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Interest rates rise above 0.5% for the first time in a decade

The Bank of England (BoE) has increased interest rates above 0.5% for the first time since 2009. Today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to push up the base rate by 0.25% to 0.75%. That’s not a massive increase; savers aren’t going to suddenly start seeing real returns on most of their bank or […]

The unexpected costs of parenthood

Children are not cheap. Whether your family is already growing, or if you are thinking of starting one soon, you have probably considered some of the obvious costs, such as private school and eventually, university. But what about those things that might not be so apparent? Research from American Express demonstrates one of these expenses; […]

Are you one of the 81% of grandparents who could be eligible for a pension boost?

Research from Halifax shows that 10% of grandparents help look after related children on a daily basis. If you are one of them, you could be eligible for credits which will boost the State Pension you receive later. They’re known as Childcare National Insurance Credits, and there are around 100,000 grandparents who are eligible to […]

Will you still be paying your mortgage at 70?

Research from Aegon has revealed that 14% of people believe that they will still be paying off their mortgage when they turn 70. The report suggests there are several reasons why people may be forced to continue paying a mortgage into retirement: Rising house prices: which mean people need to borrow bigger amounts of money […]

Avoiding pitfalls as pensioners pay more than £24 billion in tax

In 2015/16, 6.87 million pensioners paid an average of £3,522 each, in tax, according to Royal London. That’s a total of more than £24 billion. What affects the amount of tax you pay? According to the research, men are likely to face higher tax bills in retirement than women, though this is likely due to […]

Opening a Lifetime ISA: Should you go for Cash or Stocks & Shares?

Do you have a child or grandchild who will be looking to buy their first home? Will they one day want to retire? If so, they may be considering a Lifetime ISA (Individual Saving account), a tax-efficient way to help them meet these goals. As the second Lifetime Cash ISA is launched by the Nottingham […]