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  • The double-edged sword of longevity

    30 September 2018

    People are routinely underestimate how long they might live, creating a very real risk that they could outlive their retirement funds altogether, notes Rathbones’ head of sales support James Goward. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a long retirement, you could do worse than upping sticks to one of the world’s “Blue Zones”....

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  • How will the US dollar continue to influence asset markets?

    30 September 2018

    What has driven of the dollar’s strength this year, are the influences likely to persist and what are the potential implications for investment markets. Richard Larner, head of Research at Brooks Macdonald looks at the markets and takes a view. Growth strengthened in the US in the first half of the year, while economic...

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  • Ethical investing no longer trade-off between returns and principles

    25 September 2018

    While the take up of ethical funds remains low, the latest statistics have shown leading ethical indices outperformed their non-ethical peers over the past decade. Despite the retail ethical industry launching 34 years ago, data from the Investment Association show funds with ‘ethical’ mandates now total £16.7 billion of total assets under management, representing...

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  • North-South investment advice divide

    23 September 2018

    Investment behaviours vary from North to South of the country, according to new research by Aegon.   While official statistics have underlined a North-South divide when it comes to wealth and income, Aegon’s research also showed investment strategies were also linked to wealth. Advisers in the wealthier South were found to place a higher...

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  • Octopus announces fund raising for Titan VCT

    20 September 2018

    Octopus Investments has opened fundraising for its Octopus Titan venture capital trust, targeting £120 million. The latest fundraising for the company’s flagship VCT follows a record-breaking fundraise last year when Titan raised £200 million. The VCT offers investors access to a portfolio of over 65 smaller companies, with a specialism in tech-driven businesses in...

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  • High expectation for VCT fund raising in 2018

    18 September 2018

    Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fundraising is set to fare well this year with investors continuing to look for tax-efficient alternatives to traditional pension savings, according to Albion Capital. The firm expects this year’s fundraising to be as successful as last year’s, which was the second highest on record, in part thanks to growing awareness...

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  • What impact the escalation of the US vs China trade war?

    18 September 2018

    As the trade wars escalate, Keith Wade, Schroders chief economist, says he can see no sign of agreement between the US and China and assesses the macro impact.  The US has announced tariffs on another $200 billion of imports from China, citing ongoing concerns over the theft of technology and forced transfer of intellectual...

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  • Global financial system still vulnerable

    17 September 2018

    Ten years on from the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, Jens Hagendorff, professor of finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School,  warns that the global financial system remains vulnerable.  Hagendorff cites increasing bond spreads in Italy, jitters in emerging markets and the low market valuations of European banks as evidence of investors continuing...

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