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Treasury calls for review to scrap Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service was set up in April 2011 to promote personal finance awareness among the public and has spent in excess of £40m a year since trying to achieve


November’s top performing funds and sectors

Richard Troue from Hargreaves Lansdown said the results showed that smaller companies have recovered well from the financial crisis. “Any investor brave enough to dip a toe in the water


What’s a clean share?

This means there is no additional cost for investing in funds with The Share Centre and all of the funds available for purchase through its site are now clean – they


Check your credit with Experian CreditExpert

In today’s credit-based economy, knowing how your credit history measures up is as necessary as handing over a credit card to pay for a big purchase. If you’re making an


Treasury denies putting pressure on Help to Buy

After announcing strong results earlier this month Nationwide has confirmed it has no plans to offer the second phase of Help to Buy suggesting it can fund 95% mortgages more

News , Viewpoint

What are the tax benefits of EIS and VCTs?

My last article Venture Capital Trusts and Enterprise Investment Schemes – a risk worth taking? looked at the nature and structure of these investment mediums, the risks involved and also

News , Tax Efficient Investing

Now grandparents are asking their children for money

On average they gave £2,251 to help parents with ad-hoc expenses such as shopping, holidays and utility bills. Some grandparents now find themselves helping their own parents too. In the


Mortgage lending life support switched off

The Funding for Lending Scheme currently offers banks cheaper cost of funds from the Bank of England if they can prove they lend those funds to households through residential mortgages

News , Property , Tax Efficient Investing

Political point scoring on pensions stops people saving

Research from Bestinvest published today showed a further third of people said the most discouraging factor stopping them from saving into a pension was that the rules kept changing. And


Royal Mail – the investment case for holding shares

Gradual but terminal decline of the letters business is an ongoing challenge, whilst the dividend yield has suffered as a result of the share price appreciation. Standing at an estimated