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Call for planes, trains and cable funding

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Wall St dips but Shanghai hits 7-year high

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Benefit of active tilt to passive investing will be lost as more investors join in

Private equity aims for retail investors

Minimum investments could traditionally have exceeded $5m, excluding all but the wealthiest

Japan stock valuations echo 1980s peak

Valuation of shares on TSE main board return to late-1980s peak

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