Savings

Cutting the cost of saving

Investors have long waited for politicians to cut the cost of saving, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Now the market is doing that itself.

Don’t ignore the niche savings providers

A new tribe of savings providers have thrown down the gauntlet to more established players in the market with a raft of eye-catching fixed interest rates.

Should you buy the new NS&I bond?

Ruth Jackson looks into whether you should put your money into the new fixed-rate savings bond from National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

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 planning.

IF Isas: a slow start for innovative finance

The innovative finance (IF) Isa was announced two years ago, says Ben Judge. But it’s been slow progress since then.

Software for stock pickers

Online tools make it much easier to analyse potential investments. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the options.

Advice and tips from a beginner who set out alone

Investing can make a rewarding hobby – but go carefully, especially if you’re managing others’ money too.

A leg-up onto the property ladder with an Isa

You can save for a new home with help-to-buy or lifetime Isas. Which is best, asks Emma Lunn.

What has Lisa got to offer?

The new kid on the block offers a generous incentive to save and may even come to replace pensions, says David Prosser.

Building your own fund portfolio

Investing doesn’t need to be left to the experts – with a little common sense most people can make their own decisions.

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