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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: The Co-op’s treatment of it bondholders is nothing short of shabby

Outlook: The Co-op has a new chief executive and a new team but it hasn’t changed the way it acts

Co-op bondholders demand talks on bank's £1.5bn bail-in plan

The largest group of Co-op Bank bondholders are asking the troubled bank's board to engage with it over a new £1.5 billion bail-in plan it has produced.

Manufacturers’ order books hit highest levels in 20 years

British manufacturers’ order books expanded at the fastest rate in two decades in August on the back of robust domestic demand, according to the latest snapshot of the sector.

The Co-op bank reported a loss of £674m for 2012

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Savvy Money: If a company says 'the name's bond', be on your guard

Buying a firm's debt may not be a path to safe, steady returns. In fact, you could lose everything

Cautious optimism as US economic growth exceeds expectations

Travel on the road to recovery seen as modest but significant while Fed opts to stay the course on bond programme – for now

Simon Read: Premium bonds rate cut leaves slim hope of jackpot

An estimated 22 million people hold Premium Bonds. That's around a third of the country. But why do they remain so popular?

A worker counts one pound denomination premium bonds at a Post Office distribution centre in 1956

Harold Macmillan's Premium Bonds plan survives another cut

As Premium Bond prizes are reduced yet further below inflation, Simon Read asks why they remain so enduringly popular

Anthony Hilton: Bond’s backing for new adoption scheme could help children find a home

One of the most exciting innovations of recent times has been the development of social-impact bonds. These are loans raised in the markets or from private investors where the money is invested to finance and improve the social outcomes delivered by publicly funded services and the return on the bonds is linked to the success of the venture.

Mark Dampier: Don't write off bond exposure just yet

It is still difficult to see interest rates in the UK rising before the next general election.

Satyajit Das: Trapped central banks and the semiotics of monetary policy

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has introduced the term ‘taper’ to the lexicon of central banking. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s stated strategy is “whatever it takes”. Economic Commissioner Olli Rehn recently clarified that European policies were directed at ‘diluting’ not ‘breaking’ the link between banks and sovereigns.

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