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 […]
With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]
Aviva’s UK life division saw new business profits surge 15 per cent in the first quarter despite sales dropping year-on-year. The insurer’s first quarter interim management statement, published this morning, reveals the value of new business written in its UK life arm rose from £89m in Q1 last year to £103m in the first three […]
Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]
Alex Ralph, manager of the Artemis High Income Fund, sees further pressure on government bonds as inflationary pressures build on both sides of the Atlantic.
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