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Pension reforms should bring greater flexibility

money109 In last week’s article I discussed how the new coalition Government set out its proposals for limiting the tax relief available on pension contributions for high earners.

Last updated 11 September 2010
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A bit of relief over pension contributions

tractor39 Over recent years successive governments have tried to encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own retirement and therefore remove some of the financial burden from the state.

Last updated 11 September 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

First time buyers: Is it time for you to take the plunge?

Summer holidays are over for another year and the nights are starting to draw in; Christmas cards have started appearing in the shops.

Last updated 11 September 2010
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Take the stress out of moving

When contracts are successfully exchanged for a house sale, most sellers feel daunted by the preparation for the move which is viewed by many as a highly stressful experience.

Last updated 3 September 2010
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Affordable renting?

forrentpic278 In the past, many people regarded buy-to-let as a means of making money quickly rather than as a long-term investment.

Last updated 2 September 2010
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School costs are an expensive exercise

schoolboy278 As the new school year looms closer many parents will let out a sigh of relief as their children leave the summer hibernation of their bedrooms, switch off the games console and emerge into the sunlight to be reunited with their school friends.

Last updated 2 September 2010
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Beware the banking scams

moneyscreengrab208 Earlier this month, it was reported in national media that six people had been arrested over a scam which police believe compromised the security of more than 20,000 bank accounts and credit cards in the UK.

Last updated 28 August 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Avoid getting burnt

venice208 The prospect of having somewhere abroad where the sun shines reliably and it doesn’t rain is an appealing one for many. Putting together the ready cash to fund such a dream (be it a villa or timeshare) is not the end of your worries, however.

Last updated 28 August 2010
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Buyers still in the driving seat

andy interirororor The downturn in the housing market caused by the economic downturn and tighter lending conditions together with the recent withdrawal of compulsory Home Information Packs has led to an increased supply of properties for sale and much fewer buyers, especially those who can immediately proceed with a purchase.

Last updated 17 August 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Savers and investors need to take long term view

It continues to be a tough time for savers and investors with the base rate showing little sign of moving upwards.

Last updated 13 August 2010
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Give the gift of tax relief

inheritancetax138 In last week’s article I discussed the need for individuals to examine their estates and consider whether they need to plan for Inheritance Tax given the freeze on the nil rate band, currently £325,000.

Last updated 13 August 2010
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Personal choice in savings

piggybank68 If you are thinking about saving for a rainy day, there are a number of options available to you. Depending on what is important to you will determine which saving option you take. For example, how long you can tie your cash up for, how quickly you are likely to need access to it, and whether you pay tax.

Last updated 6 August 2010
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How to protect your assets from the taxman

George Osborne photo The election is long since over and the coalition, after the emergency Budget, has turned its attention to addressing the budget deficit.

Last updated 6 August 2010
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Protect yourself in business

office To most business owners it would be inconceivable to operate their business without proper insurance cover, against the risk of fire or flood for example.

Last updated 1 August 2010
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Ask crucial questions when picking a mortgage

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 31 July 2010
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Landing a good deal

With increased land prices in much of the north of England, selling off a piece of land can provide a sometimes much needed capital boost to a farming business from the vendor’s point of view, and can throw up different challenges for the purchaser.

Last updated 25 July 2010
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Make your dream a reality

To many people not involved in the property industry, the thought of building your own house is daunting.

Last updated 25 July 2010
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We’re still living a traditional life

homemc111 Our political and economic lives may be uncertain, but when it comes to home life it’s good to know that some things are as traditional as they ever were.

Last updated 22 July 2010
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Avoiding Capital Gains Tax

LG money140710h With the increased Capital Gains Tax rate of 28 per cent, Capital Gains Tax planning should once again be at the forefront of our minds, particularly for those with second properties.

Last updated 22 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Facing up to large liabilities

Many households are faced with the daily challenge of reducing expenditure in order to meet liabilities. But what would happen if a large or unexpected liability arose? Could you cope? What should you do?

Last updated 2 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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