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Infrastructure promises high returns

Infrastructure could be the answer for investors looking for a high inflation-busting income.

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Record losses for BP as Tony Hayward leaves

Embattled BP chief executive Tony Hayward has announced he will step down after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill drove the group to report record losses in the second quarter. 

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Hayward set to leave as BP's costs rise

By CityAM

BP chief executive Tony Hayward is to quit the company, with the oil giant's board deciding today whether to announce his resignation tomorrow - when the group delivers second-quarter results - or wait until the Gulf of Mexico

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Coventry launches 3.7 per cent two-year bond

Coventry Building Society has launched a fixed-rate bond that pays 3.7 per cent before tax (2.96 per cent after), which runs until 31 August 2012 on £1 or more. The rate puts it among the best payers for this term. 

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£1 billion stuck in flop funds

More than £1.1 billion of investors’ money is tied up in funds that consistently rank in the bottom quartile of their sectors, with bad stockpicking decisions or high fees dragging down returns, according to Money Observer<

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The week ahead (26/07 - 30/07/10)

It's the battle of the oil titans this week as BP and Royal Dutch Shell go head to head with their second-quarter results. 

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Bank stress tests criticised for being 'too easy'

Analysts have criticised the European bank stress tests for being too easy after just seven of the 91 tested failed to make the grade.

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Economists wary despite GDP growth in UK

GDP growth soared in the second quarter but economists warn the recovery could soon run out of steam. 

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Payouts by FSCS top £200 million

The number of claims paid out by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme has doubled in the past year, with payment protection insurance and structured products making up a significant chunk of the payments. 

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Equitable Life savers to finally be compensated 'next year'

Equitable Life policyholders will find out how much money is in the government’s compensation scheme in three months time, with payments scheduled to begin in the middle of 2011.

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Average investment trust manager tenure is six years

Investors keen on stability should take a closer look at investment trusts where the average fund manager tenure is six years, according to research by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC).

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Footsie dividend yield still strong

Investors should not write off the UK stock market in their search for income, with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone and FirstGroup boasting high dividend yields and strong balance sheets, according to Killik & Co.

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