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Equities hit highs and stoke valuation fears

In this week’s bulletin: Equities hit highs and stoke valuation fears Markets wait to see if Pfizer will drop AstraZeneca bid Investors hold more cash as risk appetite falters Bank will hold base rate despite housing boom Wild horses Bank…

Despite increases in residential property values, buy-to-let investors should be wary of rising interest rates

In this week’s bulletin: Western markets toiled again as the developing economies continue to rebound The continued sell-off of technology stocks drove markets lower in trading last week Despite increases in residential property values, buy-to-let investors should be wary of…

UK corporates make record quarterly dividend payment

In this week’s bulletin: Equities respond positively to central bank policy hints. Pfizer’s £63 billion move on AstraZeneca divides opinion. UK corporates make record quarterly dividend payments. New pension rules put focus on long-term dividend income. ‘Buds of May’ Uncertainty…

Business investment figures provide encouraging signs

In this week’s bulletin: US stocks hit record highs on soothing noises from the Federal Reserve, positive signals from China, and strong figures for domestic home sales. European stocks scale six-year highs as European Parliament elections provide a wake-up call…

Global dividend payments look positive

In this week’s bulletin: China’s slowing growth and Ukraine’s crisis unnerve global investors. Russians pull billions of dollars out of Western banks ahead of sanctions Global dividend payments look positive amid improved corporate earnings. The Budget promises few hand-outs with…

fifth anniversary of the 0.5% UK bank base rate

In this week’s bulletin: Market nerves heightened as Ukraine crisis deepens. German corporates offer strong investment opportunities. US economic data reflects the extent of America’s ‘big freeze’. The week brings the fifth anniversary of the 0.5% UK bank base rate.…

Inflation falls below target

In this week’s bulletin: The Fed’s confidence in the health of the US economy highlights continued support for further tapering of QE. The recent flurry of corporate activity suggests that confidence is returning to corporate boardrooms. Emerging markets offer up…

Severe winter explains poor US economic data but fans global market uncertainties

In this week’s report: Severe winter explains poor US economic data but fans global market uncertainties Corporate America’s capital expenditure remains weak while shareholders reap rewards UK commercial property revival set to continue in 2014 on wider UK economic recovery…

The volatility in emerging markets has spurred a switch out of equities into bonds.

In this week’s bulletin: Global equities sustained sharp losses amid the turmoil in emerging markets. Developing nation central banks raise interest rates to ease currency pressures. The volatility in emerging markets has spurred a switch out of equities into bonds.…

Mark Carney says “no immediate need to increase interest rates”

In this week’s bulletin: Argentina’s currency woes are felt across global financial centres. A sell-off of equities has followed concerns over emerging markets. The UK’s recovery is expected to spur dividend payments in 2014. Mark Carney says “no immediate need…