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New Nationwide deal for parents to raise cash from their home to help their children image
....". She said first-time buyers looking to boost their deposit could also consider a Help to Buy Isa, which comes with a government bonus. ...
Five-minute guide to…The resurgence of first-time buyers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....ONCE IN A LIFETIME. From April 6, first-time buyers will get Government support from the new Lifetime Isa (Lisa), which will pay a bonus to those aged between 18 and 39 who set money aside for their first property. ...
Driverless cars 'could lead to complacency' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:00:42 AM
....". Tamzen Isacsson, SMMT director of communications, added: "Connected and autonomous cars will transform Britain's roads, dramatically increasing safety and reducing up to 25,000 serious accidents each year. ...
Lifetime Isas: Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis explains image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 03:33:39 PM
. Lifetime Isas are set to be introduced on 1 April and could help under-40s buying a new home or building a pension. ...
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Isas back in favour after tax allowance hike image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
. A new tax-free Isa allowance that comes into force next month will allow wealthy couples to put more than £70,000 beyond the reach of HMRC. ...
Budget 2017: tax on dividends will be a raid on 2 million small investors image
....Those affected will typically have to pay several hundred pounds more in tax each year on the dividend income they receive from their shares-based investments – though some with large portfolios could face an annual “hit” of £1,000-plus. However, the change doesn’t take effect until April next year, and experts said many of those affected will be able to minimise their tax bill, or avoid any extra tax completely, by maximising their Isa allowances. ...
Road tax rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:07:22 PM
....Motoring groups have given a mixed reaction to the changes. "While zero-emission cars will, on the whole, remain exempt from VED, the new regime will disincentivise take-up of low-emission vehicles," said Tamzen Isacsson of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). ...
Budget 2017: Tax-free dividend allowance slashed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 06:04:27 PM
....4 million basic-rate taxpayers affected would lose an average £200, compared with £440 for the 725,000 on higher rate and £890 for the 124,000 top rate taxpayers. Experts said some savers could protect themselves to a degree by using the more generous tax-free Isa allowance, which can be used for stocks and shares. ...
Isa savers frozen out as rates hit a new low image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:13:00 AM
.... . The rate paid on the average cash Isa has kept falling to hit a low of just 0. ...
UK’s star fund manager aims to win over the older savers market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:00:08 AM
. It says it will pay an initial 5% income, it is looked after by the most successful investment manager of his generation, it can be put into a tax-free Isa and comes under the financial services compensation scheme. ...
Seven things we already know will happen in the 2017 spring budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 06:59:08 AM
.... For someone with a £280,000 mortgage against a £350,000 property earning a rental income of £14,000, the tax will rise from £1,120 now to £1,610 in 2017-18, and to more than £3,000 by 2020. 7 Isas If you can afford to stash a lot of cash into an Isa then from April you are in luck, as the total tax-free limit will rise from £15,240 to £20,000. ...
ISAs 2017: Can I move existing shares into an ISA? What happens to my ISA if I go abroad? image
.... . This process, known as Bed & Isa, allows investors to sell their existing shares and reinvest the proceeds in a stocks and shares ISA. ...
All change: how the Royal Mint is making the new 12-sided £1 coins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 03:41:18 PM
.... The reverse of the new coin shows the English rose, Welsh leek, Scottish thistle and Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet – a design created by 15-year-old schoolboy David Pearce, who won a competition to create the image. Behind the scenes, work is also under way for other new coins – a new Sir Isaac Newton 50p, a first world war aviation £2 and a Jane Austen £2, all entering circulation this year. ...
Car wars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 01:04:48 AM
....The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) acknowledges that "overly restrictive access [to car data] may stifle innovation and competition, and restrict consumer choice". "SMMT is currently working with all parties involved to ensure a better understanding of the issues involved, while a common solution is currently being discussed at a European level," says Tamzen Isacsson, director of communications and international. ...
Quids in: why it’s time to get rid of your £1 coins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
....Yes! Two new £2 coin designs, one honouring the aviators of the first world war and the other celebrating Jane Austen, will enter circulation in April and July respectively. A 50p celebrating the genius of Sir Isaac Newton will follow in September. ...
A London penthouse for £60,000 per week, plus the Isa offering 12% returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 03:20:00 PM
....Homes for around £300,000. The ‘innovative finance’ Isa is being hailed by some as the answer to years of miserable interest rates. ...
Avoid sky-high costs and charges to get the most out of your investments image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
. If you are not careful, fund managers can make more money from your pensions, unit trusts and equity Isas than you ever do. ...
Savers need a balancing act to beat inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:00:31 AM
.... They are potentially a bit of fun, but unless you get extremely lucky the return you’ll get can probably be beaten elsewhere. “They are possibly more worthy of consideration for higher rate taxpayers who have already used up their personal savings and Isa allowances,” he says. ...
Will we pay higher stamp duty on a buy-to-let property? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 11:10:19 AM
....Also, unlike property investment a pension pot is not included in your estate when calculating IHT. If you don’t want to tie your money up until you are 55 you could also consider an Isa, which escapes income tax and CGT but does form part of your estate for IHT. ...
New double whammy to hurt prudent older savers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:29:00 PM
....” . Almost three quarters of over-55s have money in an instant access savings account, and more than half hold a tax-free cash Isa. ...
ISAs 2017: How much can I invest in an ISA next tax year? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:09:00 PM
.... . Danny Cox, a chartered financial planner at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “You can pay this into a cash Isa or stocks and shares ISA in any combination. ...
New blow to 21 MILLION savers: National Savings axes Premium Bond prizes and rates image
....NS&I (National Savings and Investments) is slashing rates from May 1 in a move that will affect 21million customers. Premium Bonds, the Direct Isa, the Direct Saver and Income Bonds are to all see reduced payouts in the mass cull. ...
Not so happy days: NS&I slashes premium bonds prize pot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:02:57 PM
....NS&I is also cutting rates on three other savings products from 1 May. The Direct Isa, held by 414,000 people, will see its rate reduced from 1% to 0. ...
The high street is already under threat and now this... | Lucy Siegle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:05:44 AM
.... Instead of local authorities setting the rate (based on nuanced local market conditions, say), they are fixed values based on rentable space and surrounding commercial properties, doled out by central government. If you happen to be trading in a property hot spot (and, indeed, your brilliant business may have contributed to the success of that place, as in Southwold and Port Isaac, areas with notably good independent shops that will be hit by rate hikes), or big brands have arrived and now surround your enterprise, then your valuation goes up and you find yourself catapulted out of the small business relief zone. ...
Is it time to grab a bigger share of the stock market? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Insurer Royal London reckons savers have lost a cool £100 billion by leaving money in cash at today’s low rates. Since this applies only to money in tax-free cash Isas, the real number will be far higher. ...
Greenwich Peninsula redevelopment to be crowned with £1bn glass landmark image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:01:24 PM
. A £1bn building topped with a crown-shaped cluster of glass towers, inspired by the 19th-century designs of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is planned as part of a major redevelopment of the area around London’s O2 Arena. ...
Savers should not rely on cash Isas as long-term option, warns report image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . But it warned: "More needs to be done to wean individuals off the habit of using cash Isas as a long-term savings vehicle. ...
Statisticians fear Trump White House will manipulate figures to fit narrative image
.... “You can keep positions unfilled for a while but when you do that, you risk two things: one is obviously irrelevance because you’re not keeping up with the times and the other is you’re raising the risk of some kind of operational failure. ” Isaac Shapiro, a fellow at the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said data such as the supplemental poverty measure, used to assess safety net programs, is among the statistics most at risk of inaccuracy if budget cuts cause staff to take cheap shortcuts in data collection. ...
Broker-charge comparison website can save the average investor thousands of pounds image
....”. The site allows you to compare the cost of investing in a tax-free individual savings account (Isa), self-invested personal pension (Sipp) or standard trading account. ...
Can I buy a flat while I'm paying off debts through an IVA? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:00:30 AM
.... What you could sensibly do when your IVA comes to an end is to start putting the same amount you were paying into your IVA in a savings account. To benefit from a 25% government bonus (on savings up to £12,000), you could consider the help-to-buy Isa designed for budding first-time buyers. ...
10 ways to cut your tax bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 14th of January 2017 07:00:19 AM
.... Tax is no longer deducted at source by the banks/building societies – if tax is due you can pay it via self-assessment or have it deducted via PAYE through an adjustment in your tax code. Higher-rate taxpayers should remember they can invest £15,240 in tax-free Isas each year – in either cash or shares. ...
A grand investment idea from Kevin McCloud, but it’s not without its risks image
.... The headline rate rises to 9% for those signing up on or before 16 January. The minimum investment is £1,000, and the bonds can be put into a Sipp but not an Isa. ...
Lower-paid 'must get help to save' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 01:23:07 PM
....The idea is to prevent banks and building societies luring potential savers with introductory offers then penalising them for loyalty if they subsequently fail to switch accounts. Other recommendations include further investment in the Help to Save scheme, paid for by reducing some of the tax breaks offered to those who can save more in Individual Savings Accounts (Isas). ...
 Act NOW to slash your tax bill: Self-assessment tax returns due by end of January image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. You also need to declare any income from renting out or selling a second property, but not any investments held inside a tax-free Isa. ...
Rising retirement age means that smart saving is more important than ever image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....This has given savers far more control over their pension pots, but does not solve the basic problem that most will simply not have enough money to retire at that point. Adams says: “The only way to retire at the time of your choosing is to save enough in a company or personal pension, or other investments such as tax-free Isas and property. ...
CES 2017: UK support to tech firms 'an embarrassment' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 12:03:16 AM
....Smarter Applications is launching a fridge webcam at CES that alerts owners to when food nears its expiry date. "We've been invited to networking drinks from the Holland embassy and plenty of other European countries that have a presence there and support [their start-ups] by doing networking events," said Isabella Lane, managing director of the firm. ...
New year resolutions to help you handle your money in 2017 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 05:41:00 PM
....Cutting your tax bill is one resolution everyone can get behind. Peter Banks, head of investment and tax planning at Drewberry Wealth, says the best way is to make full use of your various tax allowances: “You can save up to £20,000 in an Isa from April 6, with your returns free of income tax and capital gains tax. ...
The garden shed full of helping hands image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 01:09:35 AM
....". Stephen Davies' first recipient was Isabella, who is now nine. ...
Why do we spend so much at Christmas? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 01:23:48 AM
....Christmas brings out the generous spirit in most of us but what tactics are retailers coming up with to get us to spend that bit more?. Isabelle Szmigin, professor of marketing at the University of Birmingham, says they try to "create a fear of missing out". ...
2016: the year Britain got (a little bit) richer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 07:00:15 AM
.... And in a surprise, but hugely welcome, move announced in the autumn statement, letting fees to tenants are to be banned, although we don’t know quite when. Investment Isas had a boom yearStock markets soared in the wake of the Brexit result and the Trump victory, with the FTSE 100 index currently running 16% up over the year and the S&P 500 on Wall Street hitting a record high. ...
Forget Christmas toys: Here are some children's presents that keep on giving image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Children will only pay tax on their savings if they get more than £100 in interest from money given by their parents. You can save without having to worry about the taxman through the annual Junior Isa allowance, which is £4,080 this year. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 07:00:15 AM
.... Of course, asking silly questions puts me off, so people should remember that every contact is essentially part of the interview. IsaacNewt. ...
New research shows savings crisis for Britons is getting WORSE image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 05:15:00 PM
.... . She warned that too many savers are failing to make the most of the money they do have: “There is an estimated £700billion tied up in low interest savings accounts or cash Isas, earning next to nothing when it could be working much harder. ...
NS&I bond raises hopes of greater savings competition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 06:59:53 AM
.... Nationwide and Tesco Bank have, respectively, accounts paying 5% for 12 months and 3% with no time limit. However, there was also bad news for savers last week, with figures showing cash Isa rates are on the slide. ...
How will the autumn statement affect you? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:59:50 PM
.... Someone investing the full £3,000 could earn just over £200 in interest after three years. The autumn statement documents confirm the amount you can save in an Isa will rise to £20,000 from April 2017. ...
Five minute guide to helping the young manage finances image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....“Once they have saved £100, you could reward them with an incentive of an extra £10 or so,” Gardner adds. You can also save into a tax-free Junior Isa, which allows family and friends to contribute up to £4,080 a year, with money belonging to the child once they turn 18. ...
Self-employed face retirement poverty without pension reform image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of November 2016 08:00:03 AM
....Experts said they were most concerned about those in their 40s, who comprise about two-thirds of the self-employed workforce. They will be locked out of the new lifetime Isa (Lisa), launched by George Osborne to encourage savings for property and retirement. ...
Economics teaching is still neglecting critical thought image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 05:47:39 PM
....Max Schroder, Rethinking Economics Oxford. Isaac Stovell, Alternative Economics Society Sheffield. ...
Savers to be warned about risks of Lifetime Isas image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 12:24:39 PM
....The FCA also said that providers should offer cancellation rights for 30 days after selling a Lisa. The Lifetime Isa: Free money, or just too complicated?. ...
'Mis-buying' warning over lifetime Isa image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 04:46:53 PM
....A new type of savings account aimed at under-40s and available from next spring could result in a “mis-buying” scandal, a former government minister has claimed. The lifetime Isa (pdf), unveiled by George Osborne in the March budget, is a savings account that will allow people to save either towards their first home or their retirement. ...
Your chance to go green with an energy Isa image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of November 2016 07:00:40 AM
. What’s been described as the UK’s first “green energy” Isa is set to go on sale this weekend, and has received an endorsement of sorts from a senior government minister. ...
Ernie turns 60 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 02:27:09 PM
....He says: "Premium Bonds are a national treasure. More people hold Premium Bonds than save into a cash Isa. ...
Fancy the luck of the draw? Premium bonds turn 60 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 12:01:32 AM
....Danny Cox from financial advisers Hargreaves Lansdown described premium bonds as a national treasure. He said: “More people hold premium bonds than save into cash Isas. ...
Squirrel it away image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 08:17:15 PM
....Save that £2. 50, and invest it in the government's new Lifetime Isa, which is due to launch in April 2017. ...
'Pre-reg' cars now widespread in UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of October 2016 11:58:28 PM
....". But Tamzen Isacsson, of the SMMT which represents the industry, said: "Let's be clear. ...
Savers hit yet again as even five-year fixes fail to pass muster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 03:35:54 PM
....”. Bowes said that rates in the Isa market were even worse, with the best five-year deal paying 1. ...
Colwyn Bay care home latest to cease business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 07:53:47 PM
....Two weeks ago Nick Corney was told that the nursing home where his 89-year-old mother had been cared for over the last four years was to close, and he had just 28 days to find her a home somewhere else. The owners of the home, Plas Isaf, in Rhos-on-Sea, near Colwyn Bay, north Wales, which cares for 21 elderly people with dementia, said it was shutting this month because it was “no longer financially viable”. ...
Who are the winners and losers in sterling’s plunge? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 05:47:48 PM
....80 a week. Stock market investors: The FTSE 100 is up 22% since the lows in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result, boosting the value of pension pots and investment Isas. ...
'Poor reward' for pocket money savers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:51:34 PM
....". Young savers can get a better return by signing up to accounts that tie them in to making a fixed level of regular saving, while their families can also get slightly better rates on Junior Isas. ...
A man for all seasons image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 11:05:02 PM
. Looking back on his more than 50 years in the hotels business, Isadore "Issy" Sharp is modest about his achievements. ...
Is it time to take profits from surge in equities? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 11:12:00 AM
.... “Do not leave yourself short by taking too much too early and be aware that a large pension withdrawal could trigger a shock income tax bill. If so, withdraw funds held in an equity Isa instead. ...
Low paid 'miss out on flexible working' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 11:07:51 PM
.... . "It's early days, but it's going well so far," smiles Kellie as she juggles 18-month-old Isaac in one hand while overseeing her beauty staff in the salon. ...
Do a financial health check and midlife needn’t mean a crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of October 2016 06:00:11 AM
.... The Halifax issued data showing that the average deposit paid by a first-time buyer increased by 13% in 2015 to £32,927. “One of the best ways to save for university and a deposit is a tax-free Junior Isa,” says Cox. ...
Help to Buy mortgage guarantee not needed, says Bank image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:00:00 AM
...."Given the decreasing usage of the scheme over time, the [Financial Policy] Committee judges that the closure of the scheme would be unlikely, in current market conditions, to affect significantly the provision of finance to prospective mortgagors, including high loan-to-value borrowers," he wrote. The move is unlikely to affect other Help to Buy schemes, which include equity loans to buy newly-built homes, as well as the Help to Buy Isa savings scheme which is aimed at those saving for a deposit. ...
Pensioner property wealth in Britain hits a MASSIVE £1 trillion image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... Drewberry director Tom Conner says: “The problem is that they cannot go on working forever and will need to retire at some point. Four out of 10 are relying on their bank savings or cash Isas to support their retirement, ignoring the fact that rates have fallen through the floor. ...
Five-minute guide to… Investing in gold  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of September 2016 12:01:00 AM
....The precious metal has always had a special place in the hearts of investors and lately it has put in a glittering performance. The gold price is up another 26 per cent over the past 12 months, which is an incredible 2600 times the return of NatWest’s cash Isa that pays just 0. ...
Index funds help keep your returns on track – with no excessive fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of September 2016 06:00:23 AM
....Index and tracker funds simply replicate the market, neither beating it or falling much behind. Like conventional funds, you are free to put them into a £15,240 tax-free Isa. ...
£32,000 anybody? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of September 2016 06:33:25 PM
.... Since you can continue paying into a Lisa up until the age of 50, the potential eventual bonus is up to £32,000. For most people, this is more generous than the Help to Buy Isa (see below). ...

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