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The twenty seven stocks that have grown their dividend every year for the past decade

17 July 2017

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Twenty seven FTSE 100 companies have grown their dividend every year for at least the past 10 years according to research from investment platform AJ Bell. Investment trust Scottish Mortgage has the longest unbroken streak of dividend increases with 34 year, one other FTSE 100 company has increased its dividend every year for over 30 […]

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Royal London warns against bending listing rules to allow Saudi Aramco to list just five per cent of shares in London

8 June 2017

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Any attempt to bend the listing rules in order to facilitate the IPO of Saudi Aramco is highly inappropriate and flagrantly ignores the principles which the UK’s listing rules were designed to defend, Royal London is arguing. While the listing would be a prize asset on the exchange due to the sheer size of the […]

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Borrowers facing average £3,242 if they fall back on to top six lenders’ standard variable rate

2 June 2017

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The UK’s six biggest mortgage lenders are penalising customers who slip onto their Standard Variable Rates (SVR) with a £3,2421 hike in annual interest repayments according to research from online mortgage broker Trussle.  The firm says this is more than a month’s income for the average household2. The research, entitled the Mortgage Saver Review, compares […]

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Jobhunters have the upper hand with well over a million vacancies but one third around the living wage says Adzuna

1 June 2017

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The combination of high vacancies and low competition for jobs has created an ‘employment paradise’ for jobhunters, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk. The number of vacancies across the UK, now stands at its highest level since November 2015, with 1,179,586 openings currently advertised. With just 0.44 job seekers for every […]

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Chinese annual growth will slow to 3% or 4% in the next two decades says Lombard Odier

31 May 2017

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Stéphane Monier, Head of Investments, Lombard Odier Private Bank, assesses the outlook for China, geopolitical risks in the region and the opportunities for investors. The authorities expect China’s growth to reach 6.5% this year as the economy rebalances from manufacturing and exports to domestic consumption, creating huge opportunities for investors facing low single-digit returns The […]

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Big city trams put 12% on property prices two years after opening

15 May 2017

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House prices have been boosted by improved transport links with new tram lines driving up property values, according to new research by Lloyds Bank. House prices along the tram routes in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh grew by an average of 12% in the first two years after opening. This contrasts with the two years before […]

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Keeping up with Les Joneses: how the snap election may help smaller companies

25 April 2017

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Clive Hale, director of Fund Calibre sees a possible investment opportunity amid the politicking. Not to be outdone by her European counterparts, Theresa May decided to call a snap election for the UK, which adds to the upcoming voter-fests in France with its final run off in two weeks, Italy and Germany. While I, for […]

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Election looks set to delay Government ban on cold calling by pension scammers

20 April 2017

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The pension industry has warned that the election could delay government action on pension cold callers. A consultation from the Department for Work and Pensions, due “in Spring”, could be pushed back, A. J. Bell has warned and says this could put millions of savers at risk. Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, says: […]

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AJ Bell points out the resilient dividend paying stocks if the market loses its nerve over the election

19 April 2017

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Some 26 FTSE 100 stocks have increased their dividend every year since the financial crisis in 2007. Those firms have generated an average share price gain of 232%, compared to a 13% gain in the FTSE 100 says A.J. Bell. Ashtead heads the pack with a share price return of 957.3% while hose firms have […]

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Uncertainty over French Presidential election has never been greater and markets haven’t priced it in says Unigestion

11 April 2017

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Florian Ielpo, Head of macroeconomic research, Unigestion  suggests that as we approach the first round of the French presidential elections on 23rd April, the uncertainty over who will make it into round two, and the final result, has never been greater. “While a moderate candidate is the most likely victor in our assessment, the situation […]

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