Personal finance

Power to the people

What May's "Red Tory" manifesto means for you

  • When money's too important to leave to Mammon
When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa or pension, there are several investment platforms or online brokers to choose from, all offering different fee structures to suit varying individual investing habits.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.


Investments that help cut inheritance tax

Investing in companies that qualify for business property relief can reduce costs when your estate is passed on. Richard Beddard selects seven of the best.

Avoid this long-term fix

Looking your money away for seven years won’t give you the best return on our cash, says Ruth Jackson.

Investing in your child’s education

The cost of a university education is soaring and parents often foot the bill. It’s important to begin planning for this as early as possible, says Emma Lunn.

Short-changed by the state

Many retirees are in for a rude shock when it comes to qualifying for the new state pension headline rate, says David Prosser.

Cutting the cost of saving

Investors have long waited for politicians to cut the cost of saving, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Now the market is doing that itself.

The thorny electoral problem of “the rich”

Tax-hungry politicians like to target the rich. But defining who qualifies as rich is tricky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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