Savings

Do you have a child trust fund? Switch now

Merryn Somerset Webb explains why parents should take advantage of the new rules to convert their Child Trust Funds into Jisas.

Get a better return with a 'regular saver' account

If you’re putting aside money every month and want a good rate on it, a regular savings account could help. Cris Sholto Heaton picks the best.

Is this the end for 'free' banking?

Has ‘free’ banking had its day? Merryn Somerset Webb investigates, and looks at the best bank accounts for those willing to pay.

The 'disruptive innovators' making waves in finance

Everywhere you look, the finance sector is undergoing fast-paced change. That’s great news for investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Saving is not as simple as you might think

Choosing a savings account should be easy. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, the reality is more complicated.

Forget pensioner bonds – if Osborne really wanted to boost Britain, he’d do this

Pensioner bonds are a terrible idea, says Bengt Saelensminde – and morally wrong to boot. Here’s a much better idea for George Osborne to consider.

Osborne digs deep with the new pensioner bonds

Merryn Somerset Webb explains why retirees should let the chancellor buy their affection with the new pensioner bonds.

How George Osborne helped small-cap investors in 2014

By making Aim stocks eligible for tax-free Isas, George Osborne has really increased the potential returns for investors, says David Thornton.

Why I’m not excited about Osborne’s 'pensioner bonds'

Ignore the hype surrounding George Osborne’s ‘pensioner bonds’, says David Thornton. Investing in penny shares makes much better sense.

Inheritance tax: Turning a dream into hard cash

George Osborne has come up with some clever ways to hobble inheritance tax, says Merryn Somserset Webb.

Autumn Statement: Osborne overhauls stamp duty, Isas and pensions

Kam Patel examines the main points of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, in which he revamped stamp duty and made changes to Isas and pensions.

Fund managers need bringing back down to earth

Fund managers should remember that they are responsible for the finances not of financial advisers and pension funds, but of ordinary people.

Learn the moral of this banking horror story

Transferring money to someone else’s bank account by mistake is easily done, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it’s a lot harder to fix.

Why everyone should have an Isa

The new individual savings account is a great way to shield your investments from tax, says David Thornton. There really is no excuse not to have one.

Don’t listen to Mark Carney’s ‘forward guidance’

Following the Bank of England’s ‘forecasts’ is, at best, pointless, says Bengt Saelensminde. But it can also be very damaging to your wealth.

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