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Emerging markets remain popular

The first month of the new tax year saw the top two spots in its most popular buys table occupied by Aberdeen Emerging Markets A Fund Acc and First State

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LV= overhauls critical illness plan

Alan Lakey, an IFA and protection expert at Highclere Financial, said the upgrade was “substantial” with 57 full or partial payment conditions plus total permanent disability and terminal illness. “This


Investing in Japan may well be overrated

The Index currently stands at less than 15,000 points, a staggering decline over a near 24 year period. I also point out over the years many financial commentators and investment


Natural resources can fuel Africa’s growth

The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa and the UN Development Programme. The continent’s economic outlook for 2013


A Japanese correction

The strong performance continued when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected in December 2012. However over the past week the Nikkei 225 has fallen over 2,100 points or 13%. This

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The benefits of income drawdown

So what exactly is it? Drawdown is basically the alternative, as you approach retirement, to taking an annuity. If you take an annuity your pension fund is effectively handed over

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Want to save more for your children?

It follows recent research by Legal & General Investments in which parents predicted that it would cost over £24,000 to support their children past the age of 18. The Guide


Central bank obsession leading to volatile markets

Investors are now parsing any central bank utterance for the slightest change in language or tone. Last week was a clear example of that process in action since the uptick

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Wealthy people regret haphazard approach to money

An international poll published today also suggested the second biggest financial regret was not consistently scrutinising personal investments, and the third was taking on too much unnecessary debt. When the


Equities are back in fashion

Fund net retail sales were over £2bn while equities were the best-selling asset class with net retail sales of £799m. UK equity income was the top-selling IMA sector at £139m