Savings

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.

The one problem with Isas, and how to avoid it

Isas are marvellous – apart from one thing. Pass them on to your heirs and they’ll pay inheritance tax. But there is a way around this, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Innovative Isas finally take off

Last year, new innovative finance individual savings accounts (IF Isas) failed to make a mark, says David Prosser. This year will be different.

A Christmas boost for the Lisa

Tired of turkey, 50 people opened a lifetime individual savings account on Christmas, says David Prosser – glad tidings to Lisa supporters.

Why open banking could be a boon for fraudsters

Open banking has arrived and with it a slew of apps aiming to help you to use these new rules to improve your budgeting habits. Just watch out for crooks.

What you need to know about joint accounts

Joint bank accounts can be useful for paying bills, says Ruth Jackson. But they can also come with their own set of problems.

Take advantage of flexible Isas

Ruth Jackson explains why it’s worth taking advantage of the flexibility these products offer.

Barclays stockbroking: not so smart

Barclays has managed to infuriate thousands of its customers with the launch of its new stockbroking service. Here’s what to do it if affects you.

Don’t abandon cash Isas

People are abandoning cash Isas in their droves since the introduction of the personal savings allowance. But abandoning cash Isas completely is a mistake that could leave you facing a tax bill in the future.

The apps that save behind your back

Ben Judge looks at the best apps on the market to help you save for the future.

Stocks and shares Lisa market becomes more competitive

AJ Bell is the latest mainstream broker to introduce a stocks and shares lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), It becomes the fourth investment platform to launch a Lisa, after Hargreaves Lansdown, Nutmeg and The Share Centre.

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