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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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£100 invested 90 years ago would have made £14,045 today

21 April 2016

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As Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday, M&G points out that £100 investing 90 years ago should have grown to £14,045 today. The firm extols the benefits of buy and hold illustrated in the graphic below. Ed Protheroe, Investment Director, M&G Investments, said: “Now, like Her Majesty the Queen, so many more of […]

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Where next for UK commercial property?

24 March 2016

insight Investing Investing for income / growth

Commercial property forecasts have suffered downward revisions for this year and through to 2020, Andy Brunner, investment strategist at Morningstar, examines the outlook… The outlook for UK commercial property is no longer what it was.  Investors are now faced with the prospect of lower returns from the main vehicles, directly invested property funds. While likely […]

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Stock and fund tips for building your child’s Junior ISA

24 March 2016

Financial Planning insight Investing Investing for Growth Shares

For those looking to spice up their child’s junior ISA portfolio one broker is tipping utility group National Grid and household firms company Reckitt Benckiser as ideal stocks to add. Saving into a stocks and shares Junior ISA, or JISA, is a decent way to build up a nest egg. You can invest up to […]

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Top tips for beating the tax year-end deadline

21 March 2016

Financial Planning insight Investing Your Money

With the end of the 2015/16 tax year a fortnight away and the added hurdle of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend being early this year, Jason Hollands, managing director at Tilney Bestinvest offers practical tips on how investors can successfully beat the end of tax year deadline… Don’t deliberate any longer – just dash for […]

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