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Pension tax relief may prove to be a tricky detail arising from more powers for Scotland

Pension tax relief may prove to be a tricky detail arising from more powers for Scotland

It is still early days in the debate over extra powers for Scotland. But the implications of variations in income tax could be profound writes Mindful Money editor John Lappin. [...]

Right now it is cheaper to fly to Spain than take the Heathrow Express

Right now it is cheaper to fly to Spain than take the Heathrow Express

It is currently cheaper to fly to Madrid than take the Heathrow Express new research has claimed. According to an analysis from flightright.co.uk, a consumer portal for air passenger compensation, [...]

The falling oil price – good news for consumers, businesses and the economy

The falling oil price – good news for consumers, businesses and the economy

After remaining stubbornly high throughout the financial crisis, the price of oil has dropped by almost 30% in the past six months boosting hopes that its slide will help drive [...]

Britain’s annual household bills down by an average of £70 since last election

Britain’s annual household bills down by an average of £70 since last election

Britons are typically paying less on their bills than they did at the time of the General Election in May 2010, new research claims. The analysis from Comparethemarket.com found that [...]

Brokers tip pub group Marston’s as a ‘buy’

Brokers tip pub group Marston’s as a ‘buy’

Despite a dip in annual profits and a lacklustre share price performance brokers are tipping pub group Marston’s as a ‘buy’. This morning the FTSE 250 constituent, which has endured [...]

Named and shamed: The UK’s worst postcodes for drink and drug-driving offences

Named and shamed: The UK’s worst postcodes for drink and drug-driving offences

The Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells has been named and shamed as the area with the UK’s highest rate of drivers with drink or drug-driving convictions on their car insurance [...]

UK commercial property provides the top 12-month returns for investors

UK commercial property provides the top 12-month returns for investors

Of all the key asset classes UK Commercial Property has delivered the best investment returns over the past year according to a report from Lloyds. The latest Lloyds Bank Private [...]

Millions overcharged by faulty pre-pay gas meters

Millions overcharged by faulty pre-pay gas meters

Millions of customers have been overcharged by energy companies because of faulty gas meters, an industry body has admitted. Energy UK said that up to 1.5 million gas pre-payment meters [...]

Mindful Money’s new 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 [...]

Kames Capital’s CIO Stephen Jones: “Why interest rates will not rise in the UK next year”

Kames Capital’s chief investment officer Stephen Jones explains why he believes the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will leave the base rate at 0.5% throughout 2015 – despite [...]

Britons’ top financial stresses revealed…

When it comes to the financial issues that most stress Britons out, being embarrassed while out shopping because their card is declined or they can’t take out cash ranks highly. [...]

Axa Wealth to remove regular charges on platform in response to pension changes

Axa Wealth is set to it remove the regular charges on both its Pension Investment Account and drawdown services available via the Elevate platform. The charges will be removed for [...]

Schroders to launch fund for retirees using new pension freedoms

Schroders is launching a global multi-asset income fund  targeting investors who plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms being granted by the Government and who are seeking an [...]

Warning about council tax scammers

A Government agency has warned against  scams by companies offering to challenge your council tax band. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)  said it can be contacted to check or query [...]

Business lobby, the CBI, calls on Chancellor to focus more on infrastructure investment

Business lobby, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to focus on infrastructure investment, encouraging innovation and removing barriers to [...]

Brokers backing Prudential following strong market update

Given Prudential’s latest market update, brokers at The Share Centre are optimistic on the outlook for the life insurance giant and are tipping it as a ‘buy’. Following a strong [...]

Capricorns are most likely to buy a new car

Dealers looking to increase their new car sales in next year may well want to open their sales pitch by checking when customers celebrate their birthday. A recent survey by [...]

Gross mortgage lending jumps 8% year-on-year in October

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% on an annual basis to reach £19bn in October according to the latest estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The trade body’s latest [...]

Generalist VCTs dominate as trade body publishes the top 20 performers of the last decade

The Association of Investment Companies has published the statistics for the top 20 performing Venture Capital Trusts in the last ten years. The top 20 performers have paid out average [...]

Japan and Korea offer insight into the future‏ – comment from Ashmore

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why taking a look at Japan and Korea could help form a view about the future, with both countries offering great insight [...]

Britons set to splash more than £17bn on Christmas cheer

British festive expenditure is set to top £17bn this year with Britons expected to splash out an average of £383 per person claims new research from MoneySuperMarket. The comparison site [...]

A third of young drivers happy to lie if it means a cheaper deal on car insurance

A third of young drivers are happy to lie if it means getting a cheaper deal on their car insurance. Research from switching site, Gocompare.com found that 33% of UK [...]

The reorganisation of Royal Mail continues with asset stripping high on the agenda, but will staff be next?

Alastair McCaig, market commentator at IG Group discusses the outlook for Royal Mail ahead of its results on this week… On Wednesday 19 November, ahead of a busy Christmas period, [...]

The launch of China’s Stock Connect scheme – expert reactions

Today marks the opening of the first trading link between Shanghai and Hong Kong. The scheme dubbed, Stock Connect, gives China the ability to open up its equity capital market [...]

Government extending 24-hour visa service to attract more business to Britain

Downing Street has today unveiled plans to extend its 24-hour visa service in a bid to attract more investment in the UK. As the Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in [...]

Bank of England Inflation Report: “A cautious outlook”

Schroders European economist, Azad Zangana, comments on this week’s Bank of England Inflation Report… Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney delivered a cautious outlook when presenting the November Inflation Report [...]

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