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A holiday in Columbia – tourism on the rise but what should investors make of it?

27 April 2016

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Dr Mark Mobius, Templeton Emerging Markets Group discusses the rise of tourism in Colombia and the opportunities this offers investors in his account of a recent trip below In the past, Colombia had a somewhat dubious reputation among travellers that, unfortunately, kept many from experiencing its numerous charms. Colombia’s government and its people have risen […]

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Keep Apple’s revenue fall in perspective says Hargreaves Lansdown

27 April 2016

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Apple shares fell by 7% in after-hours trading as it reported its first revenue decline in 13 years, and the first-ever decline in unit sales of the iPhone. Apple reported revenues of $50.6bn for the first three months of the year, down 13% from the year before (down 9% in constant currency), with earnings per […]

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The top 20 things buyers hate about your home

27 April 2016

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Damp, poor maintenance and nasty smells top the list of turn-offs for potential homebuyers according to new research by Gocompare.com Mortgages. The survey, which compiled the top 20 concerns, found that damp was the biggest area of concern for house-hunters.  Most (71%) of those surveyed said that evidence of damp patches on walls or ceilings […]

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Whitbread – an investment play on a long working hours culture

26 April 2016

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Whitbread has released full year results for the 53 weeks to 3 March 2016 which reveals 12.0% growth in total revenue to £2.9 billion. This includes like-for-like growth of 3.0%, 11.9% growth in underlying profit before tax to £546.3 million, and an increase in the full year dividend of 10.0%. On a 52-week basis, revenue […]

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Brazil – good news for fixed income investors at least

26 April 2016

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Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore, gives his assessment of what is going on in two key emerging markets, Brazil and China and considers Argentina’s return to the fold. Brazil pleases fixed income investors The news from Brazil is awesome, if you are a fixed income investor, that is. Firstly, disinflation is intense. The […]

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Blackrock sees an emerging market sweet spot, but can it get even sweeter?

26 April 2016

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We are in a sweet spot for emerging market (EM) assets  says Blackrock’s global chief investment strategist Richard Turnill with selected opportunities and a window to outperform. Can the sweet spot get sweeter? EM-related exchange traded products (ETPs) have attracted nearly $16 billion this year, according to BlackRock research. and have recouped 75% of their […]

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Record 124,615 current account switches in March

22 April 2016

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Some 309,678 current account switches took place in the first three months of this year according to BACs which runs the Current Account Switch Service. This is a 20 per cent increase in the number of switches completed compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and 10 per cent more than the same period last […]

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High earning pension investors could miss out on £58,500 tax relief in taper allowance confusion

21 April 2016

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Well-off pension investors could miss out on substantial tax relief due to confusion around the new annual allowance taper rules which come into force this month Alliance Trust Savings has warned. Savers currently benefit from tax relieved pension accrual up to the annual allowance of £40,000 for the 2016/17 tax year. However, from 6 April […]

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Fire sale of second hand annuities predicted

21 April 2016

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Annuitants will be able to sell on their annuities from April next year, but they could face an increased tax bill and could be pushed into a higher tax bracket for any income they take that tax year. Those with an annuity over a certain amount will be required to seek advice though the amount […]

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Consumers still choosing drawdown over annuities for their pension but only just

21 April 2016

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The numbers of consumers opting for annuities are very nearly level pegging with those choosing drawdown one year out from the pension freedom reforms says financial forecasting firm eValue. Since the introduction of Pension Freedoms on April 6th 2015, over 22,000 individuals have logged onto their pension providers’ calculators, powered by eValue, to explore their […]

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