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Investors should consider family affairs

Alec Letchfield, chief investment officer at Hansa Capital Partners which manages a range of different portfolios including the listed fund, Hansa Trust, believes that family connections ensure there is a full

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Smiths Group reports resilient results

General industrials company Smiths Group reported revenues down by 2% to £2,897m in full year results this morning. Contrastingly, operating profits rose by 1% and were in-line with market expectations.

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Playing Footsie with the Fed

The historical big event of last week which preoccupied the markets was a damp squib in the end with no change from the Federal Reserve Bank on US interest rates. 

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Markets slide yet again

It has been another dramatic day on the markets, which has seen the FTSE 100 Index sinking below 6,000 points yet again and commodity shares taking a particularly bloody pounding. Fears

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Finsbury Food Group revenue boost

Building on organic growth, investment and acquisitions have been transformational for bakery products group Finsbury Foods, which reported a strong set of full year results. Pre-tax profits rose 76% to

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What would UK-China links mean for investors?

“The Chancellor George Osborne has today announced plans to look at ways of linking the UK and Chinese stock markets. The intention would be to enable investors in both countries

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Cruise operator Carnival pleases investors

“Shares in cruise operator Carnival have strongly outperformed the market so far this year, according to good news shared by the company today. “A third quarter trading update showed net

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US interest rates: Will the Fed raise them this week?

Thursday evening this week sees the outcome from the two day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington which decides the future direction of interest rates. The focus on

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Why investors should not fear a US rate rise

The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meets next week to discuss monetary policy. After many months of hinting that they would like to finally move interest rates above emergency levels,

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Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.5%

“No big surprises that the Bank of England has chosen to hold fire on any kind of interest rate move, not least given that we are only one week away