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Why Nick Clegg is wrong on pensioner benefits

Nick Clegg recently argued that we have to take pensioner benefits such as winter fuel payments away from wealthy pensioners.

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Same again for equities in 2013

Looking back at my expectations for 2012, I find that very little has changed over the past year that would affect the outlook for 2013.

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Fiscal cliff concerns mean buying opportunities

The risk that US politicians will drive off the fiscal cliff is remote. With the new landscape in Washington now clear, political expediency is likely to push the two parties towards a compromise.

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Reputation and regulation must be top of agenda

As an industry, investment management supplies a product that people all over the world need and will need increasingly if they are to make adequate provident provision for the future.

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First-time buyers need more choice

The lot of a potential first-time buyer is not always a happy one, and while the latest regional figures from the CML may attempt to put a positive spin on the number of individuals managing to get their foot onto the property

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Challenges and opportunities in 2013

Our base case scenario is that while a number of headwinds remain, economies and markets may surprise on the upside, especially in the US. In the last quarter of 2012, expectations have been so subdued, that the only way is up.
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Investing in the inevitable

No-one much likes thinking about getting older. But since it’s inevitable, understanding the investment implications is rewarding.
 

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Portfolio strategies could change in 2013

There are some signs that investors are beginning to turn bullish as 2012 draws to a close. Amid recent thin volume (some 55 per cent of the 90 day average), the FTSE has been climbing.

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Autumn Statement: more of the same

There were few surprises in this Autumn Statement, which simply represented a continuation of the existing strategy.

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