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Tax boost for savvy savers

11 April 2016 10:09

Savers have been handed some much-needed support at the start of the new tax year, but the number of government…

Your home insurance holds the key to property disputes

8 April 2016 9:20

Rising house prices and a lack of properties has prompted many homeowners to improve rather than move. And who can blame them?…

Reckless conservatism: don’t blow your fortune in cash

7 April 2016 10:16

Savers are wasting a fortune by keeping their money in cash only. They may as well be burying the £735…

Housing

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

6 April 2016 10:16

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control. Research by Savills…

Flood Re: help for homeowners in flood-stricken areas

5 April 2016 9:55

If you’re not familiar with the nuances of the insurance industry (and quite frankly, who is?), then the name Flood…

Could you be an ISA millionaire? Not likely

4 April 2016 9:02

‘Become an ISA millionaire in 24 years’, the press release breathlessly announced. A millionaire? In 24 years? Yes please. In…

PPI scandal rumbles on as bank complaints hint at next big scandal

1 April 2016 10:07

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. According to the latest figures from the city watchdog, the number of complaints…

Birmingham emerges as the UK’s ‘crash for cash’ capital

31 March 2016 10:12

Birmingham, home of Cadbury, the X-ray and state education, has just scooped another accolade. Today it has emerged as the…

Housing

More misery for landlords

30 March 2016 10:08

The news for landlords seems to keep getting worse. Following a clampdown on tax relief and a huge hike in…

A common sense approach to pensions

29 March 2016 10:21

When the government implemented radical new pension freedoms a year ago, it was the most fundamental reform to the system…

The bank of grandma and grandad is ring-fencing its cash

24 March 2016 10:13

Do you trust your grown-up children with money? Apparently a lot of us don’t. More than half of the grandparents…

Poisonous pensions: why we will work until we drop

23 March 2016 9:52

No-one in their right mind would have willingly created the monster that is now the country’s current pension system. It…

The government has tied itself in knots about what it does and doesn't want energy suppliers to do. Picture: Getty

Spring is in the air but energy bills still set to rise

22 March 2016 10:31

It’s officially Spring, bringing it with the prospect of sunshine, longer days and warmer weather. So you could be forgiven…

LISA: is George Osborne’s new savings initiative worth flirting with?

18 March 2016 9:41

Chancellors of the Exchequer love to play God. But the hardest lesson they have to learn is that the most…

Budget 2016: the winners and the losers

17 March 2016 10:12

Was it good for you? George Osborne’s 2016 Budget, delivered to a packed House of Commons on Wednesday, has drawn…

Budget 2016: what it means for your personal finances

16 March 2016 14:54

So, what did the Chancellor have up his sleeve? And how does it affect you and your money? Here is…

What will be in the 2016 Budget?

16 March 2016 9:37

Fresh austerity measures, changes to income tax and the scrapping of a radical overhaul to the pensions system have dominated the headlines ahead…

Paying for financial advice – with your pension

15 March 2016 9:21

You could soon be able to dip into your pension in order to pay for financial advice – so long…

Budget blues: who will be the biggest losers?

14 March 2016 9:25

A song is buzzing around my head. ‘It’s the same the whole world over: It’s the poor what gets the…

Pay packets, profits and promotions

11 March 2016 9:09

I usually take a stern view of corporate pay packets that are out of line with profits and shareholder value,…

The Budget: what to expect from the Chancellor

10 March 2016 9:19

What’s in next week’s budget? Not much, apparently. ‘Cabinet sources’ have been quoted saying that ‘George has been told not…

Sell the London Stock Exchange? OK, but not to the Germans

9 March 2016 12:11

The London Stock Exchange is no longer the red-hot crucible it once was, given the multifarious ways by which shares,…

Men earn £300,000 more than women over a lifetime. Call that equality?

8 March 2016 9:34

I haven’t taken much notice of International Women’s Day since I flirted with radical feminism as a student, ahem, quite…

Pensions: George Osborne loses his nerve

7 March 2016 9:24

Some have compared it to a farce worthy of Alan Ayckbourn, others have condemned it as a missed opportunity. Whatever…

Is a fairer financial future for savers on the cards?

4 March 2016 9:26

Associate business editor of The Independent James Moore laments the lot of savers locked in to poor value policies.