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Business urged to speak up for EU

The Confederation of British Industry has called on businesses to “speak out” in support of Britain’s membership of a reformed European Union. In a speech later today at the CBI’s annual dinner in London, CBI president Sir Mike Rake will say no credible alternative to Britain’s EU membership has been set out. He will say: […]

Tony Wickenden: Should Help to Buy Isa’s incentive method extend to pensions?

One of the big headline grabbers from last month’s Budget was the Help to Buy Isa. Like pension freedom, a superficially easy concept to present and understand.  Also like pension freedom, however, there is a little bit more detail to get to grips with. The most obviously available further information on the Help to Buy […]

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UBS to pay £351m over forex and Libor scandals

Swiss giant UBS will pay $545m (£351m) to US authorities to settle the investigation into alleged foreign exchange benchmark rigging. In a statement released today, the bank says the fine includes a $342m Federal Reserve penalty related to forex activities. The bank has also paid a $203m penalty for breaching its Libor agreement, including a pledge not to […]

How tax relief changes will hit pension contributions

The highest earners in the country would lose out more on pensions tax relief under the Conservatives than the Liberal Democrats. Each of the major parties has indicated cutting the tax relief on higher earners following the general election. Scenarios modelled by Fidelity Worldwide Investment show someone earning £250,000 a year and making gross pension […]

William Littlewood “betting that QE won’t work”

Journalist Alexis Xydias interviews Artemis manager William Littlewood about his views on bond, equity and currency markets and the impact of a Greek exit from the EU. With bond yields at “ludicrous” levels, William believes a tipping point for bond markets is sure to come. As a result, his Strategic Assets Fund holds government bond shorts to the tune of 100 per […]

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