At current prices, it takes 232 ounces of gold to buy the average UK house – up 60% in the last three years. Here, Dominic Frisby compares the two markets.
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For years home buyers took out big mortgages knowing inflation will ease the burden of repayment. That no longer makes quite the same sense, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Investors’ appetite for stocks is nothing compared with their love for property. But anyone expecting big gains from bricks and mortar could end up very disappointed, says Matthew Partridge.
Those lucky enough to be “asset-rich and cash-poor” might be better off selling up and using the money to fund their retirement, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
We need to persuade old people to downsize, and free up family homes for younger people. But the Tories’ latest inheritance tax plan will do exactly the opposite, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
‘Empty-nest’ retirees have been blamed for contributing to Britain’s housing shortage, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But the new pensions rules may fix that.
Lower house prices won’t affect the quality of life of the retired, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it would make a world of difference to the young.
Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s March’s take on the major asset classes.
First-time buyers have nothing to fear from pensioners, says Merryn Somerset Webb – despite what some vested-interests say.
Using crowdfunding to buy property to let is tempting, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it carries an awful lot of risk.