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Money Matters Advice from the Experts

Is your mortgage the best for you?

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 July 2013
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Both sides must agree condition of contents

Landlords should not under-estimate the importance of producing a detailed inventory and schedule of condition at the start of a tenancy, whether their property is furnished or unfurnished.

Last updated 19 July 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

What state pension shake-up will mean

When the state pension was introduced in 1909, the maximum payment was five shillings (25p) a week - the equivalent of about £20 today.

Last updated 19 July 2013
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Use your capital gains allowance - or lose it

Capital gains tax (CGT) exemption is a valuable allowance. At £10,900 for 2013/14, it’s worth £3,052 to higher rate taxpayers paying tax at 28 per cent on their gains. But it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ allowance. It can’t be carried forward.

Last updated 12 July 2013
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Cool tips for avoiding card meltdown abroad

In the UK, we are generally accustomed to using our ‘plastic’ without charge, However, overseas card transactions often carry a cost.

Last updated 12 July 2013
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Self-employed to pay second part of tax

July 31 – what does it mean to you? Over halfway to Christmas? Where did the ‘summer’ go? With only six months to go until the tax deadline, for the many self-employed people out there, it also means that their second ‘payment on account’ towards their 2012/13 tax liability is due.

Last updated 5 July 2013
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Take a break from low interest rates

We live in a beautiful part of the UK, with the Lake District attracting some 8.3 million day visitors a year. As a result, many people have purchased and invested in a second home or holiday-let property in the Lakes – an estimated 15 per cent of the total dwellings.

Last updated 5 July 2013
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Flexible way to help boost your savings

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 28 June 2013
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What to look out for in remortgage deals

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.

Last updated 21 June 2013
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Consider all options on your pension pot

Planning for your retirement can take 40 years to achieve, but can all be undone in an instant if the wrong decisions are made.

Last updated 21 June 2013
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Preparing to draw on hard-earned pension

oldman146 Experience tells me that in the run-up to retirement, most people start to take substantially more interest in their pension and retirement planning, often trying harder than ever to build up their pension pot.

Last updated 14 June 2013
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Deposit one of many bills for house-buyer

If you’re planning to buy your first home there are a number of costs which many first-time buyers do not consider.

Last updated 14 June 2013
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Keep outdoor things as secure as indoors

With the summer months approaching, gardens will soon become much more regularly used for recreational enjoyment by home owners, however, when you assess any items that you have in your garden or outbuildings it can be surprising how much they add up to for their replacement value.

Last updated 7 June 2013
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Many ways to keep inheritance in family

I read an article recently which suggested that 35 per cent of parents are unwilling to leave an inheritance to their children as their children’s’ spouses could eventually end up with some of the assets if there were to be a subsequent divorce.

Last updated 7 June 2013
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Taking care over charity tax relief

As I picked up the post from the mat today, I was met by the plastic bag from a charity, asking for donations. And I couldn’t help but wonder whether there was something better I could give rather than my old Christmas ties and jumpers that I’ll never wear.

Last updated 31 May 2013
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Time to consider switching lenders?

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for over four years. It seems likely that at some point in the future the rate will rise and this will have a knock-on effect to many mortgages that are not on a fixed rate basis.

Last updated 31 May 2013
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Business health check will prove a real tonic

What is business risk? It is the threat that an event or action will adversely affect a business’ ability to achieve its ongoing objectives.

Last updated 24 May 2013
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The ins and outs of inheritance tax

It is sometimes said that death and taxes are unavoidable. With inheritance tax (IHT) these issues are combined which does, perhaps, explain why it is such an unpopular tax.

Last updated 24 May 2013
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Making the switch is simpler than you think

Inconvenience, time consuming and hassle may be words you associate with current account switching. It’s time to think again.

Last updated 17 May 2013
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