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  • Market review – vicious cycle of negative sentiment leading where?

    5 April 2020

    Amine Chaieb, partner at Spearvest, provides a markets review in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis The global economy was still in a fragile state when the COVID19 global crisis hit. With corporate balance sheets stretched and high leverage widely used by private and institutional investors, markets were especially vulnerable given the excessive valuation...

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  • Latest on pandemic investing plus 7-page volatility advice tool from Fidelity

    5 April 2020

    Nothing has been behaving as it should over recent weeks – normal market dynamics have broken down and governments have stepped in to hold up economies as best they can. Fidelity is producing constantly updated insight into the impact of the pandemic in respect of market and investment issues, utilising the breadth of its...

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  • Investors should brace for further dividend cuts

    2 April 2020

    With the Bank of England putting pressure on banks to stop paying dividends, investors and pension savers should brace themselves for a sharp cut in dividends, as companies seek to protect themselves against the impacts of Coronavirus, Adrian Lowcock, head of personal investing at Willis Owen, has warned. With the UK government forcibly closing millions of...

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  • FCA relaxes 10% rule and banks told to stop paying dividends

    2 April 2020

    The Financial Conduct Authority has relaxed its rules on the 10% drop notification to clients as financial markets continue to be negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to retail investment firms, the watchdog confirmed that it will be flexible on its requirements until the 1st October 2020. It said it would...

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  • AKG updates on industry’s capability to weather current storm

    1 April 2020

    Insurers are well positioned to weather the recent turbulence in the financial markets, according to ratings and assessment firm AKG.  The group said the rules and structures imposed by Solvency II and equivalent regimes in offshore jurisdictions would offer greater protection, and said the medium to longer term outlook for the sector was “relatively...

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  • Three year track record: Smith & Williamson Artificial Intelligence

    1 April 2020

    As part of her ongoing series for Professional Paraplanner looking at funds which have recently obtained a three year track record, Juliet Schooling Latter, research director, FundCalibre looks at the Smith & Williamson Artificial Intelligence fund.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest investment opportunities of the 21st century and the numbers behind it are staggering. According...

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  • China’s C-19 recovery offers ‘cautious optimism’

    31 March 2020

    A rise in consumer demand across China should offer investors a dose of “cautious optimism”, says Fidelity International. More than half of restaurants and 80% of retailers have re-opened across China’s largest cities, after a long closure to halt the spread of Coronavirus, in what marks the beginning of the recovery in the world’s...

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  • Three-year track record: Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust

    31 March 2020

    Juliet Schooling Latter, research director, FundCalibre, continues her series of articles for Professional Paraplanner with look another Polar Capital investment, but the time and investment trust. Back in June 2017, the shareholders of Polar Capital Global Healthcare Growth and Income Trust were asked to vote on a number of matters, but two of great significance: firstly, whether or not to extend...

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