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Fuji X-T30 – an excellent budget camera

The Fuji X-T30 will meet the demands of most photography enthusiasts, says Matthew Partridge.
26 Apr 2019
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Trump’s budget is a wily political move

The US president gears up for negotiations with budgets that have no hope of passing. Emily Hohler reports.
21 Mar 2019
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Budget: the devil in the detail

The drier aspects of the Budget don’t make the headlines, but can have a big impact on your money, says Ruth Jackson.
9 Nov 2018
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Property

Some rare good news for landlords

Two property-related changes you might have missed in last week's Budget, along with a rare good-news story for landlords.
9 Nov 2018
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Hammond puts Britain in the fast lane to recovery

Last week’s Budget pleased nobody. But in a few years’ time we may look back on it as the point when the clouds started to lift, says Max King.
8 Nov 2018
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How the Budget affects SMEs

Monday’s Budget, though not quite as dramatic as some expected, contained several measures that are relevant to small businesses.
2 Nov 2018
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Economy

Austerity may be ending, but we still have huge debts to pay off

The chancellor tried to present a cheerful picture of Britain’s finances in his budget speech this week, says John Stepek. But the national debt hasn’…
1 Nov 2018
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Economy

The national debt really does matter

From the Budget, you'd think Britain's growing national debt won't have any consequences, says Merryn Somerset Webb – despite history suggesting other…
1 Nov 2018

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The message from the Budget: this one’s for the little people

The Budget contained very little of interest, says John Stepek. But it did point to where we’re heading politically – and that’s in a direction that s…
30 Oct 2018
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Pensions are for your retirement, not for a rainy day

The point of saving into a pension is that you can’t get the money until you retire. The chancellor should resist the temptation to relax the rules on…
29 Oct 2018
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Here’s what to expect from today’s Budget

John Stepek gives a rundown on Philip Hammond’s Budget later today, and how it might affect your pocket.
29 Oct 2018
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Economy

Watch out for next week's Budget

The Chancellor will be on the hunt for more money in next week's Budget, says Merryn Somerset Webb. There's every chance he could come knocking at you…
25 Oct 2018
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Economy

Rates relief for smaller businesses

Many smaller companies will pay less in business rates than expected next year, thanks to a last-minute concession announced in the Budget.
8 Dec 2017
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A surprise boost for start-ups

The government's crackdown on low-risk assets vying for venture cash is good news for small business owners, says David Prosser.
1 Dec 2017
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Economy

How the Budget will affect you

The Budget may have been boring. But as Ruth Jackson explains, for pensioners that's a good thing.
1 Dec 2017
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Economy

Buy-to-let investors need to do their sums

In his recent Budget, Philip Hammond promised there will be “more maths for everyone”. That’s going to be especially true for buy-to-let investors, sa…
27 Nov 2017
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Economy

Hammond's fiddling sees him through

The chancellor can't have been looking forward to the Budget this week, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But in the end, it wasn't so bad.
23 Nov 2017
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Economy

Budget 2017: it could have been worse

Yesterday's Budget was largely uncontroversial, with the chancellor not dropping any obvious clangers. John Stepek casts his eye over the main points,…
23 Nov 2017
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Economy

What’s on the cards for next week’s Budget?

Emily Hohler looks ahead to the chancellor's Budget speech next week.
17 Nov 2017
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Economy

Hammond backs down on tax rise for self-employed

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced to backpedal on his plans to raise national insurance contributions for the self-employed.
17 Mar 2017
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Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial plannin…
17 Mar 2017
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Economy

The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet

The self employed shouldn’t relax yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. One way or another, Philip Hammond will be back to tax them.
15 Mar 2017
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Economy

How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions

The solution to all the fuss over National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is simple, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We all pay the same tax…
14 Mar 2017
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Economy

Hammond's boring Budget speech promises very little

The vote to leave the EU gave the chancellor a very good excuse to do very little in what he promises was his last spring Budget.
10 Mar 2017
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Economy

A bad, boring Budget

Philip Hammond's first spring Budget contained very little of any interest, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
9 Mar 2017
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The Budget was boring – and that was a huge mistake

The chancellor had a golden opportunity to simplify Britain’s tax system yesterday. But all he did was tinker around the edges. It’s time to be bold, …
9 Mar 2017
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Here’s what the chancellor should do today

At almost ten million words, the UK tax code is the world’s longest and most incomprehensible. Today, the chancellor has a real opportunity to change …
8 Mar 2017
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Top up your pension NOW

If you can to up your pension before tomorrow’s Budget, do it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
7 Mar 2017
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Economy

“What’s in the box?” – it’s Budget time again

It's that time of year again when the chancellor lays out his public spending plans. John Stepek looks ahead to the Budget speech, and asks what's in …
6 Mar 2017
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The madness of high-earners’ pension rules

The pensions relief taper is the most stupid, the most complicated, and the worst thought out personal finance policy ever, says Merryn Somerset Webb.…
6 Mar 2017
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Economy

Time to tackle executive pay

The government's plans to tackle unfair lettings fees is a good start, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Now let's move on to executive pay.
1 Dec 2016
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Hammond’s first and last Autumn Statement

John Stepek explains what the Autumn Statement means for your wealth, and looks at which companies are set to benefit, and which are set to lose out.
24 Nov 2016
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Economy

The government is coming for your money

Britain's finances are in a bad way. Somebody is going to have to pay for that, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That person is likely to be you.
24 Nov 2016
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An underwhelming Autumn Statement – and that's probably for the best

Philip Hammond managed to underwhelm pretty much everyone with his first Autumn Statement. And that’s probably just as well. But he did have one very …
24 Nov 2016
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Economy

The Autumn Statement – business as usual

Philip Hammond’s first budget was, to a great extent, business as usual , says John Stepek. Here, he goes through the main points and explains what it…
23 Nov 2016
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Economy

What will the new chancellor's first Budget mean for you?

John Stepek looks at what hints have been dropped about Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement, what he’s likely to do, and how that could affect you.
22 Nov 2016
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Will Philip Hammond sort out the rich’s pension problems?

People don’t think the rich have suffered under austerity. But they’ve been hit with plenty of stealth tax rises, says Merryn Somerset Webb – especial…
21 Nov 2016
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Donald Trump, the central bankers' champion

Central bankers have been asking for years for a little help from their governments, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Donald Trump is going to give it to th…
17 Nov 2016
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Economy

Sugar levy: Why tax our pop?

George Osborne is to slap a new levy on fizzy drinks. The idea is to discourage unhealthy habits that lead to obesity. Will it work? Simon Wilson repo…
27 Mar 2016
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Yet another snub for buy-to-letters

Last week’s Budget contained yet more bad news for the buy-to-let sector. Big landlords will now be subject to the new “second home” stamp duty surcha…
25 Mar 2016
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Economy

Cutting the deficit: Osborne’s plans just don’t add up

The chancellor’s plans to eliminate the deficit were always going to come unstuck, says Jolyon Maugham. It’s a matter of simple arithmetic.
21 Mar 2016
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Central banks can’t save the world. Can governments?

The task of preventing deflation and stimulating growth will soon be passed from central banks back to governments, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s …
21 Mar 2016
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George Osborne has sent the UK’s investors some very clear messages

The Budget didn’t tell us much about the big picture for the UK over the next few years. But amid the confusion, Osborne sent investors some very clea…
17 Mar 2016
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Economy

Carry on Osborne – a romp through the Budget

John Stepek runs through the main points of the Budget – and catches up on the rather more important stuff happening on the other side of the Atlantic…
17 Mar 2016
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Economy

What Budget 2016 means for the UK economy

Matthew Partridge looks at how the measures George Osborne announced in the Budget will affect Britain’s economy.
16 Mar 2016
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Economy

Lifetime Isas, CGT and corporation tax: the main points of the Budget

In his eighth Budget as chancellor, George Osborne announced a new “Lifetime Isa”, reduced corporation tax, and raised personal tax thresholds. Here a…
16 Mar 2016
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Economy

The Budget: what you need to know before George Osborne stands up

A crackdown on corporate tax dodgers, announcements on the Northern Powerhouse, and perhaps some tinkering with pensions. John Stepek takes a look at …
16 Mar 2016
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Economy

The best thing George Osborne could do this Wednesday

The Budget is a toxic political pantomime. The best thing George Osborne could do, says John Stepek, is to give it a rest for a year.
14 Mar 2016
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Personal finance

Don't get too relaxed about your pension

George Osborne might leave pensions alone for now, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But don't count on it staying that way.
10 Mar 2016