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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

Change that could leave you in good company

Businesses across the county will be looking long and hard at the tax changes introduced recently and with a wary eye on the future they will wonder what further tax increases the coalition will need to introduce as the country fights it way back from the recession.

Last updated 16 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Keep your slice of the pie

slicepie2810 In a recent interview with Channel 4, Charles Bean, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, said that savers who find that the interest they earn from their cash is no longer enough to live on should “eat into their capital”.

Last updated 8 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Burning issues etc

bonfire810 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 8 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The saleable home top 10

habitat110 Research amongst estate agents has produced a list of the best ways to improve your home to help achieve a sale for it.

Last updated 1 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Investment values may go up as well...

stockmarket110 Many investors have been left disappointed with the apparent poor performance of stock markets over the last decade.

Last updated 1 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It could be time to let go

To say that owners of furnished holiday let (FHLs) properties have gone through a period of great uncertainty in respect of their tax position over the last 12 months is something of an understatement.

Last updated 24 September 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The key to your mortgage

Summer looks to be behind us, and it’s traditionally a popular time of year to be moving home, which, for most of us, means a new mortgage.

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

Don’t let HMRC make any more mistakes

The news has been full over the last week or so of stories about tax liabilities.

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

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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