Do your homework on your children’s education costs

We all want our children to have the best in life and education is an integral part of this. We all know that schooling and university is costly, and as an expat, educating your children abroad can be even more expensive. Planning effectively and in the early years can not only ease the burden of […]

24 April 2015 by Jessica

Personal Finance

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Married couples and civil partnerships will benefit from new intestacy rules but cohabitees lose out

Married couples take larger slice in intestacy revamp You may have read about the intestacy laws in England & Wales changing recently. On 1 October, they got a revamp. But as anticipated, it is only married couples and civil partners who are set to see any benefit from the modifications. There are still no statutory […]

23 October 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Personal Finance

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Does the Bank really think this week's measures will be effective?

#Carneyge on house market The news from the Bank of England this week BANK OF ENGLAND FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE TO CAP BULK OF HIGH LOAN-TO-INCOME MORTGAGES AND TOUGHENS UNDERWRITING STANDARDS TO SET FROM OCTOBER LOAN TO INCOME RATIO AT 4.5 FOR 85 PCT OF NEW MORTGAGES TOUGHENS AFFORDABILITY TESTS FOR NEW HOME LOANS FROM THURSDAY […]

26 June 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Economy Expert Opinion Personal Finance Property

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Does the Bank really think this week’s measures will be effective?

#Carneyge on house market The news from the Bank of England this week BANK OF ENGLAND FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE TO CAP BULK OF HIGH LOAN-TO-INCOME MORTGAGES AND TOUGHENS UNDERWRITING STANDARDS TO SET FROM OCTOBER LOAN TO INCOME RATIO AT 4.5 FOR 85 PCT OF NEW MORTGAGES TOUGHENS AFFORDABILITY TESTS FOR NEW HOME LOANS FROM THURSDAY […]

26 June 2014 by Jonathan Davis

Economy Expert Opinion Personal Finance Property

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How to clean up your portfolio for the new tax year

Leonard Bernstein had it about right. He once said of resolutions: “From new year’s on, theoutlook brightens; good humour lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining.” Still, while one takes the point and considers the fiscal year rather than the calendar one, if you set ‘resolutions’ for the upcoming tax […]

7 April 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Financial Planning Personal Finance

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How much of an economic burden or benefit are student loans?

One of the features of the credit crunch era has been the issue of how nations deal with the accumulated debts of the previous boom years in often reduced circumstances. This has been accompanied by debt being moved from one category to another. One example of this I discussed last week about Portugal where private-public […]

15 January 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Personal Finance

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Power of attorney and inheritance tax planning

Who would you trust with the PIN number to your bank account? A complete stranger?  No-one at all?  Maybe just your family?  What – all of them? Even that nephew with the shifty eyes?There’s probably some rule as to how many hypothetical questions you can start a blog with. And I have probably just broken […]

23 July 2013 by The Harried House Hunter

Personal Finance

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Both savers and pensioners are likely to think that the Bank of England's Mr.Bean is a right Charlie!

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the Bank of England’s very own Mr.Bean who like Rowan Atkinson’s television character is skilled at putting his foot in his mouth. Yesterday Deputy Governor Bean gave a speech in Scotland and he was up to his usual  somewhat tactless tricks. For example he pointed out […]

22 February 2012 by Shaun Richards

Pensions Personal Finance

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Market monitoring

I found myself shouting at the TV today, something I usually do only when GB or England are competing. In this case it was because of a comment on the stock market. The reporter said that markets were down and the news had driven US investors into the “safe haven” of bonds, causing bond yields […]

23 September 2011 by Mindful Money

Economy Investing Personal Finance

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The biggest elephant in the room – the growing gap between the rich and the poor

The full story is never on the front pages of our newspapers.  You have to piece it together, but the evidence is everywhere — and it adds up to important and frightening news about how our social fabric is being pulled apart. This week a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau announces: “the poor […]

19 September 2011 by Ken Eisold

Expert Opinion Personal Finance

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