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Nearly one in five annuity holders would consider giving up guaranteed income for a lump sum

Nearly one in five annuity holders would consider giving up guaranteed income for a lump sum

Nearly one in five annuity holders would consider cashing in their policy for a lump sum, a new study has found. In his recent Budget the Chancellor announced plans to [...]

Which? calls for action against unfair supermarket pricing tactics

Which? calls for action against unfair supermarket pricing tactics

The consumer group Which? has launched a super-complaint to demand action against supermarkets for misleading pricing practices. Over the last seven years Which? has consistently identified a range of misleading [...]

Car and home insurance prices fall, but increases expected

Car and home insurance prices fall, but increases expected

The cost of both motor and home insurance have dropped over the first three months of the year, but the AA warns that low premiums can’t last. The latest benchmark [...]

Would Lloyds bank sale echo Royal Mail IPO and encourage more first-time investors?

Would Lloyds bank sale echo Royal Mail IPO and encourage more first-time investors?

The sale of £4bn of Lloyds shares to the general public proposed by the Conservative party over the weekend, would be a positive move for private investors, as it will [...]

Forget period features and en-suite bathrooms. Homebuyers want fast broadband, a clear mobile signal and TV space

Forget period features and en-suite bathrooms. Homebuyers want fast broadband, a clear mobile signal and TV space

Warmth and security top the list of essentials house-hunters are looking for in a property these days, according to a new survey from Gocompare.com. In contrast good schools, en-suite bathrooms [...]

Woodford Patient Capital is officially the biggest UK investment trust launch

Woodford Patient Capital is officially the biggest UK investment trust launch

Woodford Patient Capital Trust is sitting comfortably at the top of the list of biggest UK investment trust launches. The investment trust, which will be managed by star manager Neil [...]

2015 set to see strongest dividend growth since 2012

2015 set to see strongest dividend growth since 2012

Despite poor headline figures shareholders payouts from UK firms have enjoyed a decent start to 2015 spurring on analysts to up their expectations for the year. According to the widely [...]

Asking prices for homes soar to new high of more than £286,000 during April

Asking prices for homes soar to new high of more than £286,000 during April

Rising demand for property coupled with a dearth of supply has pushed the typical asking price to a new high according to Rightmove. The UK’s largest property website claimed that [...]

The silver lining of slower growth

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist explains why low growth is not all bad news… Stocks struggle amid more signs of sluggish growth Stocks struggled last week amid more [...]

China stimulus rolled out as growth stalls

Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders, comments on the Chinese data announced over the weekend… “A data-heavy week in China was capped by a larger-than-expected 100 basis points (bps) [...]

Pension freedom: “Will it be a smooth ride or a train crash?”

So we have entered the brave new world of pension flexibility and freedoms. The question will be whether people will use those freedoms to enhance their retirement choices or just [...]

Unilever’s sales boost represents good news for investors

As Unilever provides a first quarter trading update, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… On Thursday consumer goods giant Unilever cheered [...]

Investors should prepare “to take advantage of the fallout” from US Federal Reserve’s inevitable rate rise

Investors should prepare a defensive portfolio and to be ready to take advantage of the imminent significant opportunities that will likely present themselves writes Tom Elliott international investment strategist at [...]

Growth prospects for China: what the latest GDP figures reveal

Craig Botham, emerging markets economist, shares his thoughts on today’s Chinese GDP figures… Chinese GDP grew 7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, in line with expectations, and slower [...]

Pensions – four things to consider before investing in property

Select Property Group discusses what to think about before investing pension money in property in this sponsored article. Landmark pension reforms came into effect this week, and those with a [...]

Is “manifesto week” ushering in the death of simple saving?‏

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing argues that the current scramble for votes is making personal finance a minefield of complexity… The recent direction of travel for pension [...]

Despite share price rally Royal Dutch Shell is a ‘buy’

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, highlights why he believes Royal Dutch Shell is worth investors’ attention… As the largest listed company in the UK, Royal Dutch [...]

As the pension freedoms go live, research shows savers are planning to retire later than they had hoped

More than two thirds of financial advisers have admitted that their clients are planning on retiring later, compared to just five years ago as a result of a pension saving [...]

Love it or hate it: Why Japan is like Marmite

Japan has been a bit like Marmite for investors since the start of Abenomics writes Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management… The ambitious suite of stimulative [...]

Never sell Shell? Hargreaves Lansdown says some funds may have to now

Royal Dutch Shell has announced a £47 billion merger deal with BG Group, which would make the combined company worth 9% of the FTSE 100, if it goes through. Hargreaves [...]

Shell £47bn BG deal will stretch balance sheet but should pay off strategically says Henderson

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy BG Group for £47bn, in the biggest oil and gas deal for 17 years. Here the experts share their views on what this [...]

Sponsor’s view – Pensions: 4 reasons why buy-to-let is such a strong investment choice

Select Property Group discusses the benefits of buy to let investing as a source of retirement income below. This month’s pension reforms are set to hand a generation of pensioners [...]

European and emerging markets rally, while US stocks struggle

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist takes a look at how world investment markets have fared over the past week… It was a mixed week in the world’s stock [...]

Seven per cent ask Hargreaves Lansdown about taking all their pension cash, but only out of a few hundred Bank holiday calls

Hargreaves Lansdown says that of the few hundred calls the firm received on bank holiday Monday about the pension freedom reforms some 7.7% are thinking of taking all their pension [...]

Russia’s better-than-anticipated economic growth figures fail to inspire confidence

Following the publication of the latest set of Russian GDP figures Schroders emerging markets economist Craig Botham explains what he expects for the troubled economy throughout the rest of 2015… The [...]

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 [...]

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