No evidence absolute-return funds delivering on promises. The marketing departments of fund providers attempt to create products with clever names designed to tap into investors’ emotions. Read more >

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American research provided guiding principles for success in markets. As the Scottish oil and gas community converges on Houston for the annual OTC show, it is perhaps appropriate to reflect on what the US has brought to the world of … Continued

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15th May 2011

Pensions Bill

The government has announced a delay in the second reading of its controversial Pensions Bill, after women staged a protest at Westminster over the proposed hike in their State pension age to 66 from 2020.

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1st May 2011

Inflation

Inflation in Britain hit 4.5% in April – its highest level since October 2008 – up from 4% in March, based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The bigger-than-expected rise was due to a jump in transport costs, particularly Easter … Continued

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Laughing all the way to the bank. Vickers proposals for industry ‘wide of the mark’. Read more >

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£797bn a year wiped out in unnecessary costs. Managed funds charging too much in fees. Read more >

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7th April 2011

Retirement Annuities

At the start of the new tax year on 6 April 2011, the government scrapped the requirement to buy an annuity at age 75 and introduced two alternatives, capped or flexible drawdown, to replace unsecured pension and alternatively secured pension. … Continued

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Read this article on the ft.com website.

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Returns are highly attractive but come with a considerable risk especially in the short term. Tread carefully when investing in emerging markets. Read more >

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Take a long-term view on returns if you plan to invest in equities. Facts show folly of forecasting financial markets. Read more >  

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