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In case of emergency…hike up the price

18 May 2016 11:05

My phone rings. ‘Hi, it’s your editor here. We need an article in a hurry, it’s a bit of an…

I do…want to spend a fortune on my wedding

17 May 2016 10:23

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…to go deeply into debt. The wedding season is officially upon us and the…

Pets v children: financially speaking, it’s no contest

16 May 2016 10:49

There’s a whole swathe of wannabe parents buying pets to ‘practise on’, according to recent research. More than two million…

It’s not an Equitable Life, Henry

13 May 2016 11:28

When Equitable Life is no more – and it won’t be long before the death bell tolls – there will…

Don’t annoy your loved ones when you die: plan your funeral and make a will

12 May 2016 10:47

As your mourners assemble at the churchyard to say their final farewells, you want them to be thinking of you…

Generation doomerang: moving back in with mum and dad

11 May 2016 10:57

Am I a ‘doomeranger’? If a new survey is to be believed then, yes, that’s exactly what I am. In…

Mortgages that will never be repaid. Is this a return to the bad old days?

10 May 2016 9:46

When I was first getting on the housing ladder in the late nineties, the idea of taking out a mortgage…

Death and taxes: HM Revenue & Customs can’t even get that right

9 May 2016 10:33

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is unlikely to be your favourite government department. But you have to pity the poor bean counters.…

Act now to avoid the pensions time bomb

6 May 2016 9:45

One of the starkest trends in recessionary Britain is the ever expanding army of the self-employed. Among the staggering 4.4…

Taken for a ride by car finance

5 May 2016 10:23

It’s official. I’m a grown up. I have a baby on the way and my husband and I have just…

A wake-up call for women: act now or you will suffer in retirement

4 May 2016 10:00

Are women sleepwalking into a retirement nightmare? That’s the suggestion behind new research published by investment group Fidelity. It revealed…

Money digest: today’s need-to-know financial news

4 May 2016 8:57

Yesterday we reported that the ‘bank of mum and dad’ is now the equivalent of a top ten mortgage lender in…

Marathon mortgages you’ll be paying off for life

3 May 2016 9:59

When the baby-boomer generation bought their first homes they were typically in their twenties, took out a 25-year loan, and fully…

Intergenerational unfairness is creating a lost generation of young people

29 April 2016 11:02

Monday’s Work and Pensions Committee session on intergenerational fairness further ignited the debate about the hardships facing today’s younger generation.…

It’s time for British consumers to get real

28 April 2016 10:38

‘That’s Asda price’ is a thing of the past. The slogan’s long gone and so, it appears, is the retailer’s…

What you are telling us about the housing market

27 April 2016 10:35

Every month, some 1,500 households across the country tell us what they think has happened to the value of their…

How to close the gender pay gap

26 April 2016 11:19

Nearly half a century after Ford Dagenham women sewing machinists struck for equal pay, a new survey shows women are…

Are Shakespeare’s musings on money still relevant today?

25 April 2016 9:39

You may this weekend have attended one of hundreds of events around the country to celebrate the 400th anniversary of…

The future belongs to entrepreneurs

22 April 2016 18:25

‘Who thinks the UK is the best place in Europe to start a business?’ asked Spectator editor Fraser Nelson. Almost…

Children or a pension? The true cost to women who put their financial needs on hold

22 April 2016 10:24

More women than ever face old age in poverty after a report this week revealed that they were sacrificing their…

Record equity release figures mean we’re failing an ageing population

21 April 2016 10:14

The Equity Release Council is rubbing its hands with glee this morning. Its latest figures reveal £393.9 million was lent…

A brief respite for motorists

20 April 2016 9:50

Ah, the put-upon motorist. Fees to park outside your own house, potholes littering the streets, road tax, MOTs, and the…

It’s Mortgage Freedom Day. Time to celebrate?

19 April 2016 10:43

Mortgage Freedom Day. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Think about that for a second. Mortgage. Freedom.…

The savings rate tricks that shame banks and building societies

18 April 2016 10:05

Savers were hit with a double whammy of bad news last week. On Tuesday it was revealed that inflation had climbed…

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

15 April 2016 9:13

Over the past year you may have heard about a ‘war’ being waged against the buy-to-let market. This could not be further…