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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 […]

My three big calls: Rathbone’s Mona Shah

Long/short funds Developed market equities have been driven higher and higher by quantitative easing over the past few years. However, we think the beta wave has finished now: alpha will deliver the returns going forward. Unconstrained long-short funds, in particular, are starting to look increasingly interesting. They can be more tactical as the performance of […]

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Tory ‘Right to Buy’ extension slammed by political rivals

Conservative plans to extend the Right to Buy programme to housing association tenants were slammed in last night’s BBC opposition leaders debate.  The Tories announced the plans ahead of their manifesto launch last week, promising that 1.3 million tenants could qualify for discounts of up to 35 per cent in seeking to buy housing association […]

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Altmann turned down pensions minister job

Ros Altmann was offered the role of pensions minister by the Conservatives but turned it down, Money Marketing can reveal. Instead, Altmann will be made a peer and appointed minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education. Former pensions minister and LibDem Steve Webb lost his seat in today’s general election, leaving the Conservatives without […]

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Lifetime allowance

Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst Benefit crystallisation events and the lifetime allowance charge – all you need to know. The lifetime allowance (LTA) is the maximum amount that can be crystallised before a charge applies. It used to be £1.8m but it’s steadily decreased to £1m. There’s a whole list of […]

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