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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: It's time for Punch Taverns to put up, shut up or blow-up

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.

Investment advice: Hold fire on emerging market debt

Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector

Satyajit Das: The financial markets still bear little relationship to the real economy

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

Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from a ‘stock picking robot’ scam have been ordered to pay back over £100,000.

Ben Bernanke prepares for Fed exit with upbeat assessment

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.

Mark Dampier: Britain's small-cap funds punched well above their weight this year

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.

Co-operative Bank loses customers after Paul Flowers scandal

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.

It's decision time for Co-op Bank bondholders

The 13,000 or so investors who hold retail bonds issued by the Co-operative Bank have an important decision to make next week.

Money alert: Co-operative Bank rescue plan

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.

Nick Goodway: No place to hide if stress levels are high

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."

Simon Read: How funding for lending slashes savers' returns

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.

Financial markets rocked by US shutdown fears and political crisis in Italy

Worries over economic impact of US budget deal hits stocks

Investment View: Get bonded with a different way to raise your returns

Naked Wines offers a whopping 10 per cent interest... or you can get paid in wine

Beleaguered Co-op in fresh black hole challenge

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.

Co-op Bank bondholders target their fury at City watchdogs

They want to know why board was let off the hook over banking arm

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