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  • Easy ways to top up your income in retirement Moneywise - Wed, May 27, 2015 18:06 BST

    If your finances are coming up a little short, there are plenty of things you can do to earn some extra cash – you don't have to go back to work, indeed you may barely need to lift a finger. The key to ...

  • Investing platform launches Apple Watch app Moneywise - Wed, May 27, 2015 17:24 BST

    Investing platform True Potential Investments (TPI) has launched the first app for the Apple Watch that allows investors to invest and save directly from the device. TPI runs a fund supermarket (tpinvestor.com) ...

  • What the Queen's Speech means for your finances Moneywise - Wed, May 27, 2015 13:59 BST

    An income tax boost for low-earners, a reduction in the benefits cap and the extension of Right to Buy have been announced in the Queen's Speech. People earning the minimum wage and working 30 hours or ...

  • A survival guide to DIY holidays Moneywise - Wed, May 27, 2015 11:08 BST

    This summer, become your own travel agent and you could save yourself a small fortune on the cost of a holiday. The big package tour operators – the likes of Thomson and First Choice – and hotel booking ...

  • FCA to fine Keydata chief £75 million Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 18:05 BST

    Three senior managers at failed investment firm Keydata face millions of pounds' worth of fines from the City watchdog after being accused of lacking integrity and misleading authorities' investigations. ...

  • Five-minute guide to investing Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 17:15 BST

    1. Analyse your attitude to risk When it comes to investing, it pays to be objective and think about how much risk you are prepared to take. If you're more used to savings accounts that pay a pre- agreed ...

  • Dog walkers earn 17% more than national average Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 17:00 BST

    Professional dog walkers can earn up to £26,496 a year – 17% more than the average national salary, new research has found. Direct Line Pet Insurance found dog walking is now big business, with individual ...

  • Over-55s shun free Pension Wise service Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 16:34 BST

    Despite now having access to free guidance in the form of the government's Pension Wise service, most people say they would prefer to do their own research online, over the telephone, or even just by asking ...

  • One in seven 2015 retirees have no pension savings Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 16:21 BST

    One in seven people retiring this year have saved nothing into a pension and will be relying almost entirely on the state pension to survive, research by Prudential has found. In addition, one in six will ...

  • Salcombe is the UK's most expensive seaside town Moneywise - Tue, May 26, 2015 13:01 BST

    Salcombe in Devon has been named the most expensive place to live by the sea, with an average property price of £672,824. Sandsbank in Devon and Aldeburgh in East Anglia followed just behind in the list ...

  • Parents in the UK spend, on average, £35,000 on their kids by the time they reach five years old, a new study has revealed. Insurer Aviva asked more than 2,000 parents how much they spend on essentials ...

  • Warning over true cost of cheapest ever mortgage Moneywise - Fri, May 22, 2015 13:45 BST

    Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) has launched the UK's cheapest-ever fixed-rate mortgage at 1.07% over two years, but it comes with one of the most expensive fees on the market. Homebuyers with a 35% deposit ...

  • 10 supermarket price tricks revealed Moneywise - Fri, May 22, 2015 13:36 BST

    Supermarkets persist to run confusing multibuys and 'pricing oddities' across their stores in a bid to get their hands on more of your cash, an investigation has found. One such poor practice uncovered ...

  • Rents up to a record high of £774 a month Moneywise - Fri, May 22, 2015 12:10 BST

    Private rents across England and Wales have reached a record high average of £774 a month. Monthly rents were up 4.6% in April compared to the same time last year - the fastest annual increase since November ...

  • Challenger banks winning current account war Moneywise - Thu, May 21, 2015 17:55 BST

    Bank customers who use the government-backed current account comparison tool 'midata', are overwhelmingly rejecting the big high street banks in favour of smaller challengers. Analysis of the midata switching ...

  • Top five financial fibs Moneywise - Thu, May 21, 2015 16:26 BST

    1 Secret squirrels According to website Moneysupermarket, one in 10 people in relationships prefer to keep mum on the state of their finances, while as many as one-fifth have even kept money hidden from ...

  • Card payments overtake notes and coins Moneywise - Thu, May 21, 2015 13:38 BST

    Card and contactless payments have overtaken the use of cash for the first time, according to the Payments Council. The use of cash by consumers, businesses and organisations fell to 48% in 2014, down ...

  • Burglars reveal how we make ourselves easy targets Moneywise - Thu, May 21, 2015 12:42 BST

    Two million Brits are playing into the hands of burglars by leaving written copies of bank and credit card PINs lying around their houses and wallets. Burglars have admitted they seek out card PINs when ...

  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has hit Barclays with a £284 million fine – the UK's biggest ever financial penalty – for failings in its foreign exchange (FX) business. The FCA said the bank's failings ...

  • Aldermore ups fixed rates but cuts ISA interest Moneywise - Wed, May 20, 2015 15:59 BST

    Aldermore Bank is increasing the rate of interest it pays on two of its fixed-rate savings accounts. From 10am on Friday 22 May, the rate on the 1 Year Fixed Rate Account will rise to 1.90%, up from from ...

  • No let up in 'dodgy' supermarket offers Moneywise - Wed, May 20, 2015 13:40 BST

    Supermarket shoppers are still being misled by "dodgy" special offers and pricing tactics, according to consumer group Which?. It has revealed examples of pricing practices it believes are potentially ...

  • SSE loses 500,000 customers Moneywise - Wed, May 20, 2015 12:22 BST

    Energy company SSE has lost more than 500,000 customers in the past 12 months as customers continue to turn their back on the Big Six. The UK's second biggest energy company now has 8.5 million account ...

  • Skipton closes top-rate cash Isa Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 17:53 BST

    Top rate easy-access cash Isas continue to disappear. Skipton BS has closed its Bonus Isa at 1.5% to new savers. The top deal comes from National Savings & Investments also at 1.5%, but you can't transfer ...

  • Challenger banks: the good, the bad and the different Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 16:51 BST

    The so-called challenger banks have big hurdles to surmount in their efforts to entice a wider retail audience. In the past few years new players have been arriving on the bank- ing scene, allegedly to ...

  • T in the Park best value for money concert Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 15:05 BST

    Scotland's T in the Park has been named as the best value for money music festival in the UK. Research carried out by money saving website PromotionalCodes.org.uk compared the price of seven festival tickets ...

  • Six weeks after the government relaxed the rules on what retirees can do with their pension money, Fidelity Personal Investing has revealed how its customers have been taking advantage of the new freedoms. ...

  • House price growth in the north hit by unemployment Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 13:12 BST

    The 20 areas with the highest level of unemployment have seen the average house price rise by just £4,100, or 3%, over the past six years compared to the national average rise of almost £32,000, or 17%. ...

  • UK hit by deflation for first time in 55 years Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 12:15 BST

    The official measure of inflation recorded a fall of 0.1% in the year to April, the first time the price of goods and services in the UK has dipped since 1960. The Office for National Statistics said the ...

  • Claims managers fuelling PPI complaints Moneywise - Tue, May 19, 2015 11:28 BST

    Claims managers fuelling PPI complaints Laura Whitcombe Almost two-thirds of the 329,509 complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) over the past year were about payment protection insurance ...

  • How to write off debt Moneywise - Mon, May 18, 2015 16:33 BST

    The UK is a country built on debt and a love of plastic. Recent research from PwC found the average UK household will owe nearly £10,000 in unsecured debts by the end of 2016 while, according to figures ...

  • Boots and Hawaiian Tropic sun creams fail SPF tests Moneywise - Fri, May 15, 2015 12:15 BST

    Two of the UK's leading sunscreens don't offer the protection they say they do, research carried out by Which? has found. The consumer group tested 13 popular sunscreens to see whether they lived up to ...

  • Top-paying 'pensioner bonds' close tonight Moneywise - Fri, May 15, 2015 11:17 BST

    Savers aged 65 or more have until tonight to open the top-rate bonds on sale from National Savings & Investments. The 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds will be withdrawn from sale just before midnight tonight ...

  • Would you buy a home with a stranger? Moneywise - Thu, May 14, 2015 13:33 BST

    Many people would balk at the idea of buying a home with a stranger, yet a new free online property service is offering struggling first-time buyers in London the chance to do exactly that. If your children ...

  • What a Tory government means for your wallet Moneywise - Thu, May 14, 2015 11:17 BST

    With David Cameron's Conservatives heading back to No.10 alone, the 52% of Moneywise readers who told us they believed the party would be best for their household finances in our pre-election poll will ...

  • Families save more on half-term holidays Moneywise - Wed, May 13, 2015 11:40 BST

    The average total cost of a half-term holiday has fallen by almost 5% as a result of the strong pound, according to new research. M&S Bank has revealed that in this May's half term, a family of four will ...

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