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Keeping finances secret can be bad for your wealth (and health)

12 September 2016 11:31

How much do you know about your spouse? Hair colour, date of birth, where they grew up, what they do for…

Savers paying the price as the country meanders towards Brexit

9 September 2016 11:33

Oh to be a saver in a country currently run by Bank of England boss Mark Carney. Oh dear, indeed.…

House sellers must be realistic if they want to do a deal

8 September 2016 11:12

After a long summer of uncertainty following the Brexit vote, data is finally dribbling in. While some of it strikes…

The Archers. Credit: BBC

The Archers, financial abuse and THAT storyline

7 September 2016 12:23

Millions of us will be tuning in to The Archers this week to see if Helen is found guilty of…

‘Pulling a sickie’ doesn’t pay

6 September 2016 12:06

Ah, the time-honoured tradition of pulling a sickie. It’s as old as employment itself and us Brits have forged a…

Parents willing to pay tens of thousands more to live near a top school

5 September 2016 12:59

I have no recollection of my first day at school. I was four-years-old so it’s not surprising that I can’t dredge…

One month on, what the base rate cut means for you

2 September 2016 11:14

It’s a month since the Bank of England cut the base rate to 0.25 per cent, the lowest level in…

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences

1 September 2016 11:27

If a pal turned to you for financial help, would you lend a hand? If you have the cash it’s…

New pensions help may not reach those who need it most

31 August 2016 12:07

Pensions advice allowance. It’s not the sexiest of phrases but, if all goes to the Government’s plan, this new proposal…

What would you save from a fire? For many people, it’s their mobile phone

30 August 2016 11:49

We Brits love a good anniversary – and a round number. This year we’re celebrating, among other things, the bicentenary…

Cheer up, you’re better off than you think

26 August 2016 10:22

‘I’m not loaded, I’m just ordinary,’ protested a wealthy friend of mine, when another chum teased him about his money.…

Rule changes could scupper full state pension payouts

25 August 2016 12:30

Pensions: about as easy to understand as the theory of relativity. Successive governments have pledged to simplify and clarify the…

Never mind the gap, what about working women who decide not to have children?

24 August 2016 11:41

There’s nothing like the issue of the gender wage gap to get people going. Research published yesterday by the Institute…

Home-ownership is a healthy obsession, we just need to make it easier for people to buy

23 August 2016 10:53

When I was a child a woman visited our home every Friday night. My mother gave her money fresh from…

How to slay your investment returns: spend money on things you love

22 August 2016 12:12

When I moved to Manchester from London a few years back, I hummed and hawed over what to do with…

Savers braced for more turbulence and paltry returns

19 August 2016 11:32

As if things weren’t bad enough for savers, the months ahead are looking bleaker than ever. The repercussions of the…

Why I welcome the soaring costs of a holiday tipple

18 August 2016 10:49

I thought I’d be a pretty cheap date on holiday abroad this summer. I’ve abstained from all alcohol for the…

PANKs (Professional Aunt, No Kids) spend more than £350 a year on their nieces and nephews

17 August 2016 11:47

As acronyms go, it’s a good one. PANK. It stands for ‘Professional Aunt, No Kids’. I’m a fully paid-up member…

Is the sharing economy over already? Yes, if letting companies get their way

16 August 2016 11:04

Sitting on the lanai (balcony) sipping a beer, the wind gently rustling through the palm trees and my Hawaiian hosts’…

Are pensioners squandering their retirement cash? New data suggests not

15 August 2016 11:16

Statistics. Like so many things in life, it’s easy to bend facts and figures to support an argument or make…

Bank branch closures are destroying our communities

12 August 2016 10:14

We are fast approaching a time when massive tracts of this fine country of ours (greenfield, brownfield, urban, rural) will…

Nuisance neighbours sink UK house prices by £17,000

11 August 2016 11:04

How I long for a detached house with a drive – and, more importantly, no neighbours. My current abode is…

Tempted to turn on the heating? Think twice before reaching for the thermostat

10 August 2016 11:45

A post from a friend pops up on my Facebook page. ‘It’s August 9th and the winter tights are on.’…

Rising rental payments could precipitate another financial crisis

9 August 2016 11:25

The country is divided in many ways. High up on this list of divisions, perhaps even in the top five,…

Cost of living pressures continue to squeeze the over-60s

8 August 2016 11:42

When I was a cub reporter, writing for the paper of record at a time when the economy was booming…