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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.

James Moore: Savers should be careful before they start a bond journey with Eddie Stobart

Outlook So now along with the advent calendar, cut-out clock and toy lorry you can get an Eddie Stobart bond paying 5.5 per cent! That'll go down well in the haulier's souvenir shop. The launch of said bond, aimed directly at retail investors, is serendipitous: it came on the same day inflation figures provided a nasty shock with the consumer prices index at an unexpectedly high 2.7 per cent.

Anthony Hilton: How doing a good deed can add up to good business too

On Thursday I shared a stage with Sir Ronald Cohen, a man with a mission.

Pressure grows on Spain to opt for a bailout from ECB

Pressure continues to mount on Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, to request a bailout from the European Central Bank as the country strained to sell €4bn (£3.2bn) of debt.

Pressure grows on Spain to opt for a bailout

But Rajoy plays chicken with bond markets as he 'thinks he might get away with it'

Credit Suisse trader bailed on £1.8bn fraud charges

The former senior Credit Suisse trader who was this week arrested in London on fraud charges was granted bail in court yesterday, with his lawyer saying he would fight plans for his extradition to the US.

'Troika' in Lisbon amid fears Portugal could need a new bailout

Portugal faced fresh scrutiny from international lenders over its €78bn (£62bn) bailout yesterday amid mounting concerns that the nation could need "tens of billions" extra in funds.

Simon English: It doesn't really have to be the end of the world

Outlook From Reuters: "Germany easily sold €4bn of new, interest-free, two-year bonds on Wednesday, with investors edgy about European Central Bank plans to curb the debt crisis... Germany sold bonds with a zero coupon – meaning it pays no interest to the holder – for the second time this year, reflecting a fall in its borrowing costs to historic lows..."

A view of Old Trafford

American billionaire George Soros buys stake in Manchester United

Crashing out of Europe can mean very different things to different people. Manchester United's early exit last year from the Champions League spelled a big hit to revenue and pride. George Soros, in contrast, made his name, and perhaps a billion pounds, when his Quantum fund bet that Britain would have to leave the European Exchange-Rate Mechanism in 1992. The octogenarian financier has now turned his attention to the Premier League giants. That could help lift investor sentiment about the recently floated Red Devils.

Shares are risky, but corporate bonds may not be as safe as once thought

Fears for corporate bond investors

Corporate bond funds are on most investors shopping list. They are meant to be safer than shares, investing in some of the world's biggest companies and achieving a regular income stream. No wonder that in June more than £200m were ploughed into this type of fund.

Facebook was listed on the Nasdaq in New York on 18 May

Facebook shares hit new low as holders can ditch stock for first time

Facebook shares have sunk to fresh lows after early investors were allowed to ditch the stock for the first time since its flotation.

Canary Wharf landlord seals refinancing deal

The company behind the Docklands landlord Canary Wharf Group has sealed a refinancing deal which could pave the way for dividend payouts for its ordinary shareholders.

Client Service, By Shelby Tucker

Financial scams are nothing new. This exuberant satire dissects the art of fraud, 1960s style

InterContinental investors' £960m windfall

Investors in InterContinental Hotels, which is reeling from a price-fixing investigation, hope for better news this week with City analysts betting they may be on track for a $1.5bn (£960m) bonus.

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