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Big British local authority pensions step up hedge fund bets

LONDON From Essex binmen to Liverpool councillors, government pension schemes in England and Wales are investing more in hedge funds whose bets, sometimes dictated by algorithms, have included exotic holdings such as Puerto Rican debt.

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Investors wean themselves off oil as electric future beckons

LONDON European oil shares, having been for so long the dividend darlings of income funds, are losing their pulling power as investors take another look at the long term future of energy companies focused on fossil fuels.

Business, Market Analysis, 06 Dec 2017

L&G to sell life policies business to Swiss Re for 650 million pounds

LONDON Legal & General is to sell a closed savings business with 33 billion pounds in assets to Swiss Re for 650 million pounds to help fund areas of growth including annuities.

Business, 06 Dec 2017

Commentary: Goldilocks markets show 2017 was no year to be a bear

LONDON A year ago, the consensus view of the world economy and markets coming into 2017 was for a Goldilocks mix of strong growth, decent corporate profits, low volatility, a gradual drift higher in bond yields, and a continued "melt up" in stocks.

Earnings focus drives violent stock swings, creating opportunities

LONDON Shares reacted much more violently than usual to surprises in company results in the latest quarterly reporting season as investors put a laser-like focus on earnings, generously rewarding winners but mercilessly punishing laggards.

Business, Market Analysis, 05 Dec 2017

UK households turn downbeat about finances as Brexit weighs - BoE survey

LONDON More households in Britain expect a deterioration in their finances than an improvement for the first time in three years, with much of it linked to the Brexit vote in 2016, a survey published by the Bank of England showed.