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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Money Matters Advice from the Experts

Cut the interest you pay on a mortgage

The low interest rates over the last few years may have been good news for borrowers but the same cannot be said for savers.

Last updated 31 October 2014
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New pension rules can create various traps

The bulk of the changes to pensions announced in the March Budget come into effect in April next year and will give people much more choice and flexibility in how they take a retirement income.

Last updated 31 October 2014
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Wavering over fixed or variable rates?

If you are thinking of moving, the first thing you need to get to grips with is how you’re going to pay for your new house.

Last updated 24 October 2014
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Nothing to fear from the tax man

For many, getting their tax returns completed and submitted by the end of January is a massive relief but that’s just the start of the process as they have one year from the filing date to select the return for an enquiry.

Last updated 24 October 2014
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Don’t let life be as miserable as weather

Traditionally, autumn signals an increase in particular types of insurance claims. As cosy as this time of year can be, the longer nights and colder weather can result in misery for some of us.

Last updated 21 October 2014
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The pros and cons of pound cost averaging

If we knew when the stock market was going to rise and fall we would all know when to invest our money and when to withdraw it – in other words buy low and sell high.

Last updated 21 October 2014
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Is now the time to move to a fixed rate mortgage?

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for over five years.

Last updated 10 October 2014
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Wise up on changes to tax rules on trusts

HM Revenue and Customs have for the last few years been consulting on how to change the way that trusts are taxed. The third consultation closed on August 29 this year.

Last updated 10 October 2014
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Never underestimate the importance of lists

Landlords should not underestimate the importance of producing a detailed inventory and schedule of condition at the start of a tenancy.

Last updated 3 October 2014
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Keep ownership until cash is in the bank

This article is aimed at individuals and companies who supply goods to customers.

Last updated 3 October 2014
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Look closely at what mortgage deal means

Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases you’re likely to make, and your mortgage will probably be your single biggest outgoing each month.

Last updated 26 September 2014
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Will I be financially stable, when I’m 64?

Life is full of milestones, such as starting school, becoming a teenager, embracing adulthood on your 18th birthday, or each passing decade as it brings potentially new and exciting experiences.

Last updated 26 September 2014
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Be in the know and you’ll get will right

There are five things everyone should know about wills and trusts.

Last updated 19 September 2014
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Career-change means board - never bored

As life expectancy increases and the age at which we can expect to retire rises, many people are now considering a change of career in mid-life. Perhaps, after 30 years in the same career, you find that the position you have reached is not as attractive as it looked 30 years ago, the pressure of the job seems to be ever increasing and you would love a new challenge, but what else can you do?

Last updated 19 September 2014
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Special deal ending? Time to shop around

housenib2910 When you come to the end of the special deal period on your mortgage, it’s worthwhile looking to the market to see what else is currently on offer. Many lenders are keen to attract new borrowers with a large amount of equity in their homes, and who are able to demonstrate a good payment history.

Last updated 12 September 2014
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Who'll advise you not to buy a flash car?

lamborghini18 George Osborne’s March 2014 Budget saw the prospect of a new dawn for individuals with personal pension funds.

Last updated 12 September 2014
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Buy to let not now a quick route to wealth

In the past many people have regarded ‘buy to let’ as a means of making money quickly rather than as a long-term investment.

Last updated 5 September 2014
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School lessons in how to manage finances

The new academic year is here and children returning to school in England will, for the first time, be given lessons in how to manage their personal finances.

Last updated 5 September 2014
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Top tips for reducing capital gains impact

If you are considering selling something of a capital nature then you should consider the impact of capital gains tax as early as possible.

Last updated 29 August 2014
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Service takes stress out of switching

Switching current accounts is perceived to be a hassle. There are lots of things to do, including swapping direct debits, moving your salary, amending standing orders, getting a new debit card and cheque book, etc.

Last updated 29 August 2014
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