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Elections in France and Holland pose risk

While Italian bond yields have, until recently, remained surprisingly stable since the country’s landmark referendum in December, elections outside its borders in 2017 could intensify its existing economic problems if

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LGIM expands index fund range

The fund aims to provide growth by tracking the performance of the FTSE 250 ex. Investment Trust Index, which provides broad exposure to medium-sized UK listed companies ranging from household

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Fidelity reveals its most popular funds of 2016

The 10 most popular funds on the platforms highlight how investors were focused on two themes in 2016: geographical diversification and the search for income-yielding investments. With 2016 being punctuated

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BlackRock: Outlook for 2017 bond markets

2017 is shaping up to look a lot like 2016 – diverging regional economic paths, questioning of accepted policy tools, heightened political risk and general uncertainty. Volatility dominated markets throughout

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Vanguard cuts fees on passive LifeStrategy range

Passive funds have made tremendous inroads in recent years. Latest figures from the Investment Association show that passive funds now make up 13.4% of all funds under management, up from

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FOMO, JOMO and finding the next iPhone

Spending time with my young nieces and nephews over the Christmas break I was introduced to not one but two new acronyms: FOMO and JOMO. FOMO (or, fear of missing

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UK-focused income hunters will struggle this year

McEntegart, manager of the Kames Diversified Monthly Income Fund, said the prospects for UK–focused income-seekers were constrained by political and monetary headwinds, with better opportunities elsewhere. “It is clear to

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A global approach took centre stage in December

With the impending enactment of Article 50 drawing ever closer it’s unsurprising to see the prominence of funds with overseas investment opportunities in the December top traded fund list as

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2017 could be another positive year for the market

The FTSE 100 Index closed 2016 at an all-time high of 7,142 as the ‘Santa Rally’ which had happened before Christmas continued on to the New Year. 2016 was a

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Investors should take more credit risk in 2017

Phil Milburn and David Ennett, who co-manage the £1.1bn Kames High Yield Bond Fund, say that barring an inflation shock, this year should provide a fertile hunting ground for investors