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Is your SVR right for you?

Improvements in the mortgage market, combined with moves by some lenders to increase their standard variable rates (SVR), has prompted experts to say it may now be a good time to consider remortgaging.

Last updated 12 February 2010
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Get help with debts now

armstrong52 Christmas festivities are well and truly over, but are you still suffering from a New Year financial hangover? If spending was higher than you had budgeted for, you may be worried about how you are going to pay the January credit card bills that you have received.

Last updated 5 February 2010
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Run-down but still an opportunity

blencow2mw Buying a run-down property to renovate is an attractive option for home buyers who are motivated by the prospect of achieving a profit from the increase in its value after the improvement works are completed. This incentive is most attractive during an adverse property market when house prices are falling.

Last updated 5 February 2010
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Coping with the loss of key staff

In April 2009, Legal & General conducted research among 1,000 members of the British Chamber of Commerce.

Last updated 29 January 2010
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Business accountability

One of the earliest decisions you need to make when starting a small business is which bank account to opt for.

Last updated 29 January 2010
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Avoiding tax pitfalls

As the pressures of recent extreme weather conditions begin to fade, they are replaced by the financial realities that January holds for many.

Last updated 22 January 2010
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Self-build dream requires planning

granddesigns221 To many people not involved in the property industry, the thought of building your own house is daunting. However, with detailed research, careful planning and the engagement of sound advisors and tradesmen it can be a hugely rewarding experience and may allow you to create your dream home at a significantly lower cost than its value on completion.

Last updated 22 January 2010
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Improvements likely, but slowly

It’s been an eventful 12 months in the somewhat rocky world of mortgages – banks on the brink of collapse, funding drying up, bailouts and the lowest Bank of England base rate in history. So where are we now? And what lies ahead in 2010?

Last updated 15 January 2010
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Are you ready for disaster?

Some months ago, in an earlier article, I touched on the subject of business risk assessment – “business risk” being the threat that an event or action could adversely affect the ability of a business to achieve its objectives.

Last updated 15 January 2010
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Finding the right rate for you

Now that the festive period is behind us and the new year is underway, if you are thinking about moving home or remortgaging you may be starting to seriously consider your options.

Last updated 11 January 2010
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Options for university fees need some studying

At this time of year, prospective students will be anxiously examining the post (or possibly their emails) for offers from universities. Greater numbers of young people than ever before head for further education and the application process is a tense time for the whole family.

Last updated 10 January 2010
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Spring into moving mode

The arrival of a new year steers many to consider moving home and to take advantage of the spring market which traditionally experiences higher levels of interest in properties for sale.

Last updated 5 January 2010
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Popping that costly question?

According to splendicity.com, Christmas day is the second most popular day of the year to get engaged.

Last updated 5 January 2010
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Wrap up the perfect gift... without red tape

Christmas week is upon us and last-minute shoppers will be more concerned with finding that perfect gift than the tax consequences of giving it.

Last updated 5 January 2010
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New Year? Not for the taxpayer

bills31lou With the end of the calendar year upon us, it is traditionally a time for reflecting on the year gone by and looking forward to the one ahead.

Last updated 31 December 2009
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Act on tax while the going’s good

Alistair Darling photo Last week’s Pre-Budget Report did not announce major tax rises (or indeed spending cuts). Nevertheless, the scale of the financial deficit leaves us in little doubt that both will be coming our way shortly after the general election next year – whoever wins.

Last updated 21 December 2009
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Christmas time, mistletoe and crime...

Crindledyke photo Cooking, candles, presents and parties are all part and parcel of the festive season, but they also make it one of the riskiest times of the year in and around your home.

Last updated 21 December 2009
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Property – the long game

Commercial property has traditionally proven to be an investment opportunity, particularly for businesses buying their own premises and operating from them, potentially providing a solid base and longer term security for the company or partnership concerned.

Last updated 14 December 2009
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It’s time that you made the switch

bankpic2711 According to a recent survey for Deloitte, one of the largest business advisory firms in the world, more than half of UK banking customers would only place their money in a bank or building society that has branches on their high street.

Last updated 11 December 2009
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Save on Xmas expenditure

There is still time to get your finances in some kind of order before the seasonal festivities kick in. Here’s 10 tips to help get through the Christmas season without going into the red.

Last updated 11 December 2009
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