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NS&I slashes Premium Bond prizes and savings rates

Millions of savers were dealt another blow earlier this month as NS&I announced rate cuts across their range, with even Premium Bonds affected. National Savings and Investments (NS&I) was set up to provide a relatively cheap source of government borrowing. It offered security, simplicity and dependable returns ...

Why have stock markets bounced since the Brexit vote?

The referendum of 23rd June 2016, that began the UK’s journey out of Europe, delivered a seismic shock not just to the UK stock market, but to markets around the world. However, after some frightening rumblings, the economic landslide never happened. There was a marked initial ...

Are you heading for a ‘Toblerone Retirement’?

Are you heading for a ‘Toblerone Retirement’?New research has shone a light on our changing retirement habits, as we struggle with the twin effects of inflation and ‘skrinkflation’. Figures from pension provider, Retirement Advantage, show that: The days of the ‘cliff edge’ retirement, where one day ...

Considering transferring your final salary pension? Watch for this hidden danger

Considering transferring your final salary pension? Watch for this hidden dangerFinal salary pensions have been big news over the past few months. The personal finance press has been awash with articles suggesting members should consider transferring their final salary pension. At the same time, unfortunate members ...

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Savings: Compensation limit set to rise

Compensation limit set to riseFrom next week, savers will receive a boost to the level of protection they get if their bank or building society goes bust. Currently, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) protects up to £75,000 of savings per person, per institution. However, ...

How will the unexpected rise in inflation affect you?

How will the unexpected rise in inflation affect you?New figures show that UK inflation is now at its highest rate since November 2014. The data, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 1.6% in December, up sharply ...

Date of the final spring Budget announced

Date of the final spring Budget announcedPhilip Hammond, the Chancellor, has announced that the next Budget will be published on Wednesday 8th March 2017. This will be the last Spring Budget. Mr Hammond announce late last year that the government would no longer publish an Autumn Statement, which had ...

Young people to get inheritance windfalls

Young people to get inheritance windfallsThe amount younger people inherit is set to rise according to new research; but the trend is likely to reverse in years to come. The survey, by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), found that: The level of wealth in elderly ...