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Heat is on: Phillips Idowu faces a battle to make London 2012 after injury
Phillips Idowu faces a race against time to save his Olympic dream after pulling out of the Aviva 2012 Trials. The triple jump star - one of Britain's best hopes for a gold medal - injured his foot on June 2 but last week coach Aston Moore reported ...
Should investors embrace the profits of sin?
The leading ethical bond fund - Aviva Investors Sustainable Corporate Bond fund - returned 52% over the past decade, whereas the best global bond fund - Investec Global Strategic Income - returned three times as much.
Spotlight on shareholder advice groups
Sir Martin Sorrell and his 60 per cent pay increase has been in the spotlight this week as the remuneration debate has escalated further amid growing unrest at “excessive” rewards for Britain's top bosses.
Cable plans binding votes on executive pay
The business secretary said he had been “greatly encouraged” by the so-called shareholder spring, which has seen rebellions by shareholders over pay at companies including Aviva, WPP and Barclays. Some pay policies had become “completely out of ...
Are hot metals copper-bottomed?
Gold has been the poster boy for the ongoing turmoil in the stockmarkets. Investors flocked to it in droves last year, with the price per troy ounce hitting an all-time high of $1,921 (�1,187) in September.
Social lending: A virtuous circle
Peer-to-peer lending has gained traction with savers and investors in recent years, helped by dire interest rates on offer at banks and building societies, as well as high inflation eroding real returns.
Icap chief's pay cut by 25%
The intervening months have brought a swell of unhappiness about executive pay, with large protest votes by investors in companies including Aviva and Barclays. ICAP's annual report for the latest financial year, published on Friday, awarded Mr Spencer ...
Capital preservation paramount for absolute return funds
For the first time, the Money Observer awards include an accolade for the best Absolute Return fund. These funds, which aim for a positive return every year rather than just trying to outperform a stockmarket index, have become increasingly popular in ...
Aviva apologises for protected rights pension gaffe
Aviva has apologised after the provider “lost” a client's pension following a transfer to a Sipp. Intelligent Pensions says it requested to transfer a customer's non-protected rights pension pot from an Aviva plan to a James Hay Sipp in 2008. The firm ...
A 300-strong human chain in memory of children
Over 300 people gathered at a community fundraising event in Derby to remember six children who died in a house fire in Derby. Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, 9, Jack, 8, Jessie, six and Jayden, 5 died in the Victory Road blaze on May 11th ...