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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

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Fund managers wary on European recovery

S&P Capital IQ’s Fund Research interviewed European fixed income fund managers in the last quarter of 2012 and found a belief that Germany could experience an economic slowdown driven by

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SocGen offers help to DIY investors

It includes “educational content” on the Societe Generale range of nearly 600 exchange traded products including exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes and listed structured products. A statement from the

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Majority of investors go DIY

The claim comes from Platforum, an independent research firm, which also found that Hargreaves Lansdown is in top spot for providing investors with easy to use tools to manage their

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Final salary pension schemes closing doors

Just 13% of final salary pensions were open to new joiners in 2012, a drop of a third from 19% in 2011, and the steepest fall since comparable data began

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Landlords facing obligatory energy efficiency bill

Research from the British Property Federation and Energy Saving Trust has shown that the cost of improving a typical F rated property to an E rating – which is likely

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Britain’s economy slumps again

The fall was mostly driven by a 1.8% drop in production industry output in the fourth quarter 2012 from the third following a 0.7% boost over the previous quarter. There