Personal finance

Racing to victory

As May calls a snap general election, is it time to buy British stocks?

  • Should everybody get a handout from the state?
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.


Can you get your inheritance back after being cut out of a will?

If you feel you’ve been unfairly cut out of a will, you might have a chance of making a claim and inheriting anyway. Emma Lunn reports.

Do you need life insurance?

Life insurance can offer vital protection for your family if the worst happens. So how do you work out whether you should have it, what policy to get, and how much cover you need?

Diversify your nationality – get a second passport

The rush for passports after the Brexit vote may have been hasty – but “political diversification” makes sense, and not just for tax purposes. Merryn Somerset Webb explains.

Were you mis-sold your house?

Many homebuyers come to regret their purchases. But if they were mis-sold, is there anything they can do about it? Emma Lunn explains.

Brace yourself for a VAT hike

From 1 April, reforms to the flat-rate VAT scheme will cost businesses ranging from accountants to hairdressers almost £200m a year.

Act now to make the most of tax breaks

It’s important to use pension allowances before you lose them, says David Prosser.

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