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Buy, sell or ignore? – research reveals equity analysts’ woeful record on FTSE 350 stocks in 2016

10 February 2017

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The usefulness of equity analysts’ buy, hold and sell signals have been cast into doubt by research from platform A.J Bell. The ten least popular stocks in the FTSE 350 – those with the greatest number of ‘sell’ ratings from analysts – beat the most popular ones and the index hands down in 2016. The […]

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NS&I reduces rates on its variable savings products

7 February 2017

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NS&I is reducing interest rates on four of its variable rate products. It says this follows reductions in interest rates across the savings market after the Bank of England’s reduction of the base rate by 25 basis points, to 0.25% in August 2016. Variable rate changes will apply to premium bonds, Direct ISA, Direct Saver […]

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Self employment leads to increased financial stress on families

3 February 2017

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The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the […]

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Trump Presidency risks return of global boom and bust by throwing “fiscal fuel” at an already recovering economy

23 January 2017

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The Presidency of Donald Trump could bring herald a return to a pattern of global boom and bust says fund manager Psigma. Psigma’s Chief Investment Officer Tom Becket says the world faces three potential scenarios with about roughly a one in three chance of each which he categories as heaven, purgatory and hell – borrowing […]

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Look for value in the FTSE 250 and IPOs amid general uncertainty says Selftrade

20 January 2017

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Investors should look to the FTSE 250 and keep an eye on IPOs this year given broader political, economic and market uncertainty says Mark Taylor, CEO of Selftrade. He says: “It’s likely waters will remain choppy in 2017. Certainly politically, there will be further uncertainty as Brexit negotiations unfold. Added to this, elections across Europe […]

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How big was the global Trump rally – and where does it leave valuations?

20 January 2017

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Major stockmarkets have rallied as much as 12% since Trump was elected as president. Fund manager Schroders looks at why and whether markets are getting ahead of themselves or not below. Stockmarkets rarely rally in the face of political and economic uncertainty. The combination of Brexit, Donald Trump’s election, the return of inflation and prospect […]

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Savings rates look to be on the rise at last

16 January 2017

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Rates on savings accounts are on the rise with 33% of all new launches seeing a rate rise rather than a rate cut, according to research from Savings Champion. The trend reverses what has been seen in recent years and means savers who have been struggling to get better rates on their savings are at […]

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Huge rise in lowest paid men working part time says IFS

13 January 2017

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One in five men aged 25 to 55 with low hourly wages are now working part time a huge rise on the one in twenty in a similar position two decades ago research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows. The think tank says this is the result of a steady trend – not just […]

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Three bond market trades for an uncertain 2017

13 January 2017

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Navigating the uncertain geopolitical and economic landscape in 2017 will require a search for relative rather than absolute value, says John McNeill, co-manager of the Kames Absolute Return Bond Global Fund. In a low-yield environment in which absolute value is scarce and “passive exposure to fixed income makes no sense”, McNeill says investors seeking an […]

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UK business start ups fall by nearly a fifth in last five years. Orkney Islands among places to defy the trend with 42% increase

11 January 2017

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Start-up numbers have fallen significantly in the last five years according to Lloyds Bank analysis. The findings reveal that 19% fewer new businesses were started up in the UK in November 2016 compared to November 2011. Regionally, the data from BankSearch shows that Wales has seen the largest decline in new start-ups falling by over […]

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