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When will interest rates rise?

Tom Stevenson, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International: “It seems the bank is reluctant to rock the economic recovery by hiking rates just yet and the Bank’s view

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UK plc defies the naysayers

Today’s services PMI reading makes it three for three on UK economic data this week. The British economy continues to defy expectations, although in each one signs of higher prices

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OPEC deal within sight

The FTSE is starting the day in rude health, as the rising chance of an OPEC output cut has driven energy firms into the green. Despite starting the day on

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Fewer bargains left in fashionable emerging markets

Global high yield managers have this year been able to enjoy a significant tailwind from their allocation to regions outside of the US and Europe. Emerging market corporate bonds have

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Showtime for the Bank of England

The fourth of August carries with it much weight in UK history, being the day Britain entered the First World War, but it may acquire a fresh significance as the

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Stocks weaken on wider risk-off trend

Fundamentally driven volatility is on the increase as we move into the business end of the week. Initial declines in crude, FTSE and dollar appear to be hesitating on the

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UK jobs boost to markets could prove fleeting

This week has seen markets trading largely flat, as the conviction seen last week appears to have waned given the questions arising from the BoE rate freeze. This week’s ECB

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Inflation pick up proves irrelevant

Today can be marked down as another day of hesitation, as the anticipation of Thursday’s ECB meeting, coupled with the overextended nature of the recent rally means we have seen

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ARM drags FTSE higher

There is no doubt that today’s big story has come courtesy of Softbank’s acquisition of ARM. On an otherwise unremarkable day, the incredible 43% premium being paid for ARM means

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FTSE: UK plc for sale

The FTSE 100 has been ‘strong-ARMed’ into positive territory this morning thanks to M&A activity, and without this the index would be just in negative territory. The weekend was dominated