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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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Sesame to close financial adviser school

Sesame is to close its Financial Adviser School and is consulting with staff affected by its decision to scrap its investment advice network. In March, Sesame Bankhall Group announced it will no longer operate as a network for investment advisers as part of a fundamental overhaul of the business. In an update to members today, […]

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Tony Wickenden: A segmented approach to retirement planning

Almost everything you read around the new rules for retirement income planning talks of the inevitable expansion of a blended approach to investing. This, so the logic goes, is the response to managing the four key conflicting pressures at play for those looking to plan for their retirement: longevity, inflation, lack of flexibility and volatility. […]

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LifeSearch renews contract with MoneySupermarket

LifeSearch has renewed its contract with MoneySupermarket.com to provide protection advice to customers of the comparison site. The specialist protection intermediary has had an agreement with MoneySupermarket.com since January 2013. It declined to say how long the new contract is for. LifeSearch chief executive Tom Baigrie says: “We are delighted that our partnership with MoneySupermarket is […]

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