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Equities outsell fixed income in Q4 2012

Global equity funds dominated UK and regional equity funds in 2012 with net retail sales of £4.1bn, compared with £3.3bn in 2011. Fixed income was the best selling asset class

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Hargreaves Lansdown leads FTSE surge

The investment company reported strong growth over the six months to 31 December 2012 with record revenue of £140.3m and profit before tax up 30% to £93.7m. It now has

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Nationwide offering top up “green” mortgages

Eligible improvements have to be non-structural and help boost a property’s energy efficiency but once signed off, borrowers can access loans at a 0.5% discount from Nationwide’s range of 2-year

News , Property , Viewpoint

RBS hit with £390m LIBOR fine

The UK Financial Services Authority agreed a £87.5m fine with the bank while the US regulator will receive $325m and the US Department of Justice will take $150m. The fines

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Families forced further into debt

Aviva’s latest Family Finances Report showed an annual rise of 7% in family borrowing has coincided with a 1% drop in their net monthly incomes. The typical family owed £11,101

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DIY investor platform cuts fees to £5 a month

The monthly fee provides access to rplan’s information, tools and guidance designed to help investors make better decisions and transact investments directly. The new charge came into effect on 1

Funds , News , Tax Efficient Investing

Snakes and ladders in China

“As I expected, the Chinese economy seems to have bottomed out in the third quarter of 2012, thanks to support from ongoing monetary easing,” he explained. “Recent signals such as

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First crowdfunder becomes FSA authorised

The authorisation makes Crowdcube the only regulated equity crowdfunding platform where investors can become direct shareholders in UK businesses. Crowdcube is a world leading innovator in the business finance sector

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With-profits funds likely to hoard bonuses

Patrick Connolly, certified financial planner at AWD Chase de Vere, believes despite 2012 equities, fixed interest and property investments seeing positive returns most with-profits funds are now paying little or

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Commercial rents to fall

The latest RICS UK commercial market survey suggests 22% more respondents expect rents to continue to fall rather than rise over the coming months. This comes amid the recent turmoil