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Technology applied to financial services has rapidly been characterised by the popular 'fintech' buzzword.
Another raft of pensions reform is changing the industry as less cash is set to flow into the retirment schemes. Niche players should avoid the worst of the tax relief cull.
A high quality group of companies which have delivered exceptional returns over the last decade, investors have bid up the prices of stocks across the sector.
Rumoured bids for the sector's two biggest constituents has re-focused investors' attention on the brand strength, pricing power and robust free cash flow generation offered by the sector.
Lower fuel costs are driving airlines to buy more planes and increase capacity, but that's going to drive down ticket prices as passengers have more choice with whom to fly.
Momentum is building in the property market as a vibrant economy pushes valuations and rents higher. Investors may have to hunt for value as many stocks trade at a premium.
Sector share price rally likely to lose steam as oil price volatility returns.
The housebuilders look well placed thanks to strong market dynamics with the obstacle of political uncertainty associated with the election removed.
SME lenders ease the credit market crunch.
Quality packaging stocks are set for further growth as European economy recovers.
Regulation and costly legacy issues continue to burden big banks.
British American and Imperial Tobacco could be affected by US deal.
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|FTSE All Share||3,652.79||+0.48%|
|Paris CAC 40||5,082.61||+0.72%|
|Rolls Royce Holdings Plc||794.00||+5.94%|
|Lloyds Banking Group plc||83.20||-3.28%|
|InterContinental Hotels Group plc||2698.00||-1.64%|
|International Consolidated Airlines Group SA||534.00||-1.48%|