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How to invest for the new pension freedoms

How to invest for the new pension freedoms

One of the biggest changes to the UK pension system takes place next Monday, as millions of savers will for the first time have total control over their pension pots. Hargreaves [...]

UK productivity at unprecedented post-war low

UK productivity at unprecedented post-war low

The lack of productivity in the UK workforce since 2007 is “unprecedented in the post-war period” official figures reveal. The figures were bad news for the UK economy, as labour [...]

Investors should brace themselves for a bumpy ride in the run up to the election

Investors should brace themselves for a bumpy ride in the run up to the election

Investors should prepare themselves for a rocky ride in the run-up to the election as conflicting economic reports leave the markets in a state of uncertainty, an expert has warned. [...]

Car insurance costs up £22 this year and poised for bigger rise

Car insurance costs up £22 this year and poised for bigger rise

The average car insurance premium has risen by an average of £21.90 year-on-year to £561.10 in February and prices are likely to rise further still the latest data shows. The [...]

The most popular stocks and funds for Isa investors

The most popular stocks and funds for Isa investors

As the end of the tax year nears, The Share Centre analyses the most popular stocks and funds currently held by investors in their Isas… Most popular stocks currently held [...]

UK economy grows faster than expected and confidence hits 12-year high

UK economy grows faster than expected and confidence hits 12-year high

The UK economy grew at a faster pace than previously thought in the final quarter of 2014, while consumer confidence reached a 12-year high this month, new figures reveal. Economists [...]

Cutting through the confusion: pension income options explained

Cutting through the confusion: pension income options explained

With just a few days to go until the pension freedoms start on April 6, many investors are still unclear about exactly how they can access their retirement savings. Hargreaves [...]

Up to 1.7 million people could face shock pensions tax bill

Up to 1.7 million people could face shock pensions tax bill

Millions of people who will have unfettered access to their pension fund from next week do not realise that any income they draw will be taxed. With just days to [...]

Customers with temporarily high bank balances to be protected

People who have large sums temporarily deposited in their bank accounts following property sales or for other reasons, will soon be protected if their bank goes bust. The Bank of [...]

A third of Isa investors do not know how their portfolio is performing

One in three Isa investors are unsure or have no idea how their portfolio has performed in the last 12 months, a new study has revealed. The research shows that [...]

British homeowners collectively estimated to have £433bn in savings despite the paltry rates on offer

More than 2,000 homeowners are stashing away an average of £16,286, according to research commissioned by specialist buy-to-let peer-to-peer platform Landbay. The findings of the analysis which was carried out [...]

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 [...]

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