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Losses narrow at Northern Rock

Losses at nationalised bank Northern Rock shrank to £257.4 million last year, as income levels picked up and bad loans lessened in the second half of the year.

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Coventry in merger talks with Stroud & Swindon

Coventry Building Society, the third biggest in the UK, is in the early stages of merger talks with smaller rival Stroud & Swindon.

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What type of investor are you?

Picking the top-performing funds can help deliver good returns on your individual savings account, but it's also important to build a balanced portfolio.

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Fund and Isa sales jump in January

Fund sales in January reached a record-breaking height of £1.8 billion, according to figures released by the Investment Management Association (IMA) today.

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Investors can't ignore controversial palm oil

Palm oil is a controversial subject for investors as the prospect of decent returns from this fast-growing area is offset by environmental concerns.

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Top ISA tips from the experts

With official figures showing Britain is finally out of recession, it may be tempting to think that investing will be an easier ride this year.

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Fears ease over double-dip recession

Fears that the UK is in for a double-dip recession receded somewhat on Wednesday, amid stronger data from key sectors of the economy.

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Smaller companies on the march

Ask any investment adviser to name a small companies specialist and the chances are they will nominate Gervais Williams.

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Bad weather reverses housing recovery

House prices fell back in February for the first time in 10 months, as poor weather deterred househunters.

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JPMorgan unveils UK's first Brazil investment trust

JPMorgan is launching a Brazil focused investment trust, saying the country is in a ‘stronger position than other highly cyclical emerging markets’.

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HSBC announces 24 per cent fall in profit

Banking giant HSBC saw its pre-tax profits tumble 24 per cent in 2009 despite record earnings at its investment banking arm.

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