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Cameron pledges to cut tax for “30 million people”

Tories promise to take more people out of 40p tax band and increase personal allowance to £12,500

Cameron pledges to cut tax for “30 million people”

David Cameron has promised to cut tax for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year’s election. In his Conservative Party conference speech, the Prime Minister said he would [...]

Customers urged to switch supplier as fixed energy deals end

Customers urged to switch supplier as fixed energy deals end

Households have been urged to check their energy bills as 12 fixed-rate tariffs are expiring at the end of the month, adding up to £205 to the cost of annual [...]

Borrowers with Northern Rock’s infamous 125% mortgages now punished with rates of up to 13%

Borrowers with Northern Rock’s infamous 125% mortgages now punished with rates of up to 13%

Borrowers who took out Northern Rock’s infamous mortgages of 125% before the credit crunch are now being punished with sky-high interest rates of up to 13%. The failed bank’s Together [...]

Nearly two thirds of Britons have no will as new rules come in

Nearly two thirds of Britons have no will as new rules come in

Nearly two thirds of Britons have no will, a new study has revealed, as rules on what happens  to those who die intestate change for the first time since 1925 [...]

Sainsbury’s ad blunder causes Twitter storm

Sainsbury’s ad blunder causes Twitter storm

Sainsbury’s has been caught out in an embarrassing blunder as a Twitter user spotted a poster in a store window which had been intended for staff eyes only. The poster called [...]

Mortgage price war continues

Mortgage price war continues

Mortgage lenders are jostling to keep on top of the best-buy tables as West Brom building society and Tesco Bank launch market-leading new deals. Tesco Bank has launched a five-year [...]

One in eight has been targeted by pension tricksters

One in eight has been targeted by pension tricksters

Fraudsters are targeting pension savers in alarming numbers as one in eight over-50s report that they have been approached by a firm that encouraged them to withdraw their retirement pot [...]

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

One in five payday loan borrowers is not told about the risks of extending the loan, Citizens Advice has warned. The charity said lenders have been slow to improve their [...]

DVLA website crashes as motorists try and renew car tax

Thousands of motorists were unable to renew their car tax earlier today as the DVLA website crashed under the new system which has scrapped paper discs. The BBC reported that [...]

Free iPad with your mortgage? Borrowers warned to look past gimmicks when choosing a home loan

Lloyds Bank is attempting to win new customers by offering a free iPad Mini to first-time buyers and home movers who take one of its mortgages. The bank is offering [...]

Parents look to royalty when it comes to kitting out their newborns

While mums and dads always want the best for their children, new figures released today show how far such aspirations reach with almost half of saying they have been influenced [...]

Three stock picks from F&C European Small Cap manager Sam Cosh

Sam Cosh, manager of the F&C European Small Cap Fund highlights three stocks he is currently finding attractive Profiting from pints The recent Scottish referendum has highlighted the strong patriotism [...]

Following the success of Alibaba’s listing‏, what’s next for IPOs?

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing, looks at the possibility of a surge in IPOs following the success of Alibaba’s listing… Bankers who sat on their hands during [...]

First time switchers could cut energy bills by a quarter

Britons could cut bills by a quarter by switching for the first time with households losing out by £323 a year by remaining with traditional energy supplier according to calculations [...]

Brokers tip plastic packaging supplier RPC as a ‘buy’

It may not be the most recognisable name on the stockmarket but brokers are tipping plastic packaging supplier RPC as a company to watch. The FTSE 250 listed firm, which [...]

UK retail sales edge up in August – helped by a dash for vacuum cleaners

UK retail sales volumes firmed by a solid if uninspired 0.4% month-on-month in August having been flat in July and edged up 0.1% in June official figures show. While last [...]

Retail investors should be wary of Alibaba hype if they have missed out on the ‘IPO pop’

Chris Beauchamp, Market Strategist at IG Group, discusses what to look out for in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO:  Alibaba’s IPO is finally upon us, and the hype and enthusiasm is still [...]

Asos shares fall further on profit warning

Shares in the online fashion retailer ASOS have fallen by 8.6 per cent today as the company posted a profit warning. It closed at 2,214p this afternoon after earlier warning [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

A third of Brits plan to stay invested in retirement

Around a third of UK adults are planning to use the stockmarket to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living in retirement. New research from retirement [...]

Just one week left to save the union

With one week to go today Azad Zangana, European economist at fund manager Schroders gives his latest economic insight into the Scottish Referendum… On the 18th of September, Scotland will decide [...]

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds and Isas

Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of fixed rate Isas and bonds with rates increasing by up to 0.25%. The two year fixed rate Isa rises to 2.00% [...]

The investment impact of more sanctions on Russia

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine and his view of the impact of more sanctions on Russia below. Pro-Russian separatist rebels [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Struggling households sell possessions to survive

One in ten households have resorted to selling their possessions in a bid to meet their housing costs, new figures from the housing charity Shelter reveal. Over three million households [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

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