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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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The UK housing market presents a mixed picture across the country

Friday 1st April 2016

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show average in England house prices rising by 8......

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The oil companies are struggling – but what do lower oil prices mean for us?

Friday 12th February 2016

One major factor driving turbulence on the world’s stock exchanges has been the fall in oil prices over the past year......

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When a million pounds is not enough: Coping with the lifetime pension allowance

Friday 22nd January 2016

From April this year the lifetime allowance on the size of individual pension funds falls from £1......

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PF Blog: Household debt on the rise again – will the FPC intervene?

Friday 4th December 2015

The boom in household borrowing in the late 1990s and 2000s, which saw household debt double to £1......

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PF Blog: Why mutuality matters to financial consumers

Tuesday 17th November 2015

On 16th November Nationwide Building Society announced that Joe Garner will be taking over from Graham Beale as Chief Executive in spring 2016......

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PF Blog: House prices continue to rise – but if you are on the housing ladder, mortgages are affordable

Friday 30th October 2015

The latest figures from Nationwide Building Society show average house prices in October 2015 were 3......

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PF Blog: Is the Treasury’s NS&I destabilising the savings market?

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

This month’s news that National Savings & Investments (NS&I) had a net inflow of funds of £5......

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