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Could a new type of life cover save you money?

If you’re a small business owner, company director or higher earning employee looking for more life cover, then a new style plan called Relevant Life may be worth considering as an alternative to a personal plan. Relevant life policies are … Read More

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Gold and financial markets looking boring at the moment

Tedious Shocker for Financial Boredom In the markets this week… Gold & silver do their job, rise as stock markets fall… Gold ATM does its job again, wins a little PR for coin shop… New York police do their job, … Read More

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Mark Carney performs a handbrake turn on interest rates and Forward Guidance

“Oh what a night” sang Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and I was reminded of that song last night. The date however had moved from December 1963 to June 2014 as Mark Carney gave an extraordinary Mansion House speech. … Read More

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UK MPC still underestimating labour market strength

The MPC lowered its unemployment rate projections again in the May Inflation Report but is probably still underestimating the speed of decline. The jobless rate may end 2014 at or below 6.0%, i.e. close to the MPC’s current central estimate … Read More

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Fed up with the Co-op Bank debacle? Where should savers look for ethical banking now?

One in five Co-operative Bank customers are considering taking their business elsewhere after a scandal-hit year, according to new research writes Kara Gammell. Figures from Moneywise Magazine show that 18% of Co-op Bank customers said they are currently considering switching … Read More

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Should investors be shopping for income at Sainsbury?

A tail of woe in the supermarket sector UK Food Retailers have been battered of late – the main culprits being: The lack of UK households’ purchasing power, with inflation consistently running ahead of wage growth; The rise and rise … Read More

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Japanese experience cautionary for Eurozone QE enthusiasts

Japanese monetary trends continue to defy the predictions of QE supporters. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) bought ¥70 trillion of government securities in the year to April, equivalent to 15% of annual GDP and 6% of the M3 broad money … Read More

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Rates are NOT rising!!!

For months I’ve noted that ‘everyone’ has been saying interest rates would soon rise.  After all, they said, the Governor of the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve of the US had all but announced it. I also noted … Read More

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Insuring a growing 6% yield with Amlin

Hunting for yield? Look no further than Amlin! Want a 6% income that should grow? Like companies with long-term track records of growth and high profitability? Like “value” companies that trade on as P/E of 10x or less? Then Amlin (code … Read More

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UK vacancies / short-term unemployed signalling stronger wages

Last week’s UK employment report casts further doubt on the Bank of England’s claim that there is still significant disinflationary slack in the labour market. First, the vacancy rate, i.e. the stock of unfilled openings expressed as a percentage of … Read More

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