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Where next for the US dollar?

23 March 2016

Investment Insight

Ahead of Friday’s final US GDP figures, Schroders’ multi-asset team looks at the impact of a strong dollar and why any further sharp appreciation might put pressure on global growth… Over the past 15 years, the global economy has had a tailwind from US dollar weakness, the recycling of petro dollars and trade surplus reserves, […]

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Should you invest in a charity retail bond?

23 March 2016

Investment Insight

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a retail bond offering returns of 5% per year and maturing in 2026. It is the third bond to be issued through the Retail Charity Bonds platform, which was created as an issuing vehicle to enable UK charities to raise medium term debt finance through bonds issued to retail […]

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RBS repayments pave the way for dividends to resume

22 March 2016

Investment Insight

  This morning Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed it has paid £1.2 billion to the UK government, which will clear the way for it to resume dividend payments to ordinary shareholders. The sum is around 10 times the amount the Treasury is expecting to get from Lloyds dividend payments in the first half of this […]

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A third of financial advice and wealth management clients have no idea what they pay in fees

22 March 2016

Investment Insight Personal Finance

More than a third of financial advice and wealth management customers do not know what they pay in fees, a new survey has found. The research, commissioned by investment platform Nutmeg, revealed that 36% of customers surveyed didn’t know what they were charged last year, while 28%of those who did know felt the fees they […]

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Skiers count the cost as Brexit fears send sterling down the slopes

15 March 2016

Investment Insight Personal Finance

Sterling has fallen by as much as 10% against nine currencies of popular ski destinations compared to a year ago, meaning holidaymakers heading to the slopes in 2016 could be in for an expensive trip. Uncertainty over whether or not Britain will vote to exit the EU in the referendum this June has caused volatility […]

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Investors’ appetite for risk is on the decline, financial advisers report

15 March 2016

Investment Insight

Over half (52%) of UK financial advisers say their clients’ appetite for risk has decreased over the last 12 months, with 8% saying the drop has been ‘dramatic’, according to new research by rplan.co.uk the online investment platform. Three in 10 advisers (29%) believe the number of UK people using investment ISAs this year will […]

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FTSE 100 dividend cuts hit £5.7 billion

15 March 2016

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A decision by copper miner Antofagasta today to pass on its final dividend and cut its 2015 annual payout has brought the total dividend cuts announced by FTSE 100 firms for 2015 and 2016 to more than £5.7 billion. Shares in the commodities company were under pressure today following the announcement that it would cut […]

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Sainsbury’s posts first rise in sales for two years

15 March 2016

Investment Insight

As Sainsbury’s reports a Q4 trading update Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… In a trading update reported this morning, the UK’s third biggest supermarket Sainsbury’s said that like for like sales rose by 0.1% in the three months to 12 March. Albeit this is a […]

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Fund manager view: “The biggest fear is fear itself”

8 March 2016

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Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens takes a closer look at market volatility and whether or not it can be profitable… A month ago today the markets were in crisis mode. Volatility, as measured by the VIX Index was around 26%, the highest reading since the Chinese slowdown scare of last August. The FTSE-100 Index was plunging, reaching […]

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Morrisons rebounds into the FTSE 100 as Sports Direct is relegated

2 March 2016

Investment Insight

Helal Miah, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, explains what the latest London Stock Exchange index changes mean for investors… Supermarket retailer Morrisons has rebounded into the FTSE 100 following its demotion just three months ago. The company’s latest interim trading statement, in January, showed that it had a surprisingly good Christmas trading period and signalled […]

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