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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

Preparing to draw on hard-earned pension

oldman146 Experience tells me that in the run-up to retirement, most people start to take substantially more interest in their pension and retirement planning, often trying harder than ever to build up their pension pot.

Last updated 14 June 2013
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Deposit one of many bills for house-buyer

If you’re planning to buy your first home there are a number of costs which many first-time buyers do not consider.

Last updated 14 June 2013
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Keep outdoor things as secure as indoors

With the summer months approaching, gardens will soon become much more regularly used for recreational enjoyment by home owners, however, when you assess any items that you have in your garden or outbuildings it can be surprising how much they add up to for their replacement value.

Last updated 7 June 2013
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Many ways to keep inheritance in family

I read an article recently which suggested that 35 per cent of parents are unwilling to leave an inheritance to their children as their children’s’ spouses could eventually end up with some of the assets if there were to be a subsequent divorce.

Last updated 7 June 2013
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Taking care over charity tax relief

As I picked up the post from the mat today, I was met by the plastic bag from a charity, asking for donations. And I couldn’t help but wonder whether there was something better I could give rather than my old Christmas ties and jumpers that I’ll never wear.

Last updated 31 May 2013
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Time to consider switching lenders?

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for over four years. It seems likely that at some point in the future the rate will rise and this will have a knock-on effect to many mortgages that are not on a fixed rate basis.

Last updated 31 May 2013
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Business health check will prove a real tonic

What is business risk? It is the threat that an event or action will adversely affect a business’ ability to achieve its ongoing objectives.

Last updated 24 May 2013
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The ins and outs of inheritance tax

It is sometimes said that death and taxes are unavoidable. With inheritance tax (IHT) these issues are combined which does, perhaps, explain why it is such an unpopular tax.

Last updated 24 May 2013
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Making the switch is simpler than you think

Inconvenience, time consuming and hassle may be words you associate with current account switching. It’s time to think again.

Last updated 17 May 2013
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Beware ‘pension liberation’ firms

Seven people were recently arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering, after police swooped on a suspected organised crime gang believed to be behind a pension investment scam that has been dubbed ‘the new boiler-room fraud’.

Last updated 17 May 2013
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Getting on that property ladder

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. If you are considering dipping into the property market for the first time, then the following tips may prove useful to you.

Last updated 10 May 2013
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Understand the risks of investing

It never ceases to amaze me the number of investors I meet who really don’t understand the actual level of risk associated with investments, including arrangements within their own investment portfolio that they regard as ‘safe’.

Last updated 10 May 2013
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Benefit’s ceased to be child’s play

andy childbenedfg Child benefit has been a universal benefit, paid to families with children, since its introduction in 1946 when it was paid as Family Allowance at a rate of five shillings per week per child. However, since January 7, if you or your partner have an income of more than £50,000 and either of you receive Child Benefit you may be liable to the ‘High Income Child Benefit’ tax charge.

Last updated 3 May 2013
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Food for thought on saving money

andy genericshodfgdf Many of us started 2013 with the intentions of getting fit, eating healthily, spending less and saving more. Many of us still have the intentions but have done very little about them.

Last updated 3 May 2013
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Keep a clear conscience and still make money

Just as you can now choose from a range of green or ethically-produced goods in your supermarket, you can also choose financial products that have positive benefits for the environment and ethical concerns.

Last updated 26 April 2013
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Know your obligations and you’ll stay out of trouble

Many landlords are unfamiliar with the legalities surrounding the letting of residential properties. As ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law, an innocent oversight on the part of a landlord could result in a substantial fine or even imprisonment.

Last updated 26 April 2013
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Get wise to capital gains tax at the start of year

Most people use their income tax allowance every year without even thinking about it. Most of the money coming into households every year is, after all, subject to income tax.

Last updated 19 April 2013
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Encourage habit of saving early in your child’s life

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 19 April 2013
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Rough guide to complex changes on pension rules

As pensions are very much a hot topic at present, I thought it might be appropriate to comment on some pension legislation changes proposed in the Chancellor’s Budget.

Last updated 12 April 2013
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Cut the cost and hassle of using your plastic abroad

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

Last updated 12 April 2013
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