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  • What else might the Government do in the next five years? 

    13 December 2019

    Boris Johnson has won a strong mandate to get on with his Brexit deal, sending sterling shooting higher. But what else will his government do in the next five years? Rathbones’ head of Asset Allocation Research Ed Smith considers the implications of General Election result for minimum wages, public spending and finances, Brexit, the economy and...

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  • Three sectors and funds/trusts that could benefit from the Election result

    13 December 2019

    Three sectors which may benefit from the result of the general Election, says Russ Mould, AJ Bell investment director, are General Retailers, Food Retailers and Travel and Leisure. Mould says: “A strong pound decreases the value of the overseas profits generated by the multinationals of the FTSE 100 once they are translated back into...

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  • Election result: What impact on investment?

    13 December 2019

    In reaction to the Conservatives winning the General Election and securing a majority Government, this morning sterling rallied strongly quickly achieving a 19-month high against the dollar and a three-year peak against the euro, while the FT250 rose 4% at market open. But Matthew Jennings, investment director, Fidelity International said this reflected the markets “breathing a...

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  • Corporate debt as serious risk to global financial stability

    12 December 2019

    Ballooning non-financial corporate debt could pose a serious risk to global financial stability, RWC Partners has warned.  According to Clark Fenton, portfolio manager, diversified returns, at RWC Partners, the market cycle has reached the ‘over-extended leverage’ phase, where both corporate and consumer debt is growing, with asset valuations high and defaults ticking up. Fenton...

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  • Best performing Investment Co sector in 2019 and 4 IT picks for 2020

    12 December 2019

    Technology and media was the best performing investment company sector over the past year, according to figures from the Association of Investment Companies, with the sector producing a return of 34% in the 12 months to 30 November, compared to the average investment company return of 14%. Growing interest in sustainable investment saw the environmental...

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  • Over 50s contribution to UK economy expected to grow

    10 December 2019

    The UK’s ageing population could add up to £47 billion to UK GDP a year by 2040, a report by the International Longevity Centre has revealed. According to its latest research, older people will be spending 63p in every pound spent in the UK economy by 2040, rising from 54p in 2018. Households headed...

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  • Hanging up the red braces – Justin Urquhart Stewart retires

    9 December 2019

    7IM co-founder Justin Urquhart Stewart has announced he is to retire and step down from his full-time position with the firm. However, 7IM said he will be taking on a new ambassadorial role from January 2020, in which he will continue to represent the firm both as an ambassador and adviser to the business. Urquhart Stewart...

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  • Investec launches Global Environment Fund 

    5 December 2019

    Investec has launched the Investec Global Environment Fund (OEIC) for UK retail investors to address their increasing focus on mitigating the risks of climate change. The fund is a sterling based, UK domiciled replica of the Luxembourg domiciled strategy which the asset manager launched earlier this year. It is run by portfolio managers Deirdre Cooper (pictured) and Graeme Baker with the...

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