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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

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

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

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

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

Never too early for retirement planning

One area of personal finance I often find is overlooked until it is too late is planning for long-term retirement. Before starting to contribute to a retirement plan, consider what you feel you would need as a suitable retirement income. Make sure you review this regularly.

Last updated 16 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Protecting yourself against online fraud

The UK Card Association reported that fraud losses on transactions carried out online and over the phone rose by 11 per cent in 2012, from £220.9m in 2011 to £245.8m in 2012.

Last updated 16 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Software so vital in running your business

Are you in control of your business? Before computers, the gathering, storing, and organisation of data within a business was a slow and labour intensive process.

Last updated 9 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Keep up with tax if marriage breaks down

Divorce can be an incredibly difficult time for anyone and on top of the emotional stress there are some very important tax considerations that can sometimes be overlooked.

Last updated 9 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Plenty of options on making money grow

If you are thinking about saving for a rainy day, there are a number of options available to you. Deciding what is important to you will determine which saving option you take. For example, how long you can tie your cash up for, how quickly you are likely to need access to it, and whether you pay tax.

Last updated 2 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Financial realities of heading to university

At this time of year, prospective students will be anxiously awaiting their A-level results to see if they match offers from received from universities.

Last updated 2 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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