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12 May 2017
Saving for a deposit
I just had the most unbelievable dream. I’d just bought my first home… then I woke up.
10 May 2017
Avoiding fraud
You get an email from a foreign prince promising you a portion of his vast fortune – we’re talking millions here. He says he needs your help to gain access to the money and has chosen you for your discretion and reliability. All he needs is for you to pay the legal fees, and then you’ll both be rich!
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25 Apr 2017
Are Premium Bonds worth their salt?
It seems the nation’s favourite fun savings product is not enjoying the best of times. National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has announced that it is to reduce the number of large prizes Premium Bond holders can win each month.
07 Apr 2017
Spring forward for the taxman
It’s normally a rather bossy command sent out to recalcitrant teenagers off to the Summer Ball. The phrase is ‘Know your limits’.
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?
24 Mar 2017
Spring is sprung, now for the new year (!?)
Let’s begin with a quiz question. Why does the financial year run from April to March and not throughout a calendar year, which would seem to be more sensible?
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’.
07 Mar 2017
Please Mr Chancellor, ease up on Stamp Duty
In years gone by Budget Day was brightened up by a lively betting market on all sorts of predictions.
03 Mar 2017
Need a rest? Aim for the best.
One of the joys of getting older is that one becomes less excitable about things – instead calm contemplation and determined action are the bedfellows of the ‘experienced’ generation.
28 Feb 2017
Low interest rates abound, time for a Windfall?
Water, water everywhere and no a drop to drink, quoted the Ancient Mariner. Coleridge’s great words were about being left adrift in a small boat with a grand thirst and nothing but the undrinkable sea all around. There seems a parallel in this age’s ultra low interest rate environment. It seems increasingly hard to find anywhere to save your cash with any hope of a decent return.
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