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Two years on from the pensions revolution are people taking advantage?

Wednesday 19th July 2017

The pension reforms introduced in 2015 have given those aged 55 years or older greater flexibility to access and use the funds in their pension ‘pots’......

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Applying the brakes to consumer credit – lenders take prompt from BoE

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Over the past year the Bank of England has regularly expressed concern at the pace of growth of unsecured lending in the UK......

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Is the end in sight for the triple-lock on state pensions?

Monday 22nd May 2017

The Conservative’s general election manifesto includes the plan to end the triple-lock on the annual increases in state pensions from 2020......

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Understanding the Lifetime ISA

Tuesday 18th April 2017

There’s a new kid on the block. The Lifetime ISA, or Lisa as it’s commonly known, allows 20 to 39 year olds to invest up to £4,000 a year until they are 50 and, for each £100 invested, the government will add £25......

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After ten months the Brexit economic honeymoon is over

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Those forecasting an economic catastrophe in the wake of the Brexit vote in last June’s referendum may have spent much of the past year reflecting on whether they called it right – with retail sales surging, the FTSE-100 hitting a record high and unemployment falling to its lowest rate since 2005......

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Unemployment now as low as 1975 – but there’s no upward pressure on earnings inflation

Monday 20th March 2017

The latest unemployment and earnings data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) portray an interesting picture of the labour market in the UK......

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Timing the market? ‘Pound cost averaging’ can make life easy

Monday 27th February 2017

One overworked cliché about decisions to buy or sell shares and other securities is ‘get your timing right’......

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The rise of asset allocation

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Since the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, investors have woken up to the fact that it makes sense to reduce risk by investing in a range of overseas markets in a number of different currencies......

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The FTSE at an all-time high - great news, provided your ‘home’ currency is sterling

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

In a year of political turbulence, dominated by the unexpected Brexit vote in the UK in June and Donald Trump’s surprise triumph in the US presidential election in November, the FTSE-100 has had a stellar year......

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Payment scams – have the banks been let off the hook?

Monday 19th December 2016

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has called for banks to do more to prevent scams where people are tricked into transferring money to fraudsters......

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Investing in LISAs may seem like a ‘no-brainer’ - but be alive to the rules

Monday 21st November 2016

From next April those aged between 18 and 40 years will be eligible to open up Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts – or LISAs – to save towards the purchase of a first property or to provide funds in later life, from the age of 60......

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Should we be worried about the UK’s £1.5 trillion personal debt burden?

Tuesday 8th November 2016

The latest figures show that the total personal debt in this country has now reached £1.5 trillion......

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The review of the State Pension Age – will some personalisation be introduced?

Friday 14th October 2016

The first of the new reviews of the State Pension Age (SPA) is getting underway, led by John Cridland, formerly of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)......

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Help-to-Save and LISAs: Learning from the past

Tuesday 27th September 2016

The government is launching a number of new savings products designed to encourage us to save.     Lifetime ISAs (LISAs) are designed to help us become home owners and save for our retirement years......

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UK share prices brush aside Brexit concerns

Tuesday 30th August 2016

The unexpected vote to leave the European Union in the June referendum sent shock waves through the financial markets with share prices and the value of Sterling plummeting in the aftermath of the result......

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The fall in home ownership – it’s all about affordability rather than the cost of mortgages

Thursday 4th August 2016

Data published today by the Resolution Foundation confirms the continuation of the downward trend in home ownership in the UK......

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More joy for borrowers, more gloom for savers

Monday 11th July 2016

The financial consequences of the Brexit vote on 23rd June are already hitting the public. The slump in the value of the pound is pushing up the cost of holiday spending for those jetting off overseas......

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Long-term interest rates hit a further new low

Monday 13th June 2016

Back in 1980 I took out my first mortgage to buy a flat in Birmingham. The flat was very affordable and required only a modest mortgage to buy it......

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Consumers need financial education

Wednesday 4th May 2016

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 has had seismic ramifications on both domestic and global economies and in the UK has also resulted in significant regulatory and financial services industry activity to restore confidence, financial stability, protect consumers and prevent such carnage happening again......

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Stamp Duty surcharge applies the brakes to the housing market

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

April saw the start of the 3% surcharge to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for properties not bought for residence by buyers......

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