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The four key characteristics of China’s foreign exchange policy

13 April 2016

Investing Strategy

Aidan Yao, Senior Economist at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM), discusses the four key characteristics of China’s foreign exchange (FX) policy and how these impact the liberalisation of the renminbi’s (RMB) exchange rate. The liberalisation of the RMB’s exchange rate should eventually give way to market forces to dictate price actions meaning that a medium-term […]

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UK inflation rises to 0.5% – experts give their views

12 April 2016

Investing Strategy

The UK inflation rate has risen to 0.5% in the year to March from up 0.3% in February with the Office for National Statistics blaming rises in air fares and clothing. The rate has increased gradually since October 2015 although is still relatively low in the historical context. The ONS says these upward pressures were […]

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How to invest in stocks and shares for the first time

18 March 2016

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Tipping your toe into the world of stocks and shares can be daunting; here’s four things you need to look out for when investing for the first time.   The Share Centre head of investment research Andy Parsons said everyone, bar those who are set to inherit a fortune, has to make their money work […]

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Broker view: Why shares in insurer Prudential are a ‘buy’

14 March 2016

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Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he is tipping insurer Prudential as his share of the week… Life insurer Prudential reported its full year 2015 results last week, which were welcomed by the market as group operating profits climbed by 22% to £4bn. Key business units performed well with its […]

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Five ‘hidden gem’ fund tips for your investment ISA

14 March 2016

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Despite the thousands of funds available to UK ISA investors, many people are tempted to go with high profile names when choosing where to invest their money. However, that can mean overlooking some lesser known but equally good, funds and fund managers. Investment analyst FundCalibre has identified five hidden gems, which make its Elite Rated […]

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City watchdog aims to get “financial advice and guidance to work better for consumers”

14 March 2016

Investing Strategy Personal Finance Retirement Planning

Millions of consumers could have better access to affordable financial advice and guidance that meets their needs at every stage of their lives as a result of recommendations from the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) published today. The review, a joint initiative between the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and HM Treasury has concluded there is […]

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Is the oil price rally sustainable or a dead cat bounce? – Four fund managers give their views

10 March 2016

Investing Strategy

Global oil markets have rallied hard with the Brent crude benchmark breaking back through $40 earlier this week. From its 12-year low of just above $27 in late January, Brent has climbed more than 50%. Is this rally sustainable, or just a dead cat bounce? Four managers give their views below. Andrew Jamison, high yield […]

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Increase in the number of investment trusts with a track record of at least 20 years of dividend rises

8 March 2016

Investing Strategy

This year may well have endured a rocky start with a number of high profile companies having cut their dividends. But on the flip side a number of investment companies have already upped their payouts in 2016. According to trade body, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), in January, the Bankers Investment Trust announced its […]

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10 steps to investment success this ISA season and beyond

7 March 2016

Investing Strategy Personal Finance

Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA Self Investor outlines his 10-step plan which he believes will provide investors with a framework upon which they can decide where to invest this year’s money… Know your goals What do you want to achieve with your investments?  It is essential to know your short and long term […]

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10 top end of tax year tips for high earners

7 March 2016

Investing Strategy Personal Finance

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, and Easter intervening, higher earners and sophisticated investors may want to consider getting their tax and investment affairs in order sooner rather than later. Ben Yearsley, investment director at Wealth Club said: “With the end of the tax year in less than a month, there isn’t […]

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