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Euro yield contraction leaves investors little to play for

The latest salvo from the European Central Bank (ECB) to shore up the region’s economy has squeezed already paltry bond yields even harder, leaving fixed income investors with little to play for.

Beware the Alibaba hype

China’s Alibaba has stolen headlines as potentially one the largest initial public offerings (IPOs) in US history, but closer to home, new listing rules could boost broader Chinese equity markets.

Can the UK thrive in a flattening growth environment?

Can the UK power on in the light of a forecast from the CBI of flattening economic growth?

Does anyone care about political risk anymore?

Political risk for investors is about much more than just the geopolitical issues currently dominating the news agenda.

Supermarket slumps: food retailer stocks go bad in tough times

Tesco and Burger King would seem to have little in common on the surface.

Japan eyes second sales tax hike despite public backlash

Japan’s government is likely to push through a second consumption tax hike next year despite considerable public opposition, Capital Economics has claimed.

Emerging market rebound strongest in Asia

Emerging markets were able to look past global geopolitical issues in Ukraine and the Middle East and continue their rebound in July, with the MSCI Emerging Markets index up 2%.

Can the US market still go higher after trebling in five years?

Everyone loves significant market datapoints and we got two for the price of one in the US last week.

Does Italian apathy create an opportunity to invest?

With their country in a triple-dip recession, you can’t blame Italian investors for moving money out.

Falling inflation puts brakes on 2014 rate hike

Latest inflation figures have cast serious doubt on whether the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee will raise interest rates in the short term.

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Tesco, Japan and the rise of the central banker

 Libby Ashby and leading wealth managers scrutinise the food retail sector, Japan’s consumption tax hike and political risk in the markets.

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Colin McLean's mid-cap picks

The SVM director and fund manager on his pick of the UK mid-caps.

Profile: Psigma's Edinburgh boss on why he is in Scotland long term

Profile: Psigma's Edinburgh boss on why he is in Scotland long term

When Tim Wishart agreed to launch an Edinburgh office for Psigma he was not expecting to  head the company’s first overseas team

Profile: why Chris Wyllie joined Connor Broadley

Profile: why Chris Wyllie joined Connor Broadley

Professional footballers are not renowned for their financial acumen, but former Millwall player James Connor is an exception to the rule