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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.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 31 March 2012

Prudence in short supply at the Pru

US Federal Reserve hints at intervening to stoke recovery

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the recent reduction in unemployment in the world's largest economy may not be sustainable, reigniting hopes of central bank intervention to stoke the recovery.

Fed chief's warning on jobs lifts bonds hopes

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the recent reduction in unemployment in the world's largest economy may not be sustainable, reigniting hopes of central bank intervention to stoke the recovery.

Julian Knight: Savers should not ignore tax-free equities

Allow people to put all their individual savings account allowance into cash, says the Nationwide. At present people can put a maximum of 50 per cent of their allowance into cash; the rest has to go into equities or remain unused. Now, putting aside Nationwide's obvious self interest here, as one of the UK's biggest cash ISA providers, I have some sympathy for this idea.

Hamish McRae: Look for signals of a seismic change in bond markets

Economic Life: I think the big turning point will be something that occurs in the US

Mouse's First and Four are ready to roar

The latest of several defending champions to return at short odds this week contains within his own career ample reproof against the assumptions made in their favour. Four years ago, Sizing Europe started hot favourite for the Champion Hurdle and so well was he going on the home turn that his backers were counting their money. A few bewildering seconds later he had dropped out to last place.

Hamish McRae: A wider worry than Greece is the scale of public debt in richer places

Economic View: Greece has the worst of all worlds; no one in their right mind would buy its debt

The eurozone is a risky area for investors

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Our list of winners and losers could help you make the right choice for your investment.

Greece eyes bailout after debt deal

Greece has cleared a major hurdle in its race to avoid bankruptcy by persuading the vast majority of its private creditors to sign up to the biggest national debt writedown in history, paving the way for a second massive bailout.

Simon English: Schroders' board due for a shake-up

Outlook Back in the late 1990s, the distinguished fund management house Schroders suffered such a chronic period of duff stock-picking that unkind souls in the City dubbed the firm Skodas.

Punters miss the bull run

Private investors for the most part missed out on the great 2012 "bull run" in the stock market, fearing to be brave amid the economic uncertainty.

Worries over growth and Greek deal rock world markets

Share prices in London, France, Germany and Spain nosedive as jitters hit global dealing rooms

Helena Morrissey: Women don't need quotas to get to the top

The next big impetus will come from investors. We want better-run companies

The European Central Bank has cut its key interest rate

ECB loans £446bn to banks

The European Central Bank (ECB) has made £446 billion in low-interest loans to banks in the second round of a massive credit infusion that has been credited with easing the eurozone debt crisis.

Satyajit Das: They are all at it – but side effects of QE may turn out to be highly toxic

Midweek View: Inflation cuts the value of debt. It also induces consumer spending, as people accelerate purchases
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