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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

It pays to get right advice on finances

It’s that time of year again when many people are planning their summer holidays.

Last updated 14 February 2014
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Fancy the challenge of running a B&B?

As life expectancy increases and the age at which we can expect to retire rises, many people are now considering a change of career in mid-life.

Last updated 14 February 2014
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Insurance claims? It’s all in the date

If you’ve ever wondered what people claim for on their insurance, Aviva, the Cumberland’s home insurance partner, has had a look at 10 years’ worth of claims data to reveal the key times of the year when people should take extra care in their homes and cars.

Last updated 7 February 2014
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Buy-to-let will mean filling in tax return

It seems as if the property market is moving upwards again. With mortgage rates still historically quite low, we can expect to see the buy to let being a popular investment once again.

Last updated 7 February 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Playing your cards right when abroad

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

Last updated 3 February 2014
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Action plan time for your family business

For the last five years many businesses have just concentrated on survival. Without the prospect of an increase in turnover, costs have been cut to the bone, and staff members have not been replaced when someone leaves.

Last updated 3 February 2014
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Crucial questions on new mortgage choice

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 24 January 2014
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Now is time to fix mortgage payments

Is your mortgage giving you best value? This question has never been more relevant than it is at present, with the current mortgage debate being: ‘To fix or not to fix, that is the question’.

Last updated 24 January 2014
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So what lies ahead for your finances in 2014?

After a momentous 2013 in the financial world what do we have to look forward to in 2014?

Last updated 17 January 2014
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It’s never too early to start saving up

When our children eventually fly out from beneath our wings, they are likely to start their independent lives with bills or student debt.

Last updated 17 January 2014
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Reducing the stress for first-time buyers

Buying your first property can appear a daunting experience but with the right help along the way it should not be as stressful as many would make it out to be.

Last updated 10 January 2014
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Plumbers, doctors, now landlords beware

The majority of us pay our tax dues in accordance with the law. We might plan to reduce those liabilities if we can but only within the opportunities permitted by the Taxes Acts.

Last updated 10 January 2014
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A guide through the lettings minefield

mbletting Letting your property can feel daunting with the complexities of government legislation and health and safety to consider, but a ‘good agent’ will ensure that the process is as stress free as possible. To safeguard your property, you need to choose a letting agent who understands your local market and who operates to the highest possible standards. Letting agents offer a range of services so you can choose the one that suits your budget and your circumstances.

Last updated 3 January 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Have a happy Xmas popping the question

Christmas day is one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged. Once you’ve asked, or you’ve been asked (and presuming the answer was yes), the first few weeks in the New Year will be busy with the initial planning.

Last updated 20 December 2013
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Charity needn’t end with festive jumper horrors

On Friday it was Christmas Jumper Day (in support of Save the Children) and as I looked at the selection of jumpers on display around Armstrong Watson I thought that there must be better ways to support your favourite charity that don’t require you to wear a reindeer’s face with bells hanging off its antlers! Fortunately there are.

Last updated 20 December 2013
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The low rate days won’t last forever

I’ve just finished watching the last F1 race of 2013, the Brazilian Grand Prix, and to the surprise of nobody Sebastian Vettel won again.

Last updated 13 December 2013
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Fixed or variable - which will suit you?

If you are thinking of moving, the first thing you need to get to grips with is how you’re going to pay for your new house.

Last updated 13 December 2013
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More families are given bill for Inheritance Tax

andy lockedcash Inheritance Tax (IHT) is undoubtedly an unpopular tax. Of course, it is payable on death which is a difficult time and the amount of tax due is often very large.

Last updated 6 December 2013
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Use IT to keep your business in spotlight

One of the key trends in the UK serviced accommodation sector is the rapid expansion of budget hotels offering competitive rates for business and leisure travellers in a recessionary climate. What is making this possible?

Last updated 6 December 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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