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Bank of England maintains Bank Rate at 0.5%

The Committee also voted to maintain quantitative easing at £375 billion. Despite signs of recovery in the UK, market interest rates have risen sharply internationally and asset prices have been

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Invest in property without bricks and mortar

You had to go out and find a place, perhaps furnish it, find a tenant, collect the rent, maintain the property – all quite time consuming and risky. The risks

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Investors haul money out of gold

Gold has fallen to a new low and this morning’s price was $1203.25/oz, its lowest since August 2010. Trading briefly dipped below $1200/oz yesterday and price falls have been accompanied

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Doing well while doing good

“A big misconception about ethical investment is that you have to sacrifice performance in return for a clear conscience, when in fact the two can go hand-in-hand. “And although it’s

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How to save with gold

It was here that he expressed his fears over the havoc quantitative easing and its unwinding may wreak. He is, as everyone should be, acutely aware of what the money

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How to invest in UK fracking?

“Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is the process by which horizontal and vertical drilling combined with the injection of highly pressurised fluids can be applied to release oil and natural gas

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Investors warned on mini energy bond risk

Yesterday Australian firm CBD Energy announced the mini bond issue in an attempt to raise £7.5m primarily to fund solar and wind farm construction in the UK. The warning comes

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Peer-to-peer lending gaining popularity

A study by rebuildingsociety, a peer-to-business lending website that connects SME borrowers with individuals looking for better returns than those offered by savings accounts, suggests this equates to 12 million

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Taking the shine off volatility

“With all the weight of a plummeting gold bar, investors in the precious metal have found their portfolios taking a tumble recently. Since the start of the year gold prices

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Don’t be un-done by unregulated investments

Whilst there are many legitimate alternative investments which can deliver high returns, the alerts highlight the need for caution before investing. Here are four questions to ask yourself before you