Student loans: the real cost could be £40,000 more than official estimates

A damning report has warned that the Government has severely underestimated the cost of funding a university degree with a student loan, the Telegraph reports. The analysis, compiled by RedSTART – an education arm of the consultancy firm Redington – claims the Government’s mathematicians have used “outdated” sums to calculate the size of repayments graduates […]

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Linehan backs M&A to drive US equities in 2015-02-19

T Rowe Price’s John Linehan has backed merger and acquisition activity to become a prominent theme driving the US market in 2015. The manager of the T Rowe Price US Large Cap Value Equity Fund said the backdrop of current equity valuations, healthy corporate balance sheets and buoyant cash reserves lent itself to an increase […]

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HY star Cohen: every reason to underweight Europe right now

European high yield bonds are overpriced and offer lower returns than their US counterparts, reports Citywire Global. Lou Cohen, manager of MacKay Shields, said most of the companies in Europe are operating in materially weaker markets than the US right now. On average, he thinks US bonds offer a much better credit quality, a higher […]

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Six ways to rethink your derisking plan in a volatile world

Around 40 years ago we experienced the 1970s oil shock, with rising oil prices, rising inflation and rising interest rates. Recently, the opposite has been true: oil prices fell by almost 50 per cent in 2014, inflation is falling and, particularly in Europe, low inflation is adding to growing fear of deflation taking hold. These […]

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High Yield Bonds Commentary: Happy to be bullish contrarians

Although people have been bullish on high-yield over the past few years, that sentiment has turned. Louis Cohen – senior managing director of Mackay Shields, which manages five fixed-income UCITs funds on behalf of Nordea Asset Management – would rather be contrarian. He contends that the market has been through numerous cycles, with many periods […]

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What Financial Education Do Your Children Need?

The Government has introduced financial education into the syllabus for children – but what can we be doing as individuals to make sure we are prepared for the future? Emma Wall interviews Freddie Ewer, Co-Founder of RedSTART, about financial education and the challenges it faces on the Morningstar series “Ask the Expert.”

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The most consistent Europe ex UK equity manager revealed

The question of UK involvement in Europe looks set to be a hot topic when the country goes to the polls in May. While London-listed firms have proven popular for many European equity investors, there are a considerable number who wish to focus efforts elsewhere. 108 fund managers currently operate in the Equity Europe Excluding […]

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IPE Views: Is there an alternative to alternatives?

In a world of investments dominated by equities and bonds, the category of “alternatives” offers great allure to portfolio investors seeking attractive returns and potentially both diversification and downside protection. It is a catchall label to help investors quickly categorise the universe of opportunities. However, the term also purveys a sense of mystery, additional complexity […]

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