Personal finance

Pensions victory for same-sex couples

A Supreme Court victory for a retired businessman who argued that the UK’s pensions legislation discriminated against same-sex couples paves the way for thousands of gay couples to claim improved [...]

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

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.


Savers opt for pensions freedom

Almost a third of savers using income-drawdown plans to access their pension take no financial advice before doing so, according to the Financial Conduct Authority.

The apps that save behind your back

Ben Judge looks at the best apps on the market to help you save for the future.

Will you be forced to pay for pension advice?

Thousands of pension savers will avoid having to pay for mandatory financial advice following a government initiative aimed at those on small pots of retirement cash.

Watch out for mortgage fees

A battle to get to the top of the best-buy tables has seen mortgage interest rates plummet, says Ruth Jackson. But don’t presume the option with the lowest interest rate is the cheapest deal.

Tenants to bid for rental properties

Househunters will be asked to bid against one another to “win” a rental property if they use a property auction service that has recently launched in the UK.

Make student loans what they effectively are: a tax

The student loans system is systematically flawed. We should call a spade a spade, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and make it a tax.

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