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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.

New FTSE index would better reflect UK economy

A rival is planned for the FTSE 100 which critics say is dominated by multinationals
British shares are not necessarily a good bet

UK funds: A home win is not guaranteed

Be selective, warns Emma Dunkley

FTSE to track UK Plc firms

Canary Wharf group pitches plan for shares list of companies who predominately operate in Britain
A man watches protests against austerity in Lisbon, Portugal

Believe it or not, Europe could be a winner for investors

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James Moore: Aviva might want to show value to shareholders

Faced with the very real possibility of a Barclays-style blow-up at its AGM on Thursday, Aviva's chief executive, Andrew Moss, has taken the prudent course and declined an inflation-busting pay rise of nearly 5 per cent. Perhaps he, at least, sees the problem: notwithstanding the continuing questions about strategy (critics claim it doesn't have one), the shares have fallen off a cliff over the past couple of months.

James Moore: Aviva might want to demonstrate this tremendous value shareholders pay for

This sets a terrible example to the firms in which Aviva’s fund management arm invests

Goldman's O'Neill is tipped to join Bank governor race

In theory, the post of next Governor of the Bank of England won't even be advertised for several months.

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In theory the post of next Governor of the Bank of England won't even be advertised for several months.

Robert Jenkins: Basel II proved to be inadequate, so are the new rules really 'too severe'?

The pre-crisis Basel rules required less than 1 per cent of loss-absorbing capability for a mortgage with no money down

Spain raises new debt, but market fears remain

Spain cleared a hurdle in the capital markets yesterday as it successfully issued new debt at an auction. But analysts continued to warn that Madrid's borrowing costs remain too high to be sustainable.

Cytec snaps up Formula One composite maker

Umeco, the manufacturer behind the strong but light composite material used to build every Formula One car on the grid, was yesterday sold to a rival for £274m.

Fund managers remain optimistic about the outlook for the US

Lessons from the last decade of flop funds

With £9bn of UK cash stuck in 'dogs', it's vital investors do their homework, says Rob Griffin

US charges six Chinese citizens with insider trading

The US government froze the assets of six Chinese citizens and one company charged with trading on confidential information that a China-based pork processor, Zhongpin Inc, was about to go private.

£2.5m pay deal for head of Standard Life

The head of Standard Life received total salary, bonuses and share awards of about £2.5m last year, an increase of 30 per cent, even though the group's shares fell last year.

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