Economics / Markets

        Five fund houses predict the future for 2015

        Professional Adviser | 22 Dec 2014 | 12:44

        Here we have a mixed bag of end of year forecasts of what markets will do in 2015. Diversity of opinion is (nearly) the only consistent thing here, except the views on equities - everyone still loves them...


        UK inflation drops to surprise 12-year low

        UK CPI inflation fell further than expected in November to its lowest level since 2002, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

        Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 10:02

        Asset Allocators' Soapbox: Print, print, print!

        With competitive devaluations back on trend in a world where further monetary easing is likely, investors have a tricky decision to make, writes Peter Toogood...

        Professional Adviser | 08 Dec 2014 | 10:33

    Other Economics / Markets articles


      Japan's recession deeper than estimated

      Japan's economy shrank more than initially estimated in the third quarter of 2014, according to revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Dec 2014 | 07:22

      Winners and losers: Industry reaction to the big Autumn Statement issues

      Chancellor George Osborne revealed a raft of fiscal changes in the final Autumn Statement of the current parliament. Here we look at some of the winners and losers from the dispatch box announcements...

      Professional Adviser | 03 Dec 2014 | 17:17
      Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

      Osborne reveals better than expected borrowing figures but growth disappoints

      The Office for Budget Responsibility has revised up government borrowing forecasts for 2014 and 2015 - but figures for the following years are lower than previously estimated, according to Chancellor George Osborne.

      Professional Adviser | 03 Dec 2014 | 13:06

      Sector report: Absolute Return – The case-by-case sector

      Clive Hale examines how to make sense of the diverse Targeted Absolute Return sector and offers a handful of fund picks...

      Professional Adviser | 03 Dec 2014 | 10:21

      Small business boost as govt unveils one-year extension to funding scheme

      The Bank of England (BoE) and HM Treasury have announced a one-year extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), with small to medium-sized businesses to continue to be the primary beneficiaries.

      Professional Adviser | 03 Dec 2014 | 07:56

      Aviva agrees £5.6bn Friends Life takeover

      Aviva has agreed to buy Friends Life for £5.6bn in a deal that will create the UK's largest insurance, savings and asset management firm.

      Professional Adviser | 02 Dec 2014 | 07:51

      The case for flexibility in a rising rate environment

      Flexible bond funds' ability to adjust their sensitivity to rate rises may prove attractive to fixed income investors, writes Richard Woolnough

      Professional Adviser | 01 Dec 2014 | 12:40

      Just what is going on with Japan? Two views on trouble in Tokyo

      A huge miss on GDP, a snap election called, an inflation rate at its slowest for a year, all in the space of a few weeks - so just what is going on with Japan? Professional Adviser speaks to two experts to dig behind the headlines.

      Professional Adviser | 01 Dec 2014 | 12:30
      Chancellor George Osborne presenting the 2013 Budget in the traditional red box

      Autumn Statement 2014: What to expect

      A round up of Autumn Statement predictions as the Chancellor prepares to give his 2014 speech on 3 December.

      Professional Adviser | 01 Dec 2014 | 11:55

      UK equities: Opportunities for stock pickers

      With the UK equity market underperforming the rest of Europe, Raj Tanna looks at the sectors offering value to savvy investors

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 13:23
      Photo of an oil derrick at sunset

      Oil plunges towards $70 mark as OPEC maintains supply levels

      The price of Brent crude oil has fallen another 8% to $71 per barrel after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided not to cut output on Thursday.

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 07:38

      UK All Companies sector sees first inflows since May

      UK All Companies funds saw their first inflows in six months in October, despite market volatility, according to the Investment Management Association.

      Professional Adviser | 27 Nov 2014 | 07:49
      Premier Foods

      From bin to bank account: The opportunity in food waste

      Confusion over the difference between ‘best before' and ‘use-by date' is about to end, presenting an appetising opportunity for investors, writes Gertjan van der Geer

      Professional Adviser | 25 Nov 2014 | 10:57

      Commodities: A slippery year

      Commodities' performance in 2014 shows how challenging the market can be for multi-asset investors, but don't let that put you off, writes Jade Fu

      Professional Adviser | 24 Nov 2014 | 10:56

      Fund Focus: Axa's Richard Marwood on why ethically screened funds perform 'differently'

      Richard Marwood, manager of Axa Ethical Distribution, talks to PA about the impact of ethical screening and his outlook on equities…

      Professional Adviser | 20 Nov 2014 | 11:27

      Where did the smart money go in October?

      The repercussions of last month's equity sell-off are still being felt, reports Cherry Reynard

      Professional Adviser | 19 Nov 2014 | 15:33

      Asset Allocators' Soapbox: When small is beautiful

      Small cap cyclicality is generally accepted, but what are the reasons for it? Nick Peters seeks an answer…

      Professional Adviser | 18 Nov 2014 | 13:09


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