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Watchdog finds “best execution” less than best

Watchdog finds “best execution” less than best

Investors risk losing out on transactions because those carrying them out on their behalf often flout rules designed to protect clients. A new paper from the Financial Conduct Authority concludes [...]

Cry for the bondholders – or for Argentina?

Cry for the bondholders – or for Argentina?

Argentina has defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in thirteen years.  But should investors be crying for a nation that was once in the world’s top ten [...]

Global share dividends top $1trillion

Global share dividends top $1trillion

Investors have long understood that much of the overall return from an equity portfolio arises from dividend income – the more so if it is reinvested.  Studies indicate that dividends [...]

Home prices grind to virtual halt – but growth could resume

Home prices grind to virtual halt – but growth could resume

House price growth came to a virtual dead halt in July, suggesting that the domestic property bubble has stopped expanding even if there are no current signs of a burst. [...]

Active managers beating index in UK but not in emerging markets

S&P looks at managers over one, three and five years

Active managers beating index in UK but not in emerging markets

A new report from number-cruncher S&P Dow Jones  dispels the long held myth that tracking emerging market indices is very much a second best to active management. The research – [...]

Bankers could see bonuses clawed back even after a decade in new Bank of England clampdown

Bonuses to be deferred for seven years for senior bankers, five years for many others

Bankers could see bonuses clawed back even after a decade in new Bank of England clampdown

UK bankers may have to hand back bonuses up to ten years after they receive them under new plans published today by the Bank of England. The rules come into force [...]

Three payday loan advertisements banned by Advertising Standards Authority

Three payday loan advertisements banned by Advertising Standards Authority

Three payday loan adverts have been banned today by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint made by Citizens Advice earlier this year. The adverts from Peachy, Loan Monarch and [...]

High Street banks out of favour with income share and fund investors, but is it time to reassess?

High Street banks out of favour with income share and fund investors, but is it time to reassess?

The number of direct investors holding high street bank shares has fallen by up to 54% says The Share Centre’s investment research analyst Graham Spooner. Investors favour HSBC and Standard [...]

Crowdfunded convertible loans now an option for the retail investor

Financial firms are now able to apply crowd-funding techniques to convertible loans opening up a source of new source of potential returns to retail investors. These have  generally only been [...]

Best sellers in the first month of the NISA

Hargreaves Lansdown has listed the most popular shares, active and passive funds invested in the New Isa since it launched a month ago. The CF Woodford Equity Income topped the [...]

Free direct investment guide aims to get to the heart of what matters for investors

An investment platform consultancy, the Lang Cat, has launched a free-to-download direct investment guide. “Come and have a go: a direct approach to platform investing” is a must-read for all investors, from [...]

The Share Centre rates ITV a buy

ITV has been recommended as a ‘buy’ by the Share Centre as the television company reported a rise in half year profits of 11% to £322m. Graham Spooner, investment research [...]

Guest blog – planning your retirement like packing for your holiday

Duncan Robertson, director of pricing at Aegon, gives his view on how to make sure you are ready for retirement just like you pack for your holiday. I love holidays.  [...]

Saudi Arabia – undervalued and underowned until now?

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the investment opportunities presented by the under-valued, under-owned and, until now, under the radar Saudi Arabia equity markets along with the situation [...]

Are banks now a buying opportunity for investors?‏

Chris Beauchamp, market commentator at IG Group, comments on the opportunities for investors in the banking sector… Since the financial crisis, banks have lagged behind the FTSE All-Share index, which [...]

The big hurdles investors face in the equity bull market

Keith Wade, chief economist at asset manager Schroders, comments on the macro hurdles that he believes could challenge the continuation of the bull market and warrant a slightly more cautious [...]

British men twice as likely to dodge the doctor as women

British men are almost twice as likely as women to avoid going to a doctor when experiencing a serious health symptom says new research from protection specialist LV=. The firm’s [...]

Can Twitter become a viable alternative to Facebook?

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, commented recently that, “Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries.” Brenda Kelly, [...]

Your glasses may be stylish but is your eye test more important? The MM interview

The Mindful Money interview with Jeremy Chadwick, managing director, VSP Vision Care VSP Vision Care is a global firm specialising in providing eye care to employees as a workplace benefit. [...]

Households need to act swiftly or risk being hit with an energy bill rise of almost £200

Consumers on some fixed energy deals could see their bills rise by up to £188 a year unless they take swift action to move to a better deal. According to [...]

Britons turn away from big white weddings in favour of getting on the property ladder

More than a quarter, at 28%, of those aged between 18 and 34 would spend a £20,000 gift from their parents on a deposit for a house according to research [...]

Small caps firms embracing self-improvement to up their earnings

Henry Lowson, manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund looks at how smaller companies are building value through acquisitions and expanding their global footprint… Smaller companies with good [...]

Eurozone annual inflation remains stable at 0.5% in June

Following the European Central Bank’s recent actions to stave off a period of deflation and boost economic growth in the Eurozone, the cost of living stabilised in the troubled region during [...]

100 year old investment trusts – the 10 that have increased their dividends for at least 30 years

As the centenary of the Great War approaches, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has taken a look at the investment companies that have been around for a hundred years [...]

592,695 current account switches in 2014

There were 592,695 current account switches in 2014 in the year to the 30th June – a 16% year-on-year increase on the year before says the Payments Council. In addition, [...]

Bill Mott, veteran income fund manager, to retire

Bill Mott is to retire from fund management stepping down from the PSigma Income fund. The current co-manager, Eric Moore will become co-manager alongside Gervais Williams. Mott will retire from [...]

Eurozone looks set for more disappointing growth numbers

The sharp fall in eurozone industrial production in May suggests that the recovery in the sector is flagging before it has even really begun. According to Capital Economics, production dropped [...]

UK families unaware of tax breaks that could benefit children

UK families could be using simple tax breaks to save for their children in the future, but many parents are not aware of how they could be saving on tax, [...]

Impact of tougher mortgage lending rules “more subtle than dramatic”

The impact of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), which introduced stricter lending criteria appear to be “more subtle than dramatic” says an industry trade body. The MMR, which was launched [...]

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