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Paid off your mortgage? Five things to do with your money now

At last! You're mortgage-free. But what should you do with the extra cash? Supercharge your finances, says High50’s Julian Knight, and diversify your shares, savings and investments instead

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  • Buying shares is a better investment than paying off your mortgage. Here's why.

  • Britain's Conservatives would double the planned number of cut-price new homes available to first-time buyers if re-elected, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a bid to woo voters ahead of a close national vote in May. Home ownership in Britain is at its lowest rate for nearly thirty years, according to data …

  • British mortgage approvals edged up in January to show their second monthly increase, Bank of England data showed on Monday, a latest sign that a housing market slowdown may be starting to fade. Mortgage approvals for house purchases numbered 60,786 in January, edging up from 60,349 in December to hit the highest level …

  • Britain's housing market has been slowing since the middle of 2014, when regulators tightened mortgage lending rules

  • British house prices fell in February for the first time in five months, taking the annual rate of increase to its lowest since September 2013, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Monday. Britain's housing market has been slowing since the middle of 2014, when regulators tightened mortgage lending rules, …

  • British house prices rose by the smallest annual amount since September 2013 in February, after the first monthly drop in house prices in five months, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on ...

  • Credit Suisse says lifts provisions in U.S. mortgage securities case Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 23:36 GMT

    ZURICH/NEW YORK, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse (LSE: 0QP5.L - news) said on Friday it would put aside more funds for a U.S. probe and other litigation about whether the Swiss bank deceived investors in risky mortgage-backed securities it had issued in the run-up to the financial crisis. The Zurich lender's surprise …

  • Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6 bn to settle mortgage bond probe

    Morgan Stanley said Wednesday it had reached a preliminary agreement with the Justice Department to pay $2.6 billion to settle a probe into its marketing of mortgage-backed securities

  • Home owners outnumber mortgage borrowers for first time Telegraph - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 19:00 GMT

    Rise in young buyers 'locked out' of housing market means leaves number of outright owners higher than number of people with a mortgage

  • British bank TSB eyes deals after year profit edges up Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 13:48 GMT

    Britain's TSB Banking Group Plc said it would consider acquisitions to accelerate its expansion and reported a 2.3 percent rise in pretax profit for 2014 as it picked up customers from established rivals. TSB would not comment directly on speculation it approached the owners of British banking newcomer Aldermore about …

  • Strict mortgage rules shut out young home buyers Telegraph - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 12:44 GMT

    House prices in London and cautious lenders trigger fall in first-time buyers trying to get on the property ladder

  • Mortgage lenders get tough on first-time buyers in London Telegraph - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 12:44 GMT

    House prices in London and cautious lenders trigger fall in first-time buyers trying to get on the property ladder

  • UK Jan mortgage approvals rise for first time since June - BBA Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 09:32 GMT

    Mortgages approved by British banks rose in January for the first time since June, although they were still around a quarter below their level a year previously, the British Bankers' Association said on Wednesday. Mortgage approvals for house purchase rose to 36,394 from 35,816 in December. The BBA also reported strong …

  • 'Equity release' mortgage costs fall Telegraph - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 08:28 GMT

    The cost of loans that allow you to release equity from your home is falling but interest bills can still be crippling

  • Banks 'exploiting' cancer patients in their hospital beds Telegraph - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 18:35 GMT

    Vulnerable people who ring mortgage lenders to report an illness are being sold insurance policies they do not want or need

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