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Commodities | News 18 Jan 18

US Government shutdown sees pound climb

The prospect of a US government shutdown has seen the pound climb to its highest level against the dollar since Brexit, while cryptocurrency Bitcoin continues to decline.

Best Practice | Analysis 18 Jan 18

Will inflation remain absent?

During almost a decade of experimental monetary policy from central banks, inflation has been notable by its absence across most economies. With monetary policy beginning to diverge and unemployment falling, will it rear its head again or has it peaked?

Best Practice | Analysis 17 Jan 18

The five most in-demand investment trusts

The UK’s Association of Investment Companies has revealed the five most searched investment trusts on its website in 2017.

Equities | Analysis 17 Jan 18

Blackrock: Active vs passive should be a thing of the past

The active versus passive debate could be history by 2025, according to Blackrock’s Joe Parkin.

Investment | 16 Jan 18

UK inflation falls for the first time since June

Having hit 3.1% in November, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate fell to 3% in December, prompting suggestions UK inflation may have peaked.

Companies | 16 Jan 18

How investors were fooled by the Carillion mirage

Carillion’s investment story, like other firms before it, ultimately evolved into something that sounded too good to be true. Its collapse on Monday raises many questions, namely, at the stage it was in before entering liquidation, who would have even wanted to own it?

Alternatives | 16 Jan 18

DeVere launches cryptocurrency app as Bitcoin hits 6-week low

Global independent financial advice firm deVere Group has added a cryptocurrency app to its suite of products to meet “soaring global demand”, despite lingering concerns about the viability and legitimacy of digital currencies.

Commodities | 15 Jan 18

Gold lining for natural resources funds

Natural resources delivered some dire results in 2017, in stark contrast with the success of the previous year, according to Morningstar analyst Fatima Khizou.

Companies | 15 Jan 18

ETFs drive record inflows at Blackrock

Blackrock has reported record high net inflows for 2017, with $367bn (£269bn, €301bn) for the full year and more than $103bn in the final quarter alone, driven in part by a strong performance by iShares.

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