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The General Election – six months on

On 7 May 2015, David Cameron and his Conservative Party were voted back into power with a majority vote. At the time, we expected that most would enjoy business as

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US rates likely to rise

New jobs rose by 271,000 in October, compared with 142,000 in September and above the 180,000 forecast by analysts. US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen made it clear this week that

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UK banks vulnerable to technology

Baillie Gifford’s joint senior partner and investment manager of the firm’s Global Alpha portfolios said he didn’t expect to invest in the big global banks as part of a long-term

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FTSE plays catch-up as Europe & US rise

October didn’t end particularly well, but November has started on a reasonably solid footing, with US and European exchanges putting on decent gains. London has lagged the pack but it

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Central banks stoke the fires

The action seen in the past 24 hours has been more than enough to make up for the sleepy atmosphere that prevailed in the first half of this week. Stock

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William Hill issues profit warning

The bookmaker saw operating costs drop by 39% compared with the same time last year. It also had an additional £23m in ‘new or increased rate’ UK gambling duties. “Q3

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UK dividends are poised for recovery

The UK stockmarket has always been a critical source of income and the dividend-paying culture of British companies has a long historical precedent. This culture is clearly underlined by London

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Markets move on ECB comments

Draghi’s comments came as the ECB left its interest rate changed at 0.05%. The ECB has embarked on a scheme of bond purchases at €60bn per month designed to bring

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Markets steady ahead of ECB

A steady battle of attrition continues in London, with the index still unable to establish a direction after four days of relentless grind. However, at least today we have a

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Mining sector brings down markets

Stock markets in Europe are trading lower this morning as a combination of sliding mineral stocks and disappointing corporate updates has eroded market confidence. There is a lack of macro-economic