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First edition of ‘The Hobbit’ sells for £137,000

Today, at  Sotheby’s in London, a first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ from 1937 sold for a new world record  price of £137,000, more than doubling its pre-sale estimate of

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FCA jails 5 for £4.3m land scam

In a case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Scott Crawley, Dale Walker, Daniel Forsyth, Brendan Daley, Aaron Petrou, Ross Peters, Adam Hawkins, and Ricky Mitchie have been convicted

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Which crowdfunders have real financial strength?

As more companies turn to crowdfunding to raise money to either launch or develop their businesses, financial ratings experts Company Watch examined the financial strength of some of the firms

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Premium Bond cap raised to £50,000

As from today, the amount savers can put into Premium Bonds has increased by £10,000 to £50,000. This follows the cap being raised from £30,000 12 months ago. While it

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CrowdLords is the first two-sided investment crowdfunding platform for the UK residential market.

CrowdLords is a uniquely different crowdfunding investment platform as they directly connect people who wish to build and manage a property portfolio or develop property (landlords or developers); with investors

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Most people won’t use banks for currency transactions

Given the latest forex scandal, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that most people don’t want to use banks for currency transfers. Still, according to a survey from the research

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Bond bubble: it’s time to take defensive action

Global bond markets have experienced nothing short of a rout in recent days, led initially by a spike in European yields, but with the aggressive re-pricing of bonds extending out

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Investors still keen on physical gold ETPs

Evidence appears to be mounting that investors are steadily coming back to physical gold ETPs as a hedge against increasingly volatile global markets. Global inflows into physical gold ETPs increased

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Pain is not over for commodities, warns Kames Capital

Investment manager Kames Capital has warned that investors should not be lulled into increasing their commodity exposure because of discounted valuations across commodities markets, as major headwinds are poised to

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Penny Black stamp is now 175 years old

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the world’s best known stamp: the Penny Black. With its launch on May 6, 1840 communications and commerce were transformed forever. Its significance as