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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

Try these resolutions for a financially sound 2011

creditcards3112 Well, it’s all over for another year. A few more drinks to bring in the New Year, finish off the turkey and mince pies over the long weekend and then it’s back to the grind.

Last updated 31 December 2010
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Simple ways to lessen the impact of the VAT hike

HM Revenue & Customs is raising the stakes with the advent of the 20 per cent VAT rate

Last updated 23 December 2010
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How to extend your home on a budget

Extending your home or converting a loft can be a cost effective way to considerably improve it, increase its value and avoid the disruption and costs from moving. So where do you start?

Last updated 23 December 2010
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Don't pay VAT you don't use

HM Revenue & Customs is raising the stakes with the advent of the 20 per cent VAT rate.

Last updated 17 December 2010
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Plan early to fund your children's graduation

The basis of student finance has scarcely been out of the papers in recent weeks. It has only been in recent years that universities’ fees have been charged to the student and, of course, loans are made to cushion the cash-flow difficulties.

Last updated 10 December 2010
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How to stay safe when shopping online

This Christmas, The UK Cards Association is again running its successful Be Card Smart Online campaign – to remind shoppers of common sense advice in order to stay safe online.

Last updated 10 December 2010
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Save on new mortgage

dc hooos Remortgaging is probably not on your shopping list for the next few weeks as the Christmas season begins to get into full swing.

Last updated 3 December 2010
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Make most of slim returns

money312 The Bank of England’s current policy of keeping UK interest rates at an all time low is good news for those with a tracker mortgage, as monthly payments have been reduced significantly in line with the reduction in base rates.

Last updated 3 December 2010
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The lowdown on overdrafts

dollarbills2611 All businesses need a degree of flexibility to succeed so it is best to be ready to adapt to changes.

Last updated 30 November 2010
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Don’t have a taxing Christmas this year

pressies2611 As we hurtle towards another festive season many organised people are considering what they should buy for their nearest and dearest.

Last updated 30 November 2010
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A NEST egg for everyone

money19pension Over many years successive governments have tried, without significant success, to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for their retirement.

Last updated 30 November 2010
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Take care using cash machines

Cash machines are an obvious target for fraudsters as, wherever there is cash, there is the potential for crime. The chances of cash machine fraud happening to you are thankfully very low and the industry is working hard to keep it this way.

Last updated 30 November 2010
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Best bank available locally

handelsbanken2611 A Swedish-owned bank, with a branch in Carlisle, is Britain’s best bank for customer satisfaction, a survey has found.

Last updated 26 November 2010
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The cost of family loans

People lend more than £2,000 to family and friends in their lifetimes, much of which will never be repaid, a survey has found. The average Briton will lend £2,250 in informal loans to people they know, according to research by More Than Legal Services.

Last updated 26 November 2010
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Coalition’s pension contribution clarity

retirement555 I recently wrote about the new Government’s plans to limit tax relief for high earners. At the time of that article detail was a little thin on the ground, however, over the last few weeks the Coalition Government has provided more clarity.

Last updated 12 November 2010
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A credit to the community

creditu1 Many of you will have heard of credit unions but not know exactly what such things are.

Last updated 12 November 2010
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Make an executor decision

mbwill2 Would you mind being my executor?” On the face of it this seems like a simple request and one which it would be rude to turn down.

Last updated 5 November 2010
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Building the future

renovation511 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.

Last updated 5 November 2010
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Avoid the business sale traps

spreadsheet2210 There is a time in most businesses when the owner must look forward and make the difficult decision to either sell his or her business or pass it on to the next generation, if they’re involved.

Last updated 1 November 2010
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Vote with your cash

coins2210 Despite the record levels of complaints recently announced by the Financial Ombudsman about banks and their services in the past year, an alarmingly high proportion of UK banking customers continue to remain loyal to their current bank.

Last updated 1 November 2010
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