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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New service to make changing bank easier

Switching current accounts is perceived to be a hassle. There are lots of things to do, including swapping direct debits, moving your salary, amending standing orders, getting a new debit card and cheque book, etc.

Last updated 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t be like famous who fail to make will

What do Abraham Lincoln, Howard Hughes, Pablo Picasso and Jimi Hendrix all have in common?

Last updated 20 September 2013
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Net gains to be had from banking on web

Technology, environmental and efficiency improvements are leading businesses to change the way information is used and held and financial information is no different in this regard.

Last updated 13 September 2013
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Vital families review finances regularly

It never ceases to amaze me how often clients fail to regularly review their financial circumstances and the plans they put in place to help them achieve their future financial objectives.

Last updated 13 September 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Be prepared for rate to stay at record low

Interest rates look set to remain at record lows for perhaps another three years following the new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s announcement that they will be linked to the rate of employment.

Last updated 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Advice to help buy your first property

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 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Not just for super rich or Crusaders

From time to time the Government makes changes to the tax code, which are intended to hinder effective tax planning.

Last updated 30 August 2013
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Need for protecting deposits emphasised

Following a recent Court of Appeal decision, Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues, landlords need to understand the importance of protecting deposits for renewals and periodic tenancies.

Last updated 30 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

When even bankruptcy proves too expensive

There were 6,469 bankruptcy orders in the second quarter of 2013, down from 8,093 in the same quarter of 2012.

Last updated 23 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Choose a mortgage you can live with

house238 With the announcement that the Bank of England interest rate will remain at 0.5 per cent until unemployment falls below seven per cent and recent press headlines about property price growth and stronger economic activity, you may well be thinking about moving home.

Last updated 23 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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