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Clock is ticking on payday lender crackdown

The Financial Conduct Authority has published tougher requirements for payday lenders, including a mandatory affordability check on borrowers, limiting the number of loan roll-overs to two, and restricting to two

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Dividend payouts likely to remain low

Research by The Share Centre showed that based on profits of £106.0bn made by the UK’s top 350 listed firms in the year to the end of March 2013 and

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Mergers and acquisitions boost returns 20%

New analysis from Hargreaves Lansdown of all deals done across all the major international equity markets from 2001 to 2013 calculated that shareholders received an average premium of 20.26% on

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Equity funds still most popular asset class

Overall net retail sales remained strong at £1.8bn, funds under management stood at £732bn and mixed investment 20-60% shares remained the best-selling sector. Jason Hollands, managing director of Bestinvest, said

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What is the true cost of a tracker fund?

But when it comes to ETFs – or any fund for that matter – you need to delve a bit further to fully understand the real costs involved. To make

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One in four not claiming pension tax relief

Research from Prudential suggests this equates to around £229m going unclaimed with an estimated 182,500 higher rate taxpayers failing to maximise their tax relief. The amount of tax relief not

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Watchdog warns of “mortgage forbearance bubble”

It said it is increasingly worried that some borrowers who took a mortgage before the credit crunch hit and have subsequently found themselves falling behind with their payments could find

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There are mortgage options for contract workers

The result has been employers taking on more contractors. Whilst this clearly has many benefits for employer and employee not much consideration has been given to the impact it may

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Viewpoint: Help to Buy acceleration is political

Firstly, what is the scheme and how does it differ from the current Help to Buy offering? The current proposition started in April this year and only requires buyers of

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Director pay disclosure reforms come into force

The changes mean shareholders of around 900 UK quoted companies will have access to clearer information on the pay of top executives and will be able to exercise their new