Personal finance

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Self employed tax

A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020
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Small business

Small business loans: how best to finance your firm's assets

Banks won’t lend much to small businesses, but there are plenty of other sources of cash.
4 Mar 2020
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Mortgages

Overpay your mortgage to cut thousands off the cost of your home

If you overpay your mortgage every month you could knock years off your repayment period and save thousands on the cost of your home.
3 Mar 2020
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Stocks and shares ISAs

Online Isa & Sipp providers cost comparison table

Below is a breakdown of the charges levied by some of the most popular online Isa platforms for funds and stocks & shares. Click on the broker name to…
28 Feb 2020
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Pensions

Have you been paid too much pension by mistake?

If your pension provider messes up and pays you more pension than you’re entitled to, you will almost always have to give it back. However, there are …
27 Feb 2020
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Bank accounts

Smartphone banking: why you should dial into digital banks

Smartphone banking is taking off. And no wonder: it is convenient and comes with features that help you budget and save.
26 Feb 2020
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Pension tax

Why it makes sense to scrap higher-rate pensions tax relief

The point of pensions tax relief is to keep you out of the means-tested benefits system. The current system is ridiculously generous, says Merryn Some…
24 Feb 2020
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The MoneyWeek Podcast

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Dominic Frisby on tax

John talks to comedian, author and pop sensation Dominic Frisby about his new book on tax.
20 Feb 2020
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Personal finance

Why you should probably set up a lasting power of attorney

You will need someone to run your affairs if you become incapable of doing so yourself – that's where a lasting power of attorney comes in.
18 Feb 2020
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Property

Living on a houseboat: the pros and cons of a floating home

Living on a houseboat sounds romantic and peaceful. But it’s not as straightforward as it looks, says Nicole Garcia Merida
14 Feb 2020
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State pensions

How much extra state pension you will get if you delay claiming it

If you delay claiming your state pension by a year or two you could end up much better off in retirement.
13 Feb 2020
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Credit cards

Why it sometimes makes sense to buy using your credit card

There are several reasons to consider paying with a credit card, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby. Here are just a few.
13 Feb 2020
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Equity release

Equity release: how to tap your house for cash

The pros and cons of releasing equity from your home compared with moving to a smaller one
10 Feb 2020
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Personal finance

Don't leave a financial mess after you die – make a will

More than half of us haven’t written a will, which means we could be leaving behind an administrative nightmare when we go.
5 Feb 2020
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Personal finance

Pass on your pension without paying inheritance tax

The 2015 pension reforms make it easier for you to ensure your heirs avoid inheritance tax when you die
29 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Pension contributions: what you need to declare on your tax return

Make sure you don't forget to declare your pension contributions in your tax return
28 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Act now to beat the spring remortgage rush

Many homeowners will see their bills jump in April as competitive mortgage deals expire. Find a new one now.
28 Jan 2020
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Pensions

Thousands of pensioners are set to lose £3,500 a year

Around 11,000 pensioners in receipt of the “adult dependants’ addition” will lose up to £70 a week from their state pension.
27 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Getting divorced? Here's how to make sure you don't get stung by the taxman

Many couples divorce in January. But if you do decide to separate from your spouse, don’t get caught out by HMRC.
22 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Savers could gain an extra £260m a year

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may mandate a set rate for easy-access savings accounts that could be worth up to £260m a year for savers.
21 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

Self-assessment: don’t miss the deadline for online tax returns

If you are self-employed, rent out a property or earn income from savings, investments and dividends, you need to fill in a tax return. And the deadli…
13 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

New year, new you: resolve to get your finances in order

For most of us, the New Year heralds plans to get fit, eat better and generally be a better human. But have you thought about what you could do to imp…
13 Jan 2020
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Personal finance

How much the state pension will rise by this year

While Boris Johnson promised to hold a full budget within 100 days of his election victory, many of the details of next year’s state pension increases…
10 Jan 2020
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Pensions

Vanguard set to launch the UK’s cheapest-ever pension fund

Vanguard, the giant US asset management company, is set to launch a self-invested personal pension (Sipp) with an annual fee of just 0.15%
10 Jan 2020
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