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Child Trust Fund transfers to Junior ISAs go live next week but where should you invest?

Child Trust Fund transfers to Junior ISAs go live next week but where should you invest?

Given that from Monday 6 April investors will be able to transfer their Child Trust Fund (CTF) to Junior ISA now might be a good time for parents to review [...]

The Far East is the stand-out region within Emerging Markets claims Fidelity – where to invest…

The Far East is the stand-out region within Emerging Markets claims Fidelity – where to invest…

The conventional wisdom today says that Emerging Markets are likely to struggle in the face of some stiff headwinds writes Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing… These include: [...]

Barclays and Lloyds top the City watchdog’s complaints list of shame for the second half of 2014

Barclays and Lloyds top the City watchdog’s complaints list of shame for the second half of 2014

Barclays and Lloyds Bank were the two most complained about financial services firms during the second half of last year according to the City watchdog. The latest complaints data published [...]

Share tips: Five European growth “gems” you may have missed

Share tips: Five European growth “gems” you may have missed

European equities have been in the sweet spot so far in 2015, with the asset class supported by a number of tailwinds – such as the falling euro, lower oil [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Kingfisher, Marks & Spencer & Booker

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Kingfisher, Marks & Spencer & Booker

Investors will be keen to hear how Kingfisher’s new boss plans to take the business forward when the B&Q owner publishes its full year results on Tuesday. Véronique Laury has [...]

Just over 10% of retirees expect to cash-in on the pension revolution

Just over 10% of retirees expect to cash-in on the pension revolution

Just 13% of those aged over 55 are intending to withdraw cash from their pension above the 25% tax-free allowance according to research from MGM Advantage. With just a week [...]

Don’t ignore the benefits of financial planning – at the start of the tax year…

Don’t ignore the benefits of financial planning – at the start of the tax year…

Too many people ignore the benefits of sensible financial planning at the start of each tax year writes Chase de Vere certified financial planner Patrick Connolly. Below he explains how [...]

Mortgages approvals climb for the third successive month to reach a six-month high in February claims Bank of England

Mortgages approvals climb for the third successive month to reach a six-month high in February claims Bank of England

Mortgage approvals ticked-up modestly for third month running in February to hit a six-month high according to new figures from the Bank of England. The data adds to growing evidence [...]

Royal London proposes “radical solution” to retirement income market failure

The Financial Conduct Authority’s final report on the Retirement Income Market demonstrates how far the regulator’s thinking has progressed since the announcement of freedom and choice in pensions one year [...]

Optimism continues to creep back into the UK housing market

Sentiment towards property is looking that bit brighter, with over a third of people believing that now is a good time to buy, according to research from the Building Societies [...]

Blog: Venture Capital Trust (VCT) investment: spot the connection

I have a confession to make.  One of my guilty secrets is that, from time to time, I get addicted to a particular TV quiz show writes Ian Sayers, chief [...]

An investor’s guide to peer to peer lending

The peer to peer lending market continues to grow, while increasingly offering wider ranges of loans and better protection for investors in the event of borrowers defaulting. Many thousands of [...]

Mindful Money’s Mortgage Calculators

Mindful Money has launched a range of mortgage tools so readers can now search online for the best deals. We’ve teamed up with London & Country, the UK’s leading fee [...]

China pushing hard for a more prominent role in the global financial system

Ashmore head of research Jan Dehn looks at why China is driving for an ever more prominent role in the global financial system… The support for its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiative [...]

Sainbury’s Bank extends 0% interest period on balance transfers

Sainsbury’s Bank has extended the 0% interest period on new customer balance transfers on three credit card offers. The Sainsbury’s Nectar Balance Transfer Credit Card now offers 0% interest on [...]

Cancer Research remains the top charity among Britons but few have embraced digital donating

The most popular charity to give to in 2014 was Cancer Research, which received donations from over half a million customers, according to the latest Halifax Giving Monitor. The top 10 [...]

Bond markets and currencies now “on a different path”

We have written extensively recently on moves in bond yields and currencies and general expectations of lower long term growth and inflation and, within that, economies and monetary policy that [...]

Comparethemarket offers two for one cinema tickets to existing and new customers

Comparethemarket.com has launched a new two for one cinema tickets reward scheme every Tuesday or Wednesday when they switch an insurance, energy, utilities or money products through the price comparison [...]

‘Patient’ does not mean ‘impatient’, or the Fed has blinked

Anna Stupnytska, global economist at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, looks at the latest rhetoric coming from the US Federal Reserve… While ‘patient’ was dropped at the March FOMC meeting as widely [...]

Tax expert gives her view of changes to entrepreneurs’ relief changes and more

Tina Riches, national tax partner at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group considers the tax implications of the Budget for businesses. Entrepreneurs’ relief: Contrived structures and changes [...]

Axa IM’s David Page gives an economist’s view on the Budget

David Page, senior economist at AXA Investment Managers shares his views on the 2015 Budget. “Budget 2015 saw the Chancellor juggle the opposing needs of balancing fiscal rectitude with voter-friendly [...]

Personal allowance increase will save taxpayers up to £200

The Chancellor has announced a further above-inflation boost to the personal allowance , which will mean a tax cut for 27 million people. In today’s Budget statement, George Osborne said [...]

House price rises may render Help to Buy Isa boost useless, critics warn

Experts have cast doubt on how useful the Chancellor’s  Help to Buy Isas will be for struggling first-time buyers. While many welcomed George Osborne’s promise to launch Help to Buy [...]

Cashing in an annuity could reduce its value by 30%, pension experts warn

A pension provider has warned that people cashing in their annuities could lose as much as 30% of the value. They say this means the proposal will not make sense [...]

Self-asessment tax returns to be scrapped

The Chancellor has announced that the requirement for self-employed workers to file an annual self-assessment tax return will be scrapped. In his Budget speech this afternoon, Chancellor George Osborne said [...]

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