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Reforms set to drive Japanese stock market

Japan fund managers are bullish about the country’s prospects, believing reforms will drive the market. The Japanese stock market remains one of the cheapest stock markets in the world, according

Alternative Investments , News

Chart of the week: how overvalued is sterling?

Although the IMF this week concluded that sterling is overvalued Capital Economics does not believe the currency is set for a big fall. In its daily newsletter published on 31 July, Jack

Analysis , Small Caps

Europe view: don’t panic over Portugal

The summer months may be a period of rest for many of us, on the markets it is often a period that is characterised by increasing volatility. Liquidity is lower


Structured products deliver up to 5% returns

Capital ‘protected’ products and structured deposits distributed through the IFA market that matured in the second quarter of 2014 returned an average annualised gain of 4.99% over an average term


US luxury home values eclipse Europe and Asia

Prime residential prices across the cities in the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index rose by 6.2% on average in the year to June 2014. Luxury homes in key US cities

Funds , News

Record sales for UK equity income funds in June

Equity has been recorded as the best-selling asset class for the fifteenth consecutive month, with net retail sales of £1.2 billion, according to the Investment Management Association (IMA). Property was

Funds , News

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plans 44th annual dividend increase

At its interim results today, Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (the company) confirmed its intention to increase its dividend for the forty-fourth consecutive year. The company plans to provide investors

Analysis , Viewpoint

Protecting £1.25m pension funds from extra tax

From next month it will be possible for those with pension savings in excess of £1,250,000 to register for individual protection. Anyone with £1,250,000 of pension funds as at 5


Investors warned to expect poor returns as profits are hit

UK companies issued 137 profit warnings in the first six months of 2014 – up 9% on the same period last year and the highest first half total since 2011

Analysis , Funds , Small Caps

Anthony Bolton’s successor on investing in China

Dale Nicholls isn’t yet famous but, as the man who has replaced Anthony Bolton as head of The Fidelity China Special Situations investment trust, he could soon be if he