Savings

George Osborne, anarchist

Trying to stay one step ahead of the financial industry is a losing battle, says Bengt Saelensminde. It’s time for a novel approach.

Go for quality when investing, not just the tax advantages

Investing solely for tax purposes can end up costing you dearly, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Cash Isas: Get a better rate on your savings

The times when savers could easily get more than 5% in a cash Isa are long gone. So keeping an eye on the top deals and switching accounts as necessary is critical. Here’s how to make the best of a bad situation.

Funds Isas: How to pick the best platform for you

Picking an Isa to hold your funds can be simple if you go about it the right way. There are dozens of platforms, but only a handful will offer the best deal.

Stocks & shares Isas: It pays to compare brokers

Many investors use the same broker for all their investments. But that could be expensive. It’s worth considering separate brokers for funds Isas, and for stocks and shares.

Now you can pop Aim shares into your Isa too

Last August, the government finally allowed Aim stocks to being held in an Isa. This has made stocks on the UK’s smaller companies board especially attractive from a tax perspective.

Adventurous investing: Spice up your Isa with exotic investments

You don’t just have to put shares in your Isa. You can buy a number of other asset classes, including some you might never have thought of as investments.

Sipps: Take control of your pension

If you’ve filled your Isa for the year and think the added tax relief is worth the restrictions, a self-invested personal pension (Sipp) may be worth considering.

Isas make sense – so act quickly

If you’re one of the many investors who don’t yet use an Isa, you might want to reconsider. If so, make sure that you act quickly – you have until 5 April 2014 if you want to make use of this year’s allowance.

Osborne gives savers a boost

Changes to tax-free savings accounts announced in the Budget are good news for savers.

A good budget for investors

Changes to pensions and individual savings accounts (Isas) has made this Budget the best in years, says John Stepek.

I’m shocked to be saying it – but this was a great Budget for investors

This year’s Budget contained a few happy surprises. John Stepek explains what that means for investors and savers.

Budget 2014: huge revolution in Isas and pensions

George Osborne surprised just about everyone with substantial changes to pensions and Isas. Ed Bowsher looks at what’s new.

Budget 2014: The headlines

Ed Bowsher runs through the main points of today’s Budget statement, and looks at how they will affect you.

Get a step ahead of the taxman

With spring arriving, tax may be the last thing on your mind. However, with a bit of thoughtful and intelligent planning you can make sure you don’t end up paying more tax than you have to. Matthew Partridge looks at the best ways to save tax-free.

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