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It isn’t just your imagination: activist hedge funds do go after companies led by woman CEOs more often. Full story
If your aim is to spend 4 percent of your portfolio annually in retirement, the best advice is “I wouldn’t start from here”. Full story
Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies" are big money, virtually as big as Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland combined. Full story
The Trump administration’s vision of a rollback in banking regulation isn’t just dubious medicine for the economy, it will do shareholders no favors. Full story
Money has flowed into emerging-market bond funds for six straight months and global equity funds attracted another $10 billion last week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, as it gave its latest warning that the rally looks set to end. Full story
Active fund managers enjoyed a slight respite from the relentless rise of passive index-tracking this week, with the biggest inflow to active equity funds in two and a half years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists found on Friday. Full story
China’s all-powerful rulers are taking arguably needed steps to guard against financial risks which is exactly why investors should give the country a wide berth. Full story
Brokers specialising in researching mid-cap stocks are sharpening their focus and hiring rather than retreating ahead of sweeping regulatory changes that on the face of it could hurt their business. Full story
Threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea preceded the biggest equity outflows in 10 weeks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) data showed on Friday. Full story
Sterling fell to a five-week low on Tuesday after July inflation data undershot market expectations, dealing another blow to expectations of a rate increase in the coming months. Full story
Institutions do better than individuals at active fund management, but given that both come out losers the underlying message is that picking stocks and bonds is a game neither group should play. Full story
Healthcare stocks suffered their largest outflows in six months after U.S. attempts to repeal Obamacare crashed and burned, while appetite for tech stocks faded after a strong run, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data showed on Friday. Full story
Financial markets are in the grip of something very like a speculative mania, which may well be good reason not to expect a crash soon. Full story
If you invest in mutual funds, no matter where you live in the world, you are probably doing it wrong. Full story
Demand for long-dated bonds and the extra yield they offer has boomed over the past decade in an era of ultra-low interest rates. Yet now, even as central banks tighten policy, investors show little sign of retreating from the riskier debt. Full story
Investors may be entering the age of "stranded assets", and it very likely could be driven as much by technological change as by climate change. Full story
Not only are the chances of a UK recession rising, it may be the rare recession in which bond owners get badly beaten up. Full story
Confronting an economy in which falling unemployment is failing to kindle inflation, as the supposed laws of economics say it should, the European Central Bank counsels “patience, persistence and prudence.” Full story
That fund managers are rewarded for hugging the benchmarks they track is a big reason behind the otherwise puzzlingly mild reaction of financial markets to rising tensions and threats between nuclear powers the United States and North Korea. Full story
To understand secular stagnation, with its low inflation and low growth, look first at the growth of the information economy and the expansion of intangible assets. Full story
Other benefits like peace and a livable planet notwithstanding, the financial cost of socially responsible investing appears to be high. Full story
It may not happen soon but eventually the vogue for investing in “superstar firms” like Google, Facebook and Amazon will end in the fire of overvaluation or the ice of regulation. Full story
With equity indexes at all-time highs, global mutual fund and ETF investors may be choosing now as the time to reverse a long-running move into bonds and out of equities. Full story
The ECB's quantitative easing scheme expires at the end of the year and with the economy gaining strength, expectations are growing that the days of central bank bond-buying are numbered. Full story
Size does matter in fund management, and if you are an investor it is not helpful. Full story
Europe's markets watchdog ESMA has told credit rating agencies to publish their European sovereign ratings reports in a tighter window, between 9 pm and 11 pm on Friday London time, sources have told Reuters. Full story
 
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