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.


Don’t use your pension to buy a house

The frankly stupid idea that pension-fund cash should be available to be used for a house has reared its ugly head again. It should be fiercely resisted, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Millions fall foul of pensions contributions rule

Almost a million savers could face punitive tax charges on their pension contributions because they have unwittingly triggered a substantial reduction in their annual contributions allowance.

Equity release: handle with care

Make sure you are getting the right equity release product and are choosing from all the available options.

Does owning an electric car make financial sense?

The idea of owning an electric car seems appealing. But what are the financial practicalities of buying and running one?

Pension savings shortfall among the self employed

Almost two-thirds of self-employed people currently have no pension savings, while more than a quarter aren’t making any savings at all

How to buy your own racehorse

The best way to buy a racehorse is to join a syndicate or racing club and buy a stake in your own racehorse, says Emma Lunn. But do it for the love of it, not the profits.

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