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A little extra could go a long way for your ISA

As the end of the tax year arrives, rather than think about the possible benefits of increasing their contributions, many ISA savers simply roll their direct debit payments into the

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Investors turn to alternative investments for excitement

Avacade found that more than one in five (21%) investors said they would invest in an alternative solely because of a personal interest in the product. When looking at the

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Peer-to-peer loans eligible for ISAs

The move, announced in this week’s Budget follows a consultation over the past few months between government and the peer-to-peer lenders and will further increase the choice that ISA savers have


LITRG: abolition of compulsory annuities is great news

The LITRG says it is “pleased” that many older people are being given the enhanced ability to use their accumulated savings as they see fit. Rather than being compelled to


Third of retirees still repaying mortgage

The mortgage and secured loans broker discovered that, of people with a repayment mortgage, 31.7% will not have finished paying it off until they are aged 61 or over. Of

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Biggest rise in pension saving since records began

The ONS figures were collected in April 2013 when automatic enrolment had been running for just six months and enrolment stood at just 500,000. The latest figures released in early

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A Budget for everyone?

Pensions The Chancellor set out that by removing the effective requirement to buy an annuity, people will have greater flexibility in accessing their pensions. This means that people can choose

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Budget 2014: Chancellor targets savers

The Chancellor says the measures will “provide further support” for the lowest income savers. Currently, the first £2,790 of savings income above the tax-free personal allowance (currently £10,000) is taxed

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Budget 2014: Personal tax allowance increases to £10,500 next year

The Chancellor has announced the Government will reduce taxes by increasing the level of the personal allowance to £10,500 from April 2015, two months before the general election. This increase

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Budget 2014: Osborne scraps compulsory annuity purchase

The UK life industry was rocked by the news that people with a “defined contribution” pension, whether a private or company pension, will no longer be forced to buy an