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I have been thinking about dumping TEG, the environmental group, from the no pain, no gain portfolio. The shares, enlisted 30 months ago, have been a bitter disappointment. I don't think the price has ever been in the black; it is now around 5.5p compared with the 8p recruitment level.

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Courier fraudsters targeting vulnerable people has forced police to take action in bank branches

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Q. I bought credit card protection insurance from CPP about 20 years ago, but I cannot remember the details, including whether the insurance was sold directly by CPP or NatWest, my credit card issuer. I purchased the insurance as it provided cover for unauthorised transactions on my card and did not realise the bank provided this cover. Each year this insurance has been renewed automatically by CPP. I have now been notified by CPP that I may be entitled to compensation for mis-selling. I have been sent a claim form and told that if I qualify premiums since 2005 will be refunded. I do not understand why premiums before this are not taken into account. If I sign the claim form, it states I will have no further claim on CPP. ST, Essex.

Donald MacInnes: How Elvis Presley got paid an arm and a leg and Scotty Moore missed out

I heard a radio documentary about the legendary Scotty Moore - Elvis Presley's guitar player from 1954 until the King went to Hollywood to make crappy movies, rather than doing what the good Lord had intended him to do. Given that it was Moore's hillbilly picking that gave the early Presley recordings their delicious twang, you might imagine that Elvis rewarded his talented cohort with something other than crumbs from the table. Not so.

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Owners of iPhones and iPads have been warned their devices could be targeted by a hacker who is freezing iOS devices and demanding a ransom.

Mark Dampier: Focus on high-yielding giants of FTSE 100 is paying dividends

The potential to receive an attractive and growing income is likely to become increasingly important in the coming years as investors take advantage of new rules which allow them more flexibility over how they draw their pension. I therefore expect companies capable of paying a high and rising dividend, and funds seeking to invest in such companies, to become increasingly popular.

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Fidelity has announced that it is lowering the cost of index tracker investing by cutting charges across its equity index range.

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The consumer group Which? is calling on mobile providers to automatically unlock phones at the end of contracts and to sell them unlocked to pay-as-you-go users.

Derek Pain: A more demanding stock market has led to some surprises

Has the stock market taken a dislike to the no pain, no gain portfolio? The depressing way that perfectly reasonable results by some constituents have been greeted must at least raise the possibility that the City has become even more demanding.

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To celebrate the bank holiday, Smyths Toys Superstores is offering a 10 per cent discount on the latest marked price of its entire range of toys – for this weekend only. The offer is valid on all toys, trampolines, swings, bikes, scooters, pushchairs, and more.

Mark Dampier: Follow the fund manager who's ready to seize his opportunities

A common complaint from advocates of passive investing is that it is impossible to identify great active fund managers at the beginning of their career. This is a perfectly reasonable criticism and one I agree with. Wait a few years though and it is possible to start picking winners.

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