Economics / Markets

        Retail fund sales plummet after strong 2014

        Professional Adviser | 26 Feb 2015 | 12:00

        Retail fund sales tumbled last month in a reversal of the strong inflows seen in 2014, according to the latest Investment Association (IA) figures.


        RBS reports £3.5bn loss for 2014

        State-backed lender Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported a £3.5bn loss for 2014.

        Professional Adviser | 26 Feb 2015 | 07:56

        HSBC bosses apologise for tax scandal during MP grilling

        HSBC's senior executives have apologised to a committee of MPs for the failings in its Swiss private banking arm which meant clients avoided paying millions in tax.

        Professional Adviser | 25 Feb 2015 | 17:00

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      The only way is up: Will FTSE hit 10,000 by 2022?

      Three prominent London Business School academics have calculated the FTSE 100 has a 50% chance of hitting the 10,000 level by 2022, following its recent record-breaking performance.

      Professional Adviser | 25 Feb 2015 | 12:31
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      Sector report: Mixed fortunes flummox investors in Sterling Strategic Bonds

      The contrasting fortunes of the US, UK and Europe are causing a fixed income allocation headache for advisers and investors. Stewart Smith attempts to provide some relief...

      Professional Adviser | 23 Feb 2015 | 11:45

      Govt sells further £500m Lloyds shares

      The government has sold a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares through a trading plan launched in December, taking the total amount of money recovered for the taxpayer from the bank to just under £8bn.

      Professional Adviser | 23 Feb 2015 | 07:45

      Quick Qual: This week's smartest investment commentary

      Recent snippets from some of the investment world's biggest names...

      Professional Adviser | 20 Feb 2015 | 12:02
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      Aviva Investors' Aylward goes underweight US for first time since 2011

      Ian Aylward has cut Aviva Investors' multi-manager exposure to US equities to an underweight position for the first time since 2011, fearing the stocks are deeply over valued.

      Professional Adviser | 19 Feb 2015 | 13:08

      FTSE hits 15-year high to bring record into sight

      The FTSE 100 is within sight of its all-time high after closing at its highest level for 15 years on Tuesday.

      Professional Adviser | 18 Feb 2015 | 08:16

      Diving inflation, deeper malaise?

      With the UK inflation rate falling to a record low of 0.3% in January, Peter Elston worries the diving inflation numbers seen everywhere from Europe to China are a sign of a deeper malaise...

      Professional Adviser | 17 Feb 2015 | 11:33
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      Inflation falls to lowest rate on record

      Inflation fell to 0.3% in January, the lowest level ever recorded and firmly below the Bank of England's 2% target.

      Professional Adviser | 17 Feb 2015 | 09:33

      Multi-asset managers ready shock absorbers as correlations rise

      Multi-asset managers are adopting a range of strategies to protect portfolios if asset class correlations begin to break down, turning to sector-specific investments and raising cash.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Feb 2015 | 12:43
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      Three things clients may call you about this week

      Professional Adviser's weekly round-up of the articles that may have caught your clients' attention over the weekend...

      Professional Adviser | 16 Feb 2015 | 08:32

      Japan emerges from recession but growth misses estimates

      Japan came out of a recession last year after two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Feb 2015 | 08:26
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      Low inflation prompts CBI to raise UK growth forecast

      The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has upgraded its UK growth forecast in the face of low inflation and falling unemployment figures.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Feb 2015 | 07:48
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      Markets jump as eurozone GDP growth surprises in Q4

      The eurozone economy beat growth expectations in the last quarter of 2014, buoyed by a resurgent Germany.

      Professional Adviser | 13 Feb 2015 | 13:00
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      Will BoE be forced to cut rates this year?

      The Bank of England may have to resort to the interest rate cut that Governor Mark Carney alluded to in his Inflation Report speech this morning, according to some market watchers.

      Professional Adviser | 13 Feb 2015 | 07:57

      Germany says Greek compromise possible

      Germany has said it is willing to compromise with Greece on the terms of repaying its bailout debt.

      Professional Adviser | 13 Feb 2015 | 07:38

      Sector report: What does 2015 hold in store for Asia ex Japan?

      Managers are taking a fairly positive stance on the region in 2015, but Simon Dorricott offers a word of warning...

      Professional Adviser | 12 Feb 2015 | 14:06

      Carney: We are prepared to cut rates further if deflation takes hold

      The Bank of England has said it is prepared to cut rates further and expand its quantitative easing (QE) programme should the current downward slide in inflation worsen.

      Professional Adviser | 12 Feb 2015 | 11:50


    Should non-advised retirees cashing in their pension pots be given a 30 day cooling-off period?