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.
Bonds And Funds
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Outlook Punch Taverns' heavyweight bout with its bondholders is rapidly drawing to a conclusion. After four rounds and 14 months, the company has basically told them that they either back down and allow it to fight another day or have management throw in the towel by calling in the receivers.
Saturday 11 January 2014
Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Das Capital: Politicians everywhere have proved reluctant to tackle much-needed reforms
Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from 'stock picking robot' scam ordered to pay back over £100,000
Monday 06 January 2014
Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from a ‘stock picking robot’ scam have been ordered to pay back over £100,000.
Friday 03 January 2014
The Federal Reserve remained committed to highly accommodative monetary policy despite having trimmed its bond-buying stimulus programme, Ben Bernanke said on Friday in what could be his last speech as Fed chairman.
Friday 20 December 2013
It's been a good year for stock markets. In particular, European and Japanese markets have made large gains. There is a lesson here for all investors: despite a poor economic backdrop, stock markets can perform well. This is often because much of the bad news is priced in and markets are focusing on improved corporate prospects. Similarly, it shows the most uncomfortable investment decisions often turn out to be correct.
Thursday 28 November 2013
The Co-operative Bank has admitted for the first time it is losing customers after a series of scandals including alleged drug-taking by former chairman Paul Flowers.
Friday 22 November 2013
The 13,000 or so investors who hold retail bonds issued by the Co-operative Bank have an important decision to make next week.
Friday 08 November 2013
The Co-operative Bank has issued details of its rescue plan which involves handing over around 70 per cent of the business to a number of institutional investors, including hedge funds.
Wednesday 02 October 2013
There is a key line in the stress test document. It reads: "Banks may face incentives to be overly optimistic about the impact of stress scenarios on their capital position [in order] to achieve a more favourable result in the stress test."
Tuesday 01 October 2013
There was fresh criticism of the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme on Monday after new figures revealed that the interest paid on popular fixed-rate bonds has plummeted.
Monday 30 September 2013
Worries over economic impact of US budget deal hits stocks
Friday 27 September 2013
Monday 23 September 2013
New concerns about the capital shortfall that led to the collapse of the Co-op Bank’s bid for 632 Lloyds branches emerged today following the publication of a letter from Britain’s leading Bank regulator.
Saturday 21 September 2013
They want to know why board was let off the hook over banking arm
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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