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Fearing stock market rout, investors seek shelter in dependable dividends

LONDON (Reuters) – Defensive equity strategies focused on high payouts and steady earnings have gained in popularity this year as investors flock to safety, worried the biggest stock market rally in decades is about to come crashing down. Investors have Read more ›

Equity funds better off sticking with blue chips – BoE

LONDON (Reuters) – Equity funds that stick to blue-chip shares cope best with calls from investors for their money back, a senior Bank of England official said on Thursday as fallout from the suspension of top UK fund Woodford continued. Read more ›

UBS loses role in bond deal for Chinese firm on outcry over pig comment

HONG KONG (Reuters) – UBS has lost a lead role on a U.S. dollar bond deal for state-backed China Railway Construction Corp, just days after a Chinese outcry over a senior UBS economist’s use of “pig” in connection with Chinese Read more ›

Bank of England says it is watching mortgage price war ‘like a hawk’

LONDON (Reuters) – Regulators are watching a price war in mortgages “like a hawk” and may need to impose stricter minimum capital requirements on lenders, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A man walks Read more ›

MPs square up to regulator over duty of care for banks

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal duty for banks to act in the best interests of their customers may be needed, British lawmakers said on Monday, piling pressure on regulators to step up protection of consumers after a string of mis-selling Read more ›

Intu Properties, Cale Street in shopping centre joint venture

April 18 (Reuters) – British shopping centre operator Intu Properties Plc on Thursday said it would form a joint venture with Cale Street for the Intu derby shopping centre. Cale Street Investments, an investment firm backed by the Kuwait Investment Read more ›

UPDATE 1-Creditors approve Avianca Brasil plan as antitrust concerns loom

(Adds creditors’ vote results) By Marcelo Rochabrun SAO PAULO, April 5 (Reuters) – Creditors led by hedge fund Elliott Management approved on Friday a restructuring plan for bankrupt airline Avianca Brasil, hours after the country’s antitrust regulator announced preemptively that Read more ›

FCA to curtail investment platform exit fees

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial markets regulator on Thursday proposed a package of measures aimed at improving competition in the investment platforms market, including restricting the use of exit fees. It follows initial recommendations set out last July to help Read more ›

British banks’ new disputes service too limited, MPs say

LONDON (Reuters) – Big British banks have been criticised by lawmakers for pressing ahead with plans for a new complaints service for small firms wronged by lenders, which they argue is too soft. FILE PHOTO: The City of London from Read more ›

UK pay gap between CEOs and staff widens – lobby group

The earnings of Britain’s top bosses will match a typical worker’s entire annual salary even faster than last year, hitting the mark by Friday lunchtime, a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and High Pay Centre said. Read more ›