Work till you’re 68 or maybe 70? State pension age rise on the cards as two reports recommend changes

23 March 2017

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The under 30s may not receive the state pension until they are 70 due to strains on the public finances from increasing life expectancy, a report by government experts has warned. The Government Actuary’s Department, which advises the UK government on issues to do with life expectancy, pensions and spending says that the move may […]

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The 1% fall in the S&P may not mean the end of the bull run

22 March 2017

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America’s S&P 500 index fell 1.4% on Tuesday, its first daily fall of more than 1% since October. But the end of the third-longest such streak since 1970 does not necessarily herald the end of the bull run in US stocks, at least if history is any guide says investment platform AJ Bell. Tuesday’s fall […]

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SMEs urged to lock in exchange rates for overseas payments as triggering of Article 50 approaches

22 March 2017

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SMEs have been urged to ‘lock in’ an exchange rate for their upcoming overseas payments before Article 50 is triggered by the Prime Minister Theresa May. Online overseas payments service Money Mover is urging Britain’s SMEs to consider reducing uncertainty surrounding their foreign currency transactions for up to the next six months. Hamish Anderson, CEO […]

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Eight tax changes to watch out for in 2017/2018

21 March 2017

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The last two years have brought about a plethora of change for investors. As another tax year fast approaches Hargreaves Lansdown highlights eight changes you should be aware of when it comes to saving tax in 2017/2018. Corporate bond funds change to paying gross interest Since April 2016 interest from bank and savings accounts has […]

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Expert Opinion: Adding India to your ISA now could help you save for decades

21 March 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Mentioning demographics when one talks about India almost seems redundant – so obvious an advantage does that country have. Yet with a population of around 1.3 billion; a growing, youthful workforce; and a swelling middle class, it’s also impossible not to highlight the long-term potential. UK equity funds form the core of most people’s ISA […]

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“A serious threat to living standards” – experts give their view on the rise in inflation

21 March 2017

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The Consumer Price index has risen to 2.3% compared with 1.8% in January with the Office for National Statistics attributing much of the rise to higher transport costs. The rate in February 2017 was the highest since September 2013, having steadily increased since late 2015. Rising transport costs, particularly for fuel, were the main contributors […]

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Sponsored post – New guide to help ISA investors break £762 billion cash stranglehold

20 March 2017

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Good With Money has published a guide to stocks and shares ISAs, aimed at people with little experience of stock market investing. According to investment platform Selftrade from Equiniti, co-sponsor of the guide, some £762 billion of Brits’ savings sits in cash, and only 26 per cent have any investments at all. Just 12 per […]

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Residential care home bills costing between £50,000 and £93,000 eating up half the value of homes in some areas

20 March 2017

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The typical person entering residential care will face total bills of between £50,000 and £93,000 depending on where they live according to research from Royal London. Variations in house prices around the UK mean that this could amount to anything from 18% to 56% of the value of the average house.   For residents in the […]

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Expert Opinion: The signs are there for the end of the expansion but they are not very strong

17 March 2017 by Chris Iggo

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No-one really seems to have enjoyed the current economic expansion and now, because it has been going on for several years, some are worrying about the end. The typical end of cycle signs are there – rising inflation, higher interest rates, leverage and overvalued financial assets. But, really, they are all quite tepid. The Federal […]

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Five key questions about the US interest rate rise

17 March 2017

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A. J Bell’s investment direction Russ Mould considers the implications of the third 0.25% interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve. He looks at the five key questions, all of which have implications for the US and global economies and therefore investment portfolios 1) What degree of interest rate increase has historically been needed […]

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