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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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Expect no Bank action following inflation rise

The rate of inflation in the UK continued its rise in January according to this week’s figures from the Office for National Statistics. The CPI measure rose to 1.8% which

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Interest rates stay on hold

In response to the Brexit vote the Bank cut interest rates to 0.25% and increased quantitative easing back in August 2016. In a meeting this morning, the Bank also updated

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UK GDP beats forecasts

Fourth quarter GDP rose 0.6%, higher than consensus expectations of 0.5%, and matching the 0.6% seen in both the previous two quarters. GDP for the whole of 2016 was 2.0%,

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2016 was best year for multi asset returns since 2009

In 2016 sterling-based investors enjoyed the best year for multi asset returns since 2009, the year of the initial bounce back from the financial crisis. A balanced multi asset fund

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Interest rate decision no surprise

The decision to keep interest rates on hold came as no surprise to many in the industry. Back in August the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) slashed its forecasts for growth

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Rising inflation creates positive backdrop for stocks

Better than expected economic data in the UK has seen gilt yields rise back to pre-Referendum levels, however rising government bond yields are not a UK-specific phenomenon. Bond yields have

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Interest rate cuts could be put on hold

Early estimates of GDP are often quite inaccurate but the 0.5% quarter on quarter increase will cause the Bank of England MPC to pause on any planned interest rate cuts.

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BHP’s approach to governance an encouraging sign

Nothing can make up for the fatal accident at Brazilian iron-ore mine jointly owned by BHP, however it is encouraging to see that the company has taken responsibility for the

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A wake up call for bond investors?

UK government bonds have sold off sharply following the post-Referendum panic. Recent reversals have seen 10 year bonds double in yield in just eight weeks to 1%. This was a