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Government to relax annuity laws

The Treasury has announced that it will look at relaxing the law requiring everyone to buy an annuity by age 75. 

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BP shares rise as well is finally capped

Shares in beleaguered BP jumped more than 5 per cent after it successfully capped its ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BlackRock launches agriculture fund in the UK

BlackRock has launched an agriculture fund to take advantage of growing demand for foodstuffs as populations grow and the interest in biofuel rises. 

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Ocado reels as rival IPO fails

Oil and gas group Fairfield Energy last night pulled its upcoming stock market flotation in a move that further undermines the chances of online grocer Ocado floating at a sky-high valuation of £1 billion.

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Falling unemployment rate likely to be short-lived

The number of unemployed people in the UK has fallen by 34,000 to 2.47 million in the three months to May, although this is likely to be short-lived due to upcoming public sector cuts.

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Inflation dips to 3.2 per cent

The headline rate of inflation fell back further in June largely due to lower petrol and diesel prices. 
 

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Takeover talks mount at BP

All eyes are on embattled oil major BP as speculation mounts over a possible takeover attempt in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, which has now cost it $3.5 billion.

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The week ahead (12/07 - 16/07/10)

It might be reaching the height of summer, but the corporate calendar is still packing a few punches for investors.

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Final salary scheme members face pension cuts

The government is planning to change how private sector pensions are calculated so that all pension members will ‘share the pain’ of reduced payments in retirement.

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House prices slide again

House prices continued to fall in June wiping out earlier gains made this year. The average house price in the UK is now £166,203, around £2,500 less than the figure at the start of 2010.

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Interest rates held at 0.5 per cent

Interest rates were kept on hold once again in July despite high inflation proving to be a sticky issue for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
 

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Sipp charges fall by 11 per cent

Self-invested personal pension fees for most fund sizes have fallen by up to 11 per cent over the past three years.

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