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Foreign markets can be tricky for active funds

thetimes.co.uk — Times Money has recently highlighted how actively managed funds are staging a big comeback, with most UK funds beating the FTSE 100 and all-share indices over both three and five years. However, this week we reveal that although active funds are doing well in the UK, they are struggling to beat their benchmark indices in the US, Europe, Japan and the rest of the Asia Pacific region.
Feb 01, 2015

We reveal that active funds are starting to beat the index in the UK, but not in the US, Europe or Asia thetim.es/1Dtzjpr

Michaela DePrince: from Sierra Leone to ballet stardom

thetimes.co.uk — By rights, Michaela DePrince should not be here. She should either be in Sierra Leone, where she was born, or she should be dead, a victim of the civil war that orphaned her. Instead, aged 20 she is a poised and articulate American citizen and a professional ballerina.

The Cool Hotel Guide: Haymarket Hotel, London SW1

thetimes.co.uk — Tactile furnishings, splashes of colour and a softly-lit pool, this is a hotel for special occasions in theatreland It's no secret that some hoteliers post positive comments about their own places on TripAdvisor. Yet with more than 315 million unique visitors looking up the website each month and writing many thousands of reviews, its prestigious annual awards are pretty rock solid.
Feb 01, 2015

TripAdvisor's best UK hotel... But does it live up to its rep? (Great pool & good bar with mean pisco sours) thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/art…

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Feb 01, 2015

Only the Tories are being honest about the deficit, says public (I'm not sure they are) thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/y… pic.twitter.com/RaxaAwIkrb

Deflation and rate rises are not the strange bedfellows they might seem

thetimes.co.uk — Everybody knows that inflation rises when prices rise. What may come as a surprise is that inflation can rise if prices stagnate. In fact, inflation can rise quite a lot even if prices fall. Unlikely as that may seem, it's simple maths. Inflation is a measure of the relative change in prices.

Why I hate my cat

thetimes.co.uk — 'I can see why Schrödinger put that cat in that box' One of the few absolute truths about the internet is that however angry, abusive and outright warlike things may get on Twitter, there is one thing everyone can agree on: cats.

Harry Kane at the double as Tottenham end the Tony Pulis honeymoon

thetimes.co.uk — West Bromwich Albion 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 Harry Kane fired home his 19th and 20th goals of the season as Tottenham cantered to victory at West Bromwich Albion. Kane scored twice after Christian Eriksen had given the visitors an early lead as Tottenham inflicted a first defeat on Tony Pulis since he arrived at West Brom at the start of January.

Andy Carroll: Brendan Rodgers was messing me about. I was angry

thetimes.co.uk — Exclusive Rory Smith meets Andy Carroll, who returns to Anfield today for the first time since the Liverpool manager sold him to West Ham Andy Carroll does not miss a beat.
Jan 31, 2015

Excellent interview by @RorySmithTimes with Andy Carroll on his bizarre relationship with Brendan Rodgers thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/foot… (£) #LFC

Jan 31, 2015

RT @RorySmithTimes: "I was angry. If the manager was treating me like that, there was no reason to be at #lfc." Andy Carroll opens up: thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/foot…

Rival camps tear apart Charles’s household

thetimes.co.uk — Prince Charles's court is so riven by backstabbing, in-fighting and turf wars that it is nicknamed Wolf Hall, according to a devastating new portrait. Rivalries between different factions reached such a pitch that they led to the collapse of a multimillion-pound deal to house his charities under one roof, a book on the Prince of Wales serialised in The Times today says.
Jan 31, 2015

UK chatterati tearing apart the prospect of the future King Charles again. (gets popcorn, settles in.) thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/ro…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @valentinelow: Backstabbing and intrigue in Charles's household. Exclusive in The Times, from new book by Catherine Mayer. thetim.es/169urvl

Jan 31, 2015

RT @valentinelow: Backstabbing and intrigue in Charles's household. Exclusive in The Times, from new book by Catherine Mayer. thetim.es/169urvl

Tough test awaits Rome-alone Ravel Morrison

thetimes.co.uk — It was love at first sight. From the moment Phil Brogan clapped eyes on Ravel Morrison, walking past a crowded training pitch on a half-term training camp on the outskirts of Manchester, he knew that he had seen something special. "It was so unusual for a kid of that age, the way he would just glide," Brogan recalled yesterday.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @OliverKayTimes: Rome Alone? Column in today's Times on why Ravel Morrison's "fresh start" in Italy sounds like a recipe for disaster thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/colu…

The Blair Pitch Project

thetimes.co.uk — Eight years after leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair's relationship with one of Africa's most controversial leaders must remain immersed in official secrecy. That is the considered view of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which has taken five times the statutory maximum of 20 days to respond to a freedom of information request on the subject from The Times.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @paintsandsings: .@Colvinius 'Former prime ministers have a responsibility to practise what they preach on questions of transparency' thetim.es/1zFUqYb

Jan 30, 2015

Times gets dubious knockback on freedom of info request on Tony Blair's relations with Rwanda's controversial Kagame thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/le…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @jonsnowC4: Murdoch hits back the only way he knows: Brilliant Times Editorial re Blair's 'relationship' with Rwanda's Kagame: thetim.es/1zFUqYb

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Banks: stop conmen preying on elderly

thetimes.co.uk — Many of our readers come from the sandwich generation, the group caught between children and ageing parents. Their responsibilities mean these busy midlifers are squeezed for time. However, they do possess considerable spending power, which means they are the consumers that major brands, including banks and other financial companies, want to attract.
Jan 31, 2015

The banks' treatment of elderly customers who are victims of phone fraud gangs. Why I'm not impressed thetimes.co.uk/tto/money/cons…

Britain must change its cruel hostage policy

thetimes.co.uk — The prime minister's stubborn stance on refusing to pay ransoms has left him looking isolated and behind the times There were few moments of hope to be had this week in the negotiation for the liberty of the Jordanian pilot and Japanese journalist held hostage by Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.
Feb 01, 2015

Britain must change its cruel hostage policy, says Anthony Loyd. thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @DJack_Journo: Britain’s stubborn stance on refusing to pay terrorist ransoms has left us looking isolated and behind the times thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Jan 31, 2015

Britain’s stubborn stance on refusing to pay terrorist ransoms has left us looking isolated and behind the times thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

The secret life of a corner shop

thetimes.co.uk — Exhausting, dispiriting and poorly paid - Sathnam Sanghera gets a job at Kent News in the heart of the Black Country I must, over the years, have passed Kent News in Upper Gornal hundreds of times, travelling between my parents' house in Wolverhampton and my brother's home in Dudley, and each time have thought the same thing: why don't they make more of an effort?
Jan 31, 2015

Glad it's still being read. There's a book! MT @HKesvani: Dad's reps keep sending articles abt corner shops @Sathnam thetimes.co.uk/tto/magazine/a…

Networking is dead, says best-connected man

thetimes.co.uk — They were words that would have sent a chill down the spines of consultants, social climbers and hobnobbers across the world. According to Rich Stromback, a man sometimes referred to as "Mr Davos" because of the large number of princes and Silicon Valley titans who attend his birthday parties, 99 per cent of all social networking events were an exercise in futility.

Time for Labour to become big spenders again

thetimes.co.uk — Even under Blair, the party stood for spending vast sums on public services. Calling for austerity now can only fail The wheel turns. Within the Labour party two tribes go back to war as "old" and "new" Labour split, spit and scratch.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @MatthewRhodes: Time for Labour to become big spenders again > interesting column by Matthew Parris today... thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Jan 31, 2015

Matthew Parris - "Labour can't win the election. But it can live to fight another day". tinyurl.com/n9vz5q6

Jan 31, 2015

Old or new Labour, the party has always stood for spending huge amounts of taxpayers’ cash - it can’t win thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Le Pen pulls ahead after terror attacks

thetimes.co.uk — Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's hard-right National Front, has pulled further ahead of President Hollande in the race for the next presidential election despite mishandling the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, two opinion polls show.

New unit revives spirit of Chindits and prepares for cyberwar

thetimes.co.uk — The army is reviving the spirit of the Chindits - a Second World War special forces unit that penetrated enemy lines in Burma - to bring the art of unconventional warfare into the 21st century. A new 77th Brigade will be created, comprising up to 2,000 soldiers skilled at using propaganda rather than bullets.
Jan 31, 2015

Here is my piece in @thetimes about the revived 77th Brigade, which last saw action in Ops Longcloth and Thursday: thetim.es/1BDDYTx

High-tech office block microchips its staff

thetimes.co.uk — Workers in a Swedish office block have been implanted with microchips that allow them to open security doors and operate photocopiers with a wave of the hand, as well as pay for their lunch at the on-site café.