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Simplification of State bereavement benefits

From 6 April, the State support available to bereaved spouses and civil partners changed. While those already bereaved before this date remain unaffected, a new suite of benefits, Bereavement Support

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Buy-to-let lenders favouring percentage-based fees

Flat fees have long been popular as a way for lenders to maintain profitability while still offering competitive rates, while other products instead carry a variable fee based on the

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Companies announcing their results next week

Monday Companies reporting today include: Anglo American (Q1 results) Tuesday Companies reporting today include: St James’s Place, Whitbread (Q4 results), BHP Billiton (March operational review) Wednesday Croda International (Q1 trading

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Consider UK small caps for long-term gains

If you want to make money, buying things when they are cheap and selling them when they are expensive is a tried and tested method! In the world of investing,

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The hidden gems of occupational pension plans

Due to the complexity of the legislation and scheme rules surrounding occupational pension contracts, it is not always obvious what the value of a pension plan is. Before transferring a

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Salford has best rental yields in the UK

In Salford, whose Media City (pictured) is occupied by the BBC and ITV, landlords made 7.08% in the year to March 2017. Other strong performing cities are Leeds, (5.96%) Manchester

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Companies announcing their results next week

Wednesday Associated British Foods (Interim results) In late February the group provided a fairly detailed trading update, in which it outlined its expectations of an increase in full year profits

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New NS&I bond launches

The NS&I Investment Guaranteed Growth Bond gives people access to a rate of 2.2% for between £100 and £3000 of their savings. The investment term is three years; savers can

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Is it time for investors to go for gold?

Gold, one of the oldest known metals, was revered by all the great ancient civilisations and the first gold coins were minted as far back as 550BC. Relatively scarce and

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Limited company buy-to-let product count soars

There are currently 266 products, up from 198 in the fourth quarter of 2016. David Whittaker, chief executive of Mortgages for Business, said: “With the changing face of the buy-to-let