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Family loans are ruining relationships

It has conducted research suggesting under half of people who loan to family and friends say they’re repaid on time and in full. Almost 19 million (37%) of us have

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French mortgage finance cheapest in 65 years

A 20-year fixed rate mortgage now stands at 3.35% and 20-year tracker mortgages start from 2%, claims mortgage firm Athena Advisors. The cost for a €100,000 loan has now dropped

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The best performing investment trusts

Following price weakness the yield on BlackRock World Mining has risen to 4.1% while the yield on Edinburgh IT has fallen to 3.8% following a price rise. Higher yielders “Investors

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Investors lose faith after Cyprus fiasco

Hargreaves Lansdown said its clients were losing confidence despite markets remaining “surprisingly resilient” in face of the crisis. Research from the firm showed 57% of investors believe the prospects for

Alternative Investments , News

Buy-to-let on a budget offers best yields

One and two-bedroom properties provide the highest rental returns for investors with average yields of 6.8% and 6.4% respectively based on data covering 50,000 properties across England, Scotland and Wales.

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Boston bombing: investors fly to safety

“The collapse in the gold market – the biggest fall in some 30 years — has taken the shine off risky assets, plus weaker-than-expected US data coming on top of

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How to pick companies that grow

When looking to make an investment in a company Richard Plackett, co-manager of the BlackRock UK Special Situations fund, said he looks for high quality growth companies that can grow

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Just seven ISAs beat inflation

A basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find an account paying at least 3.50% per annum to stop inflation eating into their savings while a higher rate taxpayer at

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Junior ISAs gain popularity

CTFs are still the most common investment among those investing on behalf of childre, with almost half of these investors saying they are still actively investing in them. But Halifax Share

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Mortgage rates sink even lower

first direct is now offering a 3-year fixed rate repayment mortgage at 3.99% with a £999 booking fee for borrowers with just 10% to put down. The lender is also