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Ruth Jackson-Kirby

Making a will online in the age of Covid
Personal finance

Making a will online in the age of Covid

The pandemic has propelled the procedure of making a will into the digital age – but beware.
15 Sep 2020
The stamp-duty stampede
Personal finance

The stamp-duty stampede

There has been a surge in people wanting to move house before the stamp duty holiday ends next year.
11 Sep 2020
Make sure you insure your UK holiday
Travel insurance

Make sure you insure your UK holiday

If you're holidaying in the UK, it still makes sense to take out travel insurance.
8 Sep 2020
How to fight the fraudsters coming for your pension pot
Personal finance

How to fight the fraudsters coming for your pension pot

Investment and pension scams have proliferated during lockdown. Here’s how to protect yourself.
8 Sep 2020
Child trust funds are about to bring a windfall for teenagers
Savings accounts for children

Child trust funds are about to bring a windfall for teenagers

The first child trust funds are maturing in September, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby. But what should teenagers do with the money?
31 Aug 2020
Prepare for PPI part 2
Personal finance

Prepare for PPI part 2

The payment protection insurance saga is heading for a sequel.
18 Aug 2020
Four of the best apps to help you manage your money
Personal finance

Four of the best apps to help you manage your money

These four tools will help you to cut your bills, track your spending, save up, and even file your tax return.
11 Aug 2020
How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds
Corporate bonds

How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds

As investors in restaurant chain Chilango's burrito bonds face losing all their money, MoneyWeek’s warning to steer clear of mini-bonds proved prescie…
3 Aug 2020
NS&I: a safe home for savings
Savings

NS&I: a safe home for savings

State-backed National Savings & Investments is ready to accept much more money and offers some of the highest interest rates.
28 Jul 2020
Want a pet? Watch out – they are a pricey proposition
Personal finance

Want a pet? Watch out – they are a pricey proposition

Dog and cat ownership is booming. But before you invest in a furry friend, consider how much it costs to buy, feed, care for and insure one.
22 Jul 2020
Covid-19 has caused a spike in divorce – here's how to cope
Personal finance

Covid-19 has caused a spike in divorce – here's how to cope

Lockdown has caused a spike in people filing for divorce. But splitting up involves some arduous administrative tasks. Here's what to do.
14 Jul 2020
Look beyond cash Isas to stocks and shares
Stocks and shares ISAs

Look beyond cash Isas to stocks and shares

Interest rates on cash Isa accounts are too low and stocks do better over the long term. Consider a stocks and shares Isa instead.
7 Jul 2020
Beware these post-Covid travel insurance traps
Travel insurance

Beware these post-Covid travel insurance traps

Post-Covid-19 travel-insurance policies are riddled with exemptions, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
27 Jun 2020
Are you due a refund on your inheritance tax bill?
Inheritance tax

Are you due a refund on your inheritance tax bill?

If you’ve paid inheritance tax recently, you may well be due some of your money back. Here’s how to tell
23 Jun 2020
How to navigate the probate process
Personal finance

How to navigate the probate process

Death can create a great deal of paperwork. Here’s what to do if you need to apply for probate.
15 Jun 2020
How to deal with credit-card debt
Credit cards

How to deal with credit-card debt

Feeling the pinch? There are cheaper options than a payment holiday if you owe money on your credit cards.
7 Jun 2020
Don’t count on a holiday abroad this year
Personal finance

Don’t count on a holiday abroad this year

With travel firms offering big discounts, people have rushed to grab a bargain. But it is unlikely Britons will be able to holiday overseas this year.
5 Jun 2020
How to protect your online passwords
Personal finance

How to protect your online passwords

There are several ways to help prevent cyber-criminals from accessing your online accounts, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
3 Jun 2020
Beware airlines’ cancellation refund ruses
Personal finance

Beware airlines’ cancellation refund ruses

The battle for refunds for cancelled holidays rumbles on.
1 Jun 2020
Beware: mortgage payment holidays could cost you
Mortgages

Beware: mortgage payment holidays could cost you

Taking a break from mortgage or credit-card debt could ultimately cost you more in extra interest than the money you save.
26 May 2020
New grants for the self-employed
Small business

New grants for the self-employed

Self-employed workers can now apply for government support if their income has been affected by Covid-19.
22 May 2020
How to fight the Covid-19 fraudsters
Personal finance

How to fight the Covid-19 fraudsters

Scammers have been quick to exploit people’s fear and uncertainty in the crisis. Here’s how to avoid them.
19 May 2020
Interest rates are dwindling fast
Bank accounts

Interest rates are dwindling fast

Banks and building societies are continuing to slash the interest rates on their current and savings accounts.
15 May 2020
How to beat the holiday refund rip-off
Personal finance

How to beat the holiday refund rip-off

Travel firms have been reluctant to give money back for cancelled trips. Here’s what to do if you’re affected.
11 May 2020
Lifetime Isa penalty cut offers a crisis lifeline
Personal finance

Lifetime Isa penalty cut offers a crisis lifeline

The withdrawal penalty on lifetime individual savings accounts has been cut in an attempt to help struggling savers.
8 May 2020
Credit card tips to get you through the crisis
Credit cards

Credit card tips to get you through the crisis

Getting your money back, taking a break from payments and a safer place to leave your airmiles.
5 May 2020
Covid-19: don’t miss out on child benefit
Personal finance

Covid-19: don’t miss out on child benefit

If the Covid-19 lockdown has affected your family income, you should check if it’s worth claiming child benefit.
2 May 2020
Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites
Alternative finance

Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites

The increased risk that goes with the supercharged returns from P2P lending is coming to the fore.
24 Apr 2020
The best savings accounts
Savings

The best savings accounts

If you're not getting much interest on your savings, you may want to consider switching your account. Here are the savings accounts offering the best …
24 Apr 2020
A list of financial housekeeping to keep you busy during lockdown
Personal finance

A list of financial housekeeping to keep you busy during lockdown

The coronavirus crisis creates the chance to tackle chores such as reviewing our car insurance and lowering inheritance tax bills
20 Apr 2020
What can you do while the housing market is on ice?
Property

What can you do while the housing market is on ice?

Ruth Jackson-Kirby answers a few pressing questions about the current situation in the housing market.
17 Apr 2020
Make the most of the UK's holiday from debt
Personal finance

Make the most of the UK's holiday from debt

Loans and credit card payments may be frozen for three months, but you will still have to cut your borrowing.
14 Apr 2020
Why lockdown makes writing a will almost impossible
Personal finance

Why lockdown makes writing a will almost impossible

The government is exploring ways to relax the rules on writing wills so people can get their affairs in order.
11 Apr 2020
Beware: a mortgage holiday is not free cash
Mortgages

Beware: a mortgage holiday is not free cash

You are piling up debt for the future if you pause your mortgage payments, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
6 Apr 2020
A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year
Tax

A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year

The end of the tax year is nigh. You have until midnight on 5 April to take advantage of various tax allowances or risk losing them.
3 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: how to get your money back if your holiday is cancelled
Personal finance

Coronavirus: how to get your money back if your holiday is cancelled

Have you had an upcoming holiday cancelled because of coronavirus? Ruth Jackson-Kirby explains how to get your cash back.
1 Apr 2020