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In 1990 interest rates were at 15 per cent. You didn't need to be brain of Britain to know that rates at that level were not going to last. It should be easy, therefore, to look at interest rates today – standing at 0.5 per cent – and see this must be the bottom of the interest rate cycle, with little chance of them remaining at record lows in the medium to long term.

Cineworld stands tall with a 4.5 per cent yield as well as strong earnings growth of 12 per cent a year

Mark Dampier: Slater’s investment mix gives balance

At the time of writing, the UK stock market, as measured by the FTSE All Share Index, has fallen around  7 per cent from the high it reached just a few weeks ago.

Eric Holt’s fund has bought bonds that are secured on private schools

Mark Dampier: They say the only way is down but some bonds are yielding to no one

Forecasters have called the top of the bond market on numerous occasions over the past two years, but gilts have resolutely not behaved in the way in which many bond fund managers expected. Today, 10-year gilts are yielding  1.9 per cent. Yields may have touched a low of 1.4 per cent last summer, but in reality they have settled in a tight trading range.

Having a giraffe: George Osborne

Mockney credentials: a primer in financial rhyming slang for George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne’s accent in Tuesday’s speech about welfare was roundly derided for its mockney burr.

State could end up with big QE profit

If interest rates stay low the Treasury could be in line for a £50bn windfall

Fine for rigging Libor helps push UBS £1.3bn into the red

The Swiss bank UBS lost Sfr1.9bn (£1.3bn) in the final quarter of 2012 after it was hit with £994m of fines for rigging Libor.

James Moore: Bankers and bosses in line for bonuses – whether they deserve them or not

Plus: Goldman Sachs’ sneaky move to beat the taxman, Raise your glasses in a toast to Greene King

Julian Knight: The sobering truth about the rush for retail bonds is enough to drive anyone to drink

Fancy owning your local pub? It's probably a secret desire of many Britons, particularly if it came with free drinks. And that's exactly what the people of Wrexham, a depressed north Wales town, are being offered through the Enterprise hub project sponsored by the Co-operative bank. Locals are being asked if they'd like shares in the Seven Stars pub at a cost of £100 a pop.

UK losing AAA rating 'not so bad'

Chancellor George Osborne's attempts to cling onto the nation's triple-A credit rating look doomed but the loss would be "symbolic, not catastrophic", the UK's biggest bank says.

UK downgrade looms 'but it could be a help'

Chancellor George Osborne's attempts to cling onto the nation's triple-A credit rating look doomed but the loss would be "symbolic, not catastrophic", the UK's biggest bank says.

Simon Read: As cash pours in, worries about safe haven grow

There's been an investor flight to safety in the past year with corporate bond funds in particular seen as a steady home for institutional and retail investors uncomfortable with some of the wild fluctuations we've experienced in equity markets.

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