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It’s not grim up North: Manchester tops UK cities for house price growth

24 March 2017 12:45

‘Northern Powerhouse fires up house prices in Manchester’ shouts one headline. ‘Manchester is at the centre of Britain’s property boom’…

Best Buys: Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages

24 March 2017 10:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages.

Work till you drop: state pension age could be raised to 70

23 March 2017 11:44

There’s an episode of the TV political drama The West Wing which focuses on the raising of the retirement age.…

Last-minute tips to cut your tax bill

23 March 2017 10:52

The clock’s ticking to shield your savings and investments from the taxman for the 2016/17 tax year, which ends on…

Don’t let financial firms take you for a ride: shop around for the best deals

22 March 2017 13:12

Apathy. In a world where there are countless demands on our time, social media never sleeps and 24-hour news bombards…

Cheque please: cheques to be cleared within one working day

22 March 2017 11:58

There are many mysteries in life. Where did we come from? Why do I always forget to take my bag for…

UK inflation jumps to 2.3 per cent raising prospect of interest rate rise

21 March 2017 12:50

The economists were right. For months now, they have been warning that the Brexit vote and the subsequent fall in…

Should you say ‘I do’ to a pre-nup?

21 March 2017 11:58

‘I think pre-nups are brilliant,’ Catherine Zeta Jones told Vanity Fair back in 2000, shortly after marrying Hollywood royalty Michael…

Half the value of your home at risk from average care home stay

20 March 2017 12:34

Milestone birthdays have a tendency to get the mind racing. When I turned 40, I had a bit of a…

Fine wine overtakes classic cars as number one investment of passion

20 March 2017 11:29

‘Investments of passion,’ those objects of desire that are nice to own but will also hopefully rise in value. When…

Best Buys: Variable Rate Cash ISAs

17 March 2017 12:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Variable Rate Cash ISAs.

House prices now more than seven times income

17 March 2017 12:33

There are many things that beggar belief. The enduring popularity of Mrs Brown’s Boys for one. A continued appetite for…

The retreat on National Insurance will do little to bolster the confidence of the self-employed

16 March 2017 13:24

U-turn, flip-flop, whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Philip Hammond’s policy reversal…

How to get the best deal on your travel money

16 March 2017 11:45

It’s one month until Easter and if you’re planning to make the most of the long weekend or the school…

The new era of pension freedom is a boon to the Treasury

14 March 2017 11:10

Savers cashing in their pension pots has led to the government raking in almost twice the tax it estimated the…

The self-employed power Britain. Tax them more at your peril, Philip Hammond

13 March 2017 12:56

Claudio Ranieri will go down in footballing folklore as the individual who accomplished mission impossible by winning modest Leicester City the…

Best Buys: Unsecured Personal Loans

10 March 2017 11:01

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Unsecured Personal Loans.

Homeowners ‘earning’ more from their properties than their jobs

10 March 2017 10:28

It brings a whole new meaning to ‘working from home’. New research has revealed that homeowners in one in three…

Pity the Co-op: bank reports fifth consecutive year of losses

9 March 2017 12:44

If you’re a Manchester resident, you’ll be familiar with the all-singing, all-dancing, brand-spanking-new Co-op headquarters. In much the same way…

What the final Spring Budget means for your pocket

9 March 2017 11:30

With the Chancellor’s Budget moving to a single event from later this year, yesterday’s final Spring Budget went out with a muffled…

New £5 million fund to help mothers returning to work is long overdue

8 March 2017 12:38

There’s a lot happening today. It’s International Women’s Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, and we’re right in the…

Why your next car will cost you more: reforms mean higher costs for motorists

8 March 2017 11:46

The beginning of March marks the start of car buying season with drivers keen to snap up a motor with…

What can we expect to see in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget?

7 March 2017 12:59

After this week, the centrepiece of the financial year is being shunted to the Autumn. Good news, no doubt, for…

Housing

UK house price growth slows to its lowest pace since 2013

7 March 2017 11:34

As a nation, we obsess. We obsess about the weather, taxes, the state of the roads, death and the cost…

Think you’d better leave right now? Living with mum and dad

6 March 2017 12:52

It’s an increasingly familiar scenario: grown-up children moving out of rented accommodation and back into the family home as they…