Personal finance

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
Where to find the best insurance deals
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Insurance

Where to find the best insurance deals

If you want a good deal on your home, contents or travel insurance, you will need to do more research in the post-Covid-19 world.
20 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Cash machines
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business
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Small business

Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business

The government’s Bounce Back loan scheme will only run for another six weeks. Act now if you need to take advantage of it.
16 Oct 2020
Pensions drawdown: don't take too much money out of your pension fund
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Pensions

Pensions drawdown: don't take too much money out of your pension fund

New evidence suggests people are depleting their pensions too quickly – and they risk running out of cash in retirement.
14 Oct 2020
Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions
Pensions

Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions

As more and more people lose their jobs to the pandemic and the lockdowns imposed to deal with it, there’s one bunch of people who won’t have to worry…
12 Oct 2020
SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses
Pensions

SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses

Small business owners struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are increasingly turning to a novel type of pension plan that gives them mu…
12 Oct 2020

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Why the government shouldn't raise taxes
UK Economy

Why the government shouldn't raise taxes

Tackling our deficit with new levies would be economically and politically suicidal, says Max King.
12 Oct 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Lockdowns, layoffs and public-sector pensions
UK Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Lockdowns, layoffs and public-sector pensions

Merryn and John discuss the effects of lockdowns on the economy, particularly on the private sector where already financially fragile workers are laid…
9 Oct 2020
State pension age’s slow but steady rise
State pensions

State pension age’s slow but steady rise

Both men and women now have to wait until their 66th birthdays to claim their state pension.
9 Oct 2020
Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty
UK Economy

Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty

If Boris Johnson is serious about getting more people on the housing ladder, he should stop messing about with complicated incentives that only reward…
8 Oct 2020
Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension
ESG investing

Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension

We examine the best options for investors who are looking for help in building a long-term portfolio of ESG investments.
6 Oct 2020
Where to put your savings now that NS&I has cut its rates
Savings

Where to put your savings now that NS&I has cut its rates

National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has slashed its interest rates. There are now much better deals for your savings elsewhere, says Ruth Jackson Ki…
2 Oct 2020
How to make sure you claim all your pension entitlements
Pensions

How to make sure you claim all your pension entitlements

It’s important to make sure you get the income that you are due when you retire, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
30 Sep 2020
How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices
Stamp duty

How the stamp duty holiday is pushing up house prices

Stamp duty is an awful tax and should be replaced by something better. But its temporary removal is driving up house prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb…
25 Sep 2020
Universal Credit comes good
UK Economy

Universal Credit comes good

The government’s benefit reforms have been plagued with disasters since their introduction in 2013. The Covid-19 crisis, however, has revealed a posit…
21 Sep 2020
Making a will online in the age of Covid
Personal finance

Making a will online in the age of Covid

The pandemic has propelled the procedure of making a will into the digital age – but beware.
15 Sep 2020
The stamp-duty stampede
Personal finance

The stamp-duty stampede

There has been a surge in people wanting to move house before the stamp duty holiday ends next year.
11 Sep 2020
Mind the inheritance-tax trap when transferring your pension
Pensions

Mind the inheritance-tax trap when transferring your pension

Transferring your pension could incur inheritance tax for your heirs, says David Prosser.
9 Sep 2020
Make sure you insure your UK holiday
Travel insurance

Make sure you insure your UK holiday

If you're holidaying in the UK, it still makes sense to take out travel insurance.
8 Sep 2020
How to fight the fraudsters coming for your pension pot
Personal finance

How to fight the fraudsters coming for your pension pot

Investment and pension scams have proliferated during lockdown. Here’s how to protect yourself.
8 Sep 2020
Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now
UK Economy

Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now

Tax rises can’t do much to reduce the two-trillion-pound hole in our public finances. And the economy is too fragile for a tax grab now anyway. So whe…
7 Sep 2020