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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

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
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Savings rate same as mortgage? Go offset

The low interest rates over the last few years may have been good news for borrowers, but the same cannot be said for savers.

Last updated 29 November 2013
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Measure loan against best in the market

To most people, the world of mortgages has not really moved on greatly in recent years. The mortgage market has suffered from lenders leaving the market place, restricted funding streams and a general lack of product innovation.

Last updated 29 November 2013
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Fund manager leaves a poser for many investors

Recent big news in the investment fund market world is that the most influential fund manager of our time, Neil Woodford of Invesco Perpetual – where he heads up their equity team – will leave them to set up his own investment fund management business after April 2014.

Last updated 22 November 2013
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Top tips for tenants on security matters

Many responsibilities for the security of a property are divided between a landlord and tenant, and it is important that tenants know which elements they should look out for during a tenancy.

Last updated 22 November 2013
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Time to think about switch to fixed rate?

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for over four years.

Last updated 15 November 2013
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Balancing risks and weighing up rewards

One of the keys to saving and investing is balance, namely balancing the risks you are comfortable with alongside the potential rewards. As a general rule, the higher the risk, the greater the potential rewards, but also the potential losses.

Last updated 15 November 2013
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New simple steps to switch your account

A new Current Account Switching Service was launched in September 2013, designed to make switching a current account from one provider to another simple, reliable and hassle-free. The new standardised Current Account Switch Service has reduced switching time to just seven working days and gives you the control over the date which your account will switch from your old bank to a new bank or building society. This is all protected by the Current Account Switch Guarantee which is backed by the industry.

Last updated 8 November 2013
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Reducing the burden of Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax is often thought of as a voluntary tax because there are many ways in which the tax can be mitigated by planning in advance, however, the problem with this is that none of us know when that fateful day will arrive when we shuffle off this mortal coil!

Last updated 8 November 2013
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Feel secure in market of risk and volatility

Multi-asset funds have become enormously popular in the past few years as an option for investors to get into the markets in a straightforward yet diversified manner.

Last updated 1 November 2013
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Tips to help you bed in with a guest house

Some people say that running a guest house can be a little like having a ‘new baby’ – lots of early mornings, plenty of laundry with a likely negative impact on your social life.

Last updated 1 November 2013
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Don’t leave it late to register tax returns

Most people in the UK are spared the hassle of having to complete a tax return. That is because the PAYE system which applies to salaries and wages gets roughly the right answer if the PAYE code number is correct.

Last updated 25 October 2013
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It certainly pays to run your own budget

If you’ve ever asked yourself where all your money goes, or you always seem to have spent your salary before the next pay day, you need to consider budgeting.

Last updated 25 October 2013
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You won’t get let off paying tax on rents

With mortgage interest rates at a historically low level, there has been considerable growth in the buy-to-let market.

Last updated 4 October 2013
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Make thieves take fright at Halloween

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 4 October 2013
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When mortgage deal ends, shop around

When you come to the end of the special deal period on your mortgage, it’s worthwhile looking to the market to see what else is currently on offer.

Last updated 27 September 2013
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Workers prepared to save less in pension

As I prepared for this week’s article I came across a couple of recent studies, both seeming to show that many people are still detached from reality as far as retirement is concerned.

Last updated 27 September 2013
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