Personal finance

When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa or pension, there are several investment platforms or online brokers to choose from, all offering different fee structures to suit varying individual investing habits.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.


More good news on house prices – there’s no sign of them picking up soon

House prices are cooling off. Many want to pin the blame on Brexit. But there’s more to it than that. John Stepek explains what’s going on with Britain’s property market.

When should you retire?

Schedule your retirement party, but your financial options take more thinking about.

Lisas limp on, but savers are missing out

Lifetime individual saving accounts have hardly been a roaring success. In the 2017-2018 tax year, the average contribution was £3,114 per account, £400 lower than expected.

Gifts that keep giving

Christmas presents needn’t be disposable tat, says Ruth Jackson. Here are some great gifts that will last.

Votes for women and the rise of the welfare state

Since women got the vote a century ago, we have developed a more progressive tax system and a transferred more wealth to the less well-off. That’s no coincidence, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

VCTs in short supply for pension investors

People looking for a tax-efficient place to invest their pension funds may be disappointed, says David Prosser.

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