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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 […]

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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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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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First year-on-year deflation since records began

The consumer prices index has fallen year-on-year for first time since official records began in 1996. Office for National Statistics data show CPI fell by 0.1 per cent in the year to April 2015, compared to no change in the year to March 2015. It is the first year-on-year fall since 1960 based on comparable […]

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