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Oil price could hit $147 a barrel as unrest continues

The unrest in the world’s most important region for oil supply is certain to push prices higher. The 'Arab Spring' appears to be gaining strength across the Middle East.

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Reading the fine print – what to look out for in your travel insurance policy

If you were asked to hand over your money first and find out what exactly it is that you paid for at a later date, my guess would be that most of us would run a mile.

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Sirens become shriller as the Greek economy nears the rocks

The Greek parliament passed new fiscal austerity measures at the weekend aimed at slashing the country’s debt to GDP levels to 120 per cent in 10 years.

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Is it time to back the banks again?

The banking sector has suffered more over the past five years than any other sector, falling by more than two thirds and underperforming the FTSE All Share by a considerable margin.

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UK put on alert amid further European sovereign downgrades

The downgrades are likely to have a marginal negative impact, even though most of the changes in Moody’s ratings and outlooks were expected.

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Thinking of proposing? Look before you leap

Love is in the air this month, and if St Valentine hasn’t spurred you into proposing, then you may find your other half takes the initiative from you and makes a leap year proposal on 29 February.

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Now is the time for investors to score in Brazil

Last year Brazil became the sixth largest economy in the world but since then, Brazil has been one of the poorest performers in share price terms. But is now the time to give Brazil another look?

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What's your appetite for risk?

Risk is the watchword of the financial services industry at present and will remain so for some time to come with good reason.

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Emerging markets should perform well in 2012

Equity prices in emerging markets fell 18 per cent last year, but rallied by 10 per cent in January – strongly in Brazil, India and Russia.

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