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What’s driving bond yields?

The most important factor driving bond yields lower over the past few months has been the decline in the oil price. While lower oil prices can provide a stimulant to

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Farmland value grew by 15 per cent in 2014

The farmland market in England continued to set a blistering pace throughout 2014 with the average price of bare agricultural land ending the year at a record-breaking £7,925/acre, according to

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Silver price forecast to rise 37 per cent by end of 2016

Macroeconomic consultancy Capital Economics has forecast that silver will outperform gold, rising to a high of $25 an ounce by the end of 2016. In a note issued on January

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Beware the IFAs this March

On the basis that travelling with the herd can be dangerous for your financial health, news that a survey of IFAs has predicted a positive investment landscape this year should

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Chart of the week: US experiencing deflation

Albert Edwards, Societe Generale’s famously bearish global strategist, has put out a note in which he argues that “the US recovery is stalling and outright deflation is as big a

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Neil Woodford to launch small cap Investment Trust

Woodford Investment Management is to launch the Woodford Patient Capital Trust, an investment trust aiming to target an issue of £200 million, in mid-April. The Trust will invest in a

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FCA warns on crowdfunding promotions

In a document released this week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned that many promotions for investments via crowdfunding websites, including mini-bonds, provide insufficient warning of the risks to

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Interview with fund manager Rory Gillen

Rory Gillen founded GillenMarkets.com in 2009 and manages two funds for it. He recently authored a good book on investing, entitled 3 Steps to Investment Success. Here he answers questions

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The games people play

My mother taught me how to play Monopoly – the game – and the markets over 40 years past have taught me how to play Monopoly – the financial economy.

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3 multi-asset plays on Quantitative Easing

Talib Sheikh, fund manager of JPM Multi-Asset Income Fund has identified three assets plays to take advantage of Quantitative Easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB). Equities Sheikh explained: