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Ruth Jackson-Kirby

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Getting divorced? Here's how to make sure you don't get stung by the taxman

Many couples divorce in January. But if you do decide to separate from your spouse, don’t get caught out by HMRC.
22 Jan 2020
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Savers could gain an extra £260m a year

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may mandate a set rate for easy-access savings accounts that could be worth up to £260m a year for savers.
21 Jan 2020
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Self-assessment: don’t miss the deadline for online tax returns

If you are self-employed, rent out a property or earn income from savings, investments and dividends, you need to fill in a tax return. And the deadli…
13 Jan 2020
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New year, new you: resolve to get your finances in order

For most of us, the New Year heralds plans to get fit, eat better and generally be a better human. But have you thought about what you could do to imp…
13 Jan 2020
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How to keep your money safe from scammers

There are millions of scams attempted every year, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby. Shield your cash with these simple but crucial tips.
9 Jan 2020
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Pensions: Vanguard sparks a Sipp price war

Fund giant Vanguard is poised to shake up the Sipp market with the cheapest offering on record.
17 Dec 2019
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Mini-bonds could spell big trouble for small investors

Investors have been seduced by the high interest rates on mini-bonds, but they’re not as safe as they seem.
11 Dec 2019
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How to cut your car insurance premiums

Customers end up paying more for the convenience of price comparison sites, but there are still ways to reduce your car insurance premiums.
3 Dec 2019
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Personal finance

Don’t give your children toys for Xmas, give money

If you give your children or grandchildren fashionable toys for Christmas they’ll soon forget about them – so put some money to work for them instead.
26 Nov 2019
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Personal finance

Beware of cash Isa scams

Fraudsters have been targeting savers by offering unrealistically high interest rates on cash Isas.
19 Nov 2019
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How to protect your home from burglars

As the days get shorter, burglars get busier. But there are simple steps you can take to guard your property.
12 Nov 2019
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Keep an eye on pension fees

If you have invested in a private pension, just make sure you aren’t eroding your returns by paying hefty fees.
12 Nov 2019
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Personal finance

Time to remortgage? Make sure you shop around

Forget being loyal to your lender when you remortgage – the best deals are often only offered to new customers.
5 Nov 2019
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How to pick up foreign cash on the cheap

Ruth Jackson-Kirby outlines several hassle-free options for getting foreign cash that will keep your holiday costs down.
29 Oct 2019
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Personal finance

Is it time for you to get a new energy deal?

You may well be paying too much for your gas and electricity. But finding a cheaper energy deal isn’t difficult and could save you a lot of money.
22 Oct 2019
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Personal finance

Child Trust Funds: where is your child’s cash?

Your offspring may have a child trust fund tucked away. If so, their money is being consumed by fees
15 Oct 2019
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Personal finance

Why you should write a will – and how to do it for free

Most of us haven’t written one. But it’s crucial that you leave your financial affairs in order when you die.
8 Oct 2019
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What to do if Thomas Cook has left you stranded

The Thomas Cook collapse has sparked the largest repatriation of British citizens since World War II. Here’s what you need to know.
26 Sep 2019
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How to cut the cost of private education

You needn’t be an oligarch or an aristocrat to get your child into a top fee-paying school. Ruth Jackson-Kirby explains how you may be able to get a p…
24 Sep 2019
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Are packaged bank accounts worth paying for?

Packaged bank accounts can be very convenient, but do your sums carefully to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
17 Sep 2019
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Beware the hidden costs of holiday car hire

Car hire firms can chase you for money long after you thought you had paid for your holiday.
10 Sep 2019
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Pension freedoms and payday lenders could be the new PPI

The deadline for new PPI claims has passed. But that doesn’t mean you’ve heard the last of claims management firms.
10 Sep 2019
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How to make sure you're not paying too much for financial advice

Finding suitable and cost-effective professional help with your finances is hard work. Here's how to go about it.
3 Sep 2019
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Personal finance

How to trim the cost of train travel

Fares will jump yet again next year, but there are several ways to save money. Ruth Jackson-Kirby explains.
26 Aug 2019
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Personal finance

The benefits of sitting tight with your savings

Agreeing to lock up your cash can boost the interest rate on your savings significantly. Ruth Jackson-Kirby reports.
20 Aug 2019
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Don’t miss the PPI claims deadline

Make sure you file your compensation claim for mis-sold payment protection insurance by 29 August. 
13 Aug 2019
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Train delayed? Get your money back

Too few of us pursue compensation for train delays. Ruth Jackson-Kirby explains how to get some cash back.
6 Aug 2019
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How to avoid the pension scammers

Savers lose £4bn a year to pension scammers. Keep a sharp lookout for their favourite ruses.
31 Jul 2019
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How to make sure your travel insurance doesn't let you down

Make sure your travel insurance covers enough to prevent a holiday mishap from becoming a disaster.
23 Jul 2019
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Prepare for big changes to inheritance tax

Inheritance tax – Britain’s most detested tax – is set for an overhaul.
17 Jul 2019
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Personal finance

The home-cover rip-off

As is so often the case when it comes to insurance, says Ruth Jackson, it really doesn’t pay to be loyal to your provider.
22 Apr 2019
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Stranded abroad? Don’t wing it

Holidays from hell needn’t cost you the earth, says Ruth Jackson. A package deal provides the best protection.
16 Apr 2019
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Personal finance

Delegate the search for the best energy deal

There is help to find the best energy deal for people who never get round to switching provider.
9 Apr 2019
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Parents are missing out on tax-free childcare

Take-up of the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme has been “dire” – ensure you claim what you can.
2 Apr 2019
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An idyllic spot in the Lake District

If you fancy an active break in the British countryside, Ruth Jackson has found the perfect location.
29 Mar 2019
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Personal finance

How to find lost shares

There could be some money out there with your name on it. Here’s how to track down lost shares that you may have bought and forgotten about.
26 Mar 2019
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