusion over who could use it. Form 55 is to be updated because it currently implies it should only be used if “you’ve only taken one payment and do not intend to take […]

Ian McKenna: Dispatches from Finovate (Day two)

Day two of Finovate kicked off with the organisers highlighting the volume of money that firms presenting in 2014 had raised, totaling a staggering $1.4bn. Of this two of the six who had raised the most are firms whose propositions have significant potential in the UK; Motif Investing, who raised a breathtaking $75m, and Personal […]

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The UK equity income landscape has changed

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO, Neptune Since the Investment Association lowered the yield hurdle for funds in the IA UK Equity Income sector in March 2017, the number of funds yielding 110% of the market has almost halved. With inflation rising and many income funds exposing investors to stock-specific risks, are your income funds […]

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