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Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

Best Buys: Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years

21 April 2017 11:18

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years.

The UK housing market is in ‘neutral gear’

20 April 2017 12:42

Mortgage Freedom Day. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Just imagine: no mortgage. I wonder what that…

Is luck-based investing a fool’s gamble? Spectator Money investigates

20 April 2017 11:50

I used to like aphorisms. Maybe a little too much. In the good old days, I sought them out on…

Your rights if you’re one of the 50,000 passengers kicked off a plane each year

19 April 2017 10:00

United Airlines will be cursing the day someone had the bright idea of building cameras into mobile phones. Video clips…

Is it time to take a close look at the prime London property market? Spectator Money investigates

18 April 2017 10:00

‘It feels like 2010,’ was the verdict last week of one seasoned operator in the prime London property market. What…

Easter: how to enjoy the holiday weekend without breaking the bank

13 April 2017 11:58

Are you counting the hours until home time and a glorious four days without work? Join the club. Just think…

NS&I’s 2.2 per cent bond is the best of a bad bunch

13 April 2017 10:36

The government has made good on its Autumn Statement pledge to introduce a new ‘market-leading’ bond through National Savings &…

EDF hikes energy prices for second time this year

12 April 2017 12:15

I’m really tired of being ripped off. Whether it’s council tax hikes, parking charges or bus tickets (a ten minute…

Greedy landlords: nearly a third of deposit complaints won by tenants

12 April 2017 11:20

Let’s face it, us Brits have a dirty habit. We’re obsessed with property. We own much more of it than…

Is it madness to invest in cash? Spectator Money investigates

11 April 2017 11:52

Is it madness to invest in cash? The simple answer is yes, but as with anything to do with investing,…

Social media complainers get results: £65 million paid out in the past year

11 April 2017 11:26

Are you a social media complainer? Do you use the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to vent your spleen…

Drivers face massive fines for parking on the pavement

10 April 2017 15:42

My name is Helen Nugent and I am a pavement parker. This is not a hobby or something I set…

The joy of dividends

10 April 2017 10:28

There was no shortage of momentous events in 1997. It was 20 years ago that Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister…

Best Buys: 0 per cent Introductory Purchase Credit Cards

7 April 2017 11:11

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are 0 per cent Introductory Purchase Credit Cards.

Crackdown on rogue landlords comes into force

7 April 2017 10:49

If you’ve ever rented a property, chances are you’ve a horror story or two up your sleeve. I remember the…

High street firms shun government savings programme

6 April 2017 12:07

Poor LISA. She’s all dolled up, ready to make her entrance onto the national stage and nobody wants her. She’s…

What does the new tax year mean for your pocket?

6 April 2017 11:14

Today marks the start of the new 2017/18 tax year, and this month a long list of changes come into…

Frying high? Younger customers shun the great British chippy

5 April 2017 13:15

Chippy tea. Just writing those words makes me yearn for fish and chips, lathered in vinegar and dosed with salt.…

Everything you need to know about your ISA options for the new tax year

5 April 2017 11:38

It’s that time of year again when savers are repeatedly asked the same old questions: do you have an ISA,…

Mutuality pays – for building society bosses

4 April 2017 14:42

I have always had a soft spot for building societies. Maybe it’s because I worked for one in the 1980s…

Crackdown on catch-up energy bills: Ofgem loses its patience with energy providers

4 April 2017 11:51

Like many households, my electricity meter is not in a terribly accessible spot. Reaching said meter requires a short stepladder…

New rules aim to help people with persistent debt

3 April 2017 12:32

There’s no panacea for the nation’s credit card debt – but the Financial Conduct Authority is having a go at…

Bank branch closures make a mockery of customer service

3 April 2017 11:15

When it comes to bank branch closures, there are two schools of thought. One side isn’t bothered, pointing to the ubiquity…

House prices showing lowest pace of growth in two years

31 March 2017 11:58

Another day, another slew of house price data. But with Article 50 now triggered, recent Bank of England data showing…