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Stop! Why you shouldn’t access your pension cash in April

Stop! Why you shouldn’t access your pension cash in April

If you’re thinking of stripping cash out of your pension in April, hold your horses and wait for a better deal, says pension consultant Marcus Hurd.   From 6 April [...]

Regional house price gap widens to £350,000

Regional house price gap widens to £350,000

The property gaps has widened to £350,000 in some regions across England and Wales, according to figures from the Land Registry.   The difference between the most expensive and the [...]

Labour to slash pension lifetime allowance to £1m to fund tuition fees cut

Labour to slash pension lifetime allowance to £1m to fund tuition fees cut

Labour leader Ed Miliband has confirmed he plans to cut the lifetime and annual pension allowances to fund a tuition fee reduction if elected.   Rumours were circulating this morning [...]

City watchdog puts extra consumer protection in place ahead of pension freedom

City watchdog puts extra consumer protection in place ahead of pension freedom

The City watchdog has announced new consumer protection ahead of the pension freedoms to warn retirees about the risks of accessing their pensions.   The new flexibility that allows access [...]

Workers losing over £6,000 a year in unpaid overtime

Workers losing over £6,000 a year in unpaid overtime

Workers miss out on over £6,000 a year by working unpaid overtime, contributing an additional £32 billion to the economy.   Figures published by trade union TUC shows one in [...]

Osborne’s EU charge cut claims are false, say MPs

Osborne’s EU charge cut claims are false, say MPs

MPs have said chancellor George Osborne claim to have halved the amount of money handed to the European Union is false.   The Treasury Select Committee, which is led by [...]

The wait is over! Lloyds to resume dividend payout

The wait is over! Lloyds to resume dividend payout

Lloyds has announced it will resume dividend payments to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis.   The bailed-out bank, which is just under a quarter owned by [...]

IOU Ostriches: half of Britons may have damaged their credit score

IOU Ostriches: half of Britons may have damaged their credit score

Half of Britons may have ruined their credit history without realising as a nation of ‘IOU Ostriches’ fails to keep on top of their borrowing record.   A total 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 [...]

Currency volatility concerns suggests British American Tobacco is a ‘hold’

As British American Tobacco reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what this mean for investors… In its full-year results announced this [...]

Too many DIY investors are running high-risk portfolios

With the ISA deadline fast approaching, investors are looking closely at where they should put their money but Wealth Horizon has warned that too many DIY investors are taking on [...]

Eurozone fears dent investor confidence

Investors remain worried about the impact of eurozone woes, despite the FTSE 100 breaking its 1999 high of 6,930, a new study has found. The latest investor confidence research from [...]

Experts share their views on the Woodford Patient Capital Trust

Experts cast a professional eye over the prospectus for the launch of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust… Following this week’s publication of the prospectus for Neil Woodford’s latest offering, Fidelity and [...]

Why favour international over US equities?

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist explains the trends behind the fund group’s preferences for international over US equities, and within bonds, credit over long-term Treasuries and other rate-sensitive assets… [...]

How to appeal a penalty for a mistake on your tax return

Taxpayers who  made a mistake in their self-assessment tax return could face a penalty from HM Revenue and Customs for 15% of the tax understated. The Low Incomes Tax Reform [...]

Which investment companies are boosting dividends?

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) looks at five-year dividend growth rates to see which companies have made the most significant increases… The AIC’s calculations are based on dividend growth over the [...]

What Janet Yellen’s testimony and US interest rates mean for global investors

Investors globally can expect US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to move equities, fixed income and commodities markets. David Stubbs, global market strategist [...]

FTSE 100 within reach of new all-time high‏…

The December 1999 all-time high of the FTSE 100 when it hit 6,930 has become a major psychological barrier for investors in recent years writes Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA [...]

Almost 40% of Britons intend to use their ISA to fund retirement‏

The retirement ISA’, or ‘RISA’ is emerging as the preferred retirement savings vehicle of many Britons claims new research from fund manager BlackRock. The group’s latest Investor Pulse survey has [...]

FTSE is 50% cheaper than in 1999

The FTSE 100 is at a 15-year high, and is near its record closing level of 6,930 achieved on 30th December 1999, but if you look at the price to earnings [...]

How investors could generate a £40,000-per-year tax-free income

Investors can earn up to £40,000 per year tax-free by making use of legitimate allowances, a financial advisory firm has shown. In recent days the issue of tax avoidance by [...]

A postcard from India: What investors need to know

Following his recent trip to India to meet with companies, government officials and private sector analysts, Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders, shares his findings… There remains strong belief in the ability [...]

Are government bonds due a correction?

Stuart Edwards, fund manager of the Invesco Perpetual Global Bond Fund, discusses the challenges and opportunities that recent events could provide for investors… 2015 is already shaping up to be [...]

Chinese New Year and the outlook for Asian equities

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 19 February, Andrew Swan, manager of the BlackRock Asia fund, comments on the outlook for Asian equities… As China celebrates the year of the [...]

Bonds as volatile as equities asserts Miton fund manager

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range, explains why he has reduced exposure to bonds… One of our most strongly held views has been our “lower for longer” [...]

Pushy parents on the rise across the UK

British parents are coercing their children into taking part in certain extracurricular activities in a bid to improve their education and career prospects. New research from comparison site, Confused.com reveals [...]

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