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18th November 2011 - News

Chemring profits warning

Shares in the military equipment maker fell sharply when it warned on profits because of an unexpected delay to a contract. The overall backdrop is one of reduced defence spending, as part of debt reduction in a number of countries. The ...

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17th November 2011 - News

Swap-based ETFs riskier than physical ETFs

Swap-based exchange traded funds (ETFs) use investor cash to create collateral. It offers the return earned from the collateral to a counterparty, in exchange for a payment equal to the return on the securities that it wishes to track. ...

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15th November 2011 - News

Dairy Crest and Land Securities results

Dairy Crest reported last Thursday a 9% increase in pre-tax profits for the 6 months to end September, with improved sales of cheese and spreads. Higher prices to farmers for milk put pressure on margins in the liquid milk business. Adjust ...

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9th November 2011 - News

Forgotten Equities

The results announced yesterday included interims from Babcock International and Vodafone, and final results from Associated British Foods. Babcock's pre-tax profits grew by 96% to £80m, and 15% when the effect of the acquisition ...

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7th November 2011 - News

Will annuity rates go up?

The question is, will annuity rates improve in the future? Would it be worth deferring annuity purchase, if you can afford to do so, or take income drawdown in the mean time? Annuity rates are determined by life expectancy and the inter ...

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