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February 24th, 2010

The recently published Barclays Equity Gilt 2010 study seemed to turn everything we know about risk on its head. In revealing the 10-year real – that is, inflation-adjusted – return from various different asset classes, it showed equities have dipped … Continued

Growth – but not at any cost

February 18th, 2010

Last week’s eurozone growth statistics showed much of the continent remains mired in recession. Germany, having emerged from the downturn, now seems to be sliding back, showing no growth in the last three months of 2009. Elsewhere, the UK is … Continued

The Robin Hood Tax

February 10th, 2010

A tiny tax on bankers that would give billions to tackle poverty and climate change, here and abroad. It sounds complicated, but actually it isn’t. A tiny tax on bankers has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year … Continued

Greece is the word

February 8th, 2010

Markets were in retreat last week after a raft of uncomfortable economic news. The biggest issue was Greece’s potential default on its sovereign debt, but US jobless claims and the end of quantitative easing in the UK also played their … Continued

Corporate Bond Update

January 22nd, 2010

The average sterling corporate bond fund returned 16% in 2010 – not the kind of performance anyone would expect from the sector in normal circumstances, but corporate bonds had seen unprecedented falls. Furthermore, there were signs momentum was slowing, as … Continued

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