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06 Nov 2018
Marry me – or pay the tax
Famous examples of this perverse law at play are both positive and negative – as defined by the 20th century Harvard sociologist Robert K Merton (who also, interestingly, defined the Self-Fulfilling and -Defeating Prophesy).
26 Apr 2018
Six steps for ISA investing in peace
The Individual Savings Account passed its 18th birthday last year and has undergone as many drastic changes as any teenager.
20 Mar 2018
Five financial things I have learned about being 50
So this week I turn 50. It’s a shock. OMG! I only started shaving a couple of years ago. Surely it’s no more than a decade since I bought my first old banger – a navy blue Triumph 1300 a year younger than me for £100.
Tags: Finances
07 Feb 2018
Bitcon be damned – watch your mortgage instead?
What a load of old cobblers I am reading about Bitcoin.
Tags: Finances
05 Feb 2018
Two very simple steps to clearing January debt
We’ve had Black Friday, Blue Monday, and more than a few grey Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And damp Saturdays.
Tags: Finances
19 Sep 2017
Why should I be surprised by openness and efficiency from a bank?
It was when I saw the legend John Cleese advertising a PPI claims company that I lost it. I bet I’m not the only one, but for years I have been barraged by text, by email, by advert – you name it – from aggressive companies telling me I can claim back PPI from my bank.
Tags: Finances
01 Jun 2017
Don’t let debt get you down
According to recent publications from the Bank of England over the past year or so, outstanding consumer credit is reaching highs that bring to mind spending levels with borrowed money last seen prior to the 2008 recession. Driven in part by the rising popularity of car finance schemes, it’s also come with a spike in declared insolvencies, in particular, Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs). They may seem like a not too unattractive way to clear the majority of your debt without declaring actual bankruptcy, but can actually cause more difficulties in the long run.
18 May 2017
Retirement is for old people
When HRH Prince Philip says he is retiring at the mere age of 95, then perhaps we should all start thinking about it.
29 Mar 2017
Let’s talk about death. That’s always hard.
It’s the kind of thing we don’t like to think about. It’s also the kind of thing we can’t help thinking about, especially when we have a family to consider. So why, when the roofs over our children’s heads are at stake, do so many primary earners in families not have life insurance policies?
08 Mar 2017
Joke and Mirrors
It took the Leader of the Opposition – not famous for being a free marketeer – to point out there was nothing in the Chancellor’s much-awaited Budget for those ‘struggling to get on the housing ladder’.
Tags: Mortgage
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