Savings

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

How Islamic savings accounts work

Islamic savings accounts can sometimes offer table-topping rates to savers, explains Emma Lunn.

Cash in with the “current account circuit”

Ruth Jackson explains how the juggling money between high-interest current accounts, could earn you an average 3% interest on up to £17,000 of money, retaining instant access.

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.

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.

Don’t ignore the niche savings providers

A new tribe of savings providers have thrown down the gauntlet to more established players in the market with a raft of eye-catching fixed interest rates.

Should you buy the new NS&I bond?

Ruth Jackson looks into whether you should put your money into the new fixed-rate savings bond from National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial planning.

IF Isas: a slow start for innovative finance

The innovative finance (IF) Isa was announced two years ago, says Ben Judge. But it’s been slow progress since then.

Software for stock pickers

Online tools make it much easier to analyse potential investments. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the options.

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