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House prices dipped in September, says Nationwide

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 30, 2014 at 09:02

House prices fell 0.2% in September, their first decline in sixteen months. Nationwide building society thinks the slow down may continue for the rest of the year.

Government to abolish 55% pensions death tax

by Alex Steger on Sep 29, 2014 at 16:35

(Update) The government will abolish the 55% pensions death tax charge, chancellor George Osborne has announced.

The Accumulator: FTSE tumbles towards 2014 loss

by Daniel Grote on Sep 26, 2014 at 14:54

The FTSE 100 is only just in the black after a bad week. Our newly enhanced Accumulator table tells the story.

How the 'mansion tax' could hit more than the rich

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:58

If a change in council tax bands is needed to implement Labour's proposed 'mansion tax', many homeowners could be in for a shock.

Private investors join Mike Ashley in punt on Tesco

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 25, 2014 at 13:49

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct takes a big position in shares in embattled Tesco as stockbrokers report a surge in interest from private investors.

Royal Mint offers gold, but beware pension tax trap

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:49

Investing in gold has been given a boost by the Royal Mint but beware of holding the metal in your pension.

Fresh attack on new pension freedoms

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:45

Changes to the pension rules make it easier to access savings, but a growing number of opponents argue the freedoms should be reined in.

Week Ahead: eurozone woes in focus after Scottish scare

by Daniel Grote on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:46

Investors may be relieved at Scotland's 'no', but the next macroeconomic drama is never far away.

'Sweet spot' for markets after Scottish 'no'

by Daniel Grote on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:02

Relieved fund managers and analysts believe the FTSE 100 can now march upwards for the rest of the year.

Find out if you're saving enough for retirement

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:26

To find out if you're saving enough, you have to know how much you need in retirement.

Generation Y feels the pinch: under-30s hit hardest by inflation

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 16, 2014 at 16:50

Cost of education means inflation weighs heaviest on younger generations.

Scotland may have to give tax breaks to wealthy 'non doms'

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:10

The need for investment would mean an independent Scotland might have to offer tax breaks to wealthy foreigners, a tax lawyer says.

What are the main risks of an independent Scotland?

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:41

Dispel the Scotch mist hanging over the referendum debate with our video guide to how the breakup of the UK would affect us all. 

Week Ahead: Scottish independence vote looms large

by Daniel Grote on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:16

For all the market jitters, investors still haven't priced in much chance of a 'yes' victory.

Annuity rates are falling: should you lock in now?

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:53

The income received from an average annuity has fallen nearly £100 in just a month.

The Accumulator: our weekly data table turns red

by Daniel Grote on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:24

Support for Scottish independence, Chinese economic slowdown and fears of US interest rate hikes led to a torrid week for investors.

Employers can't cope with picking good pension schemes

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 10, 2014 at 14:31

Workers could find themselves auto-enrolled into unsuitable pension schemes picked by their employers.

What should Prince Harry do with his inheritance?

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 09, 2014 at 10:53

Harry is set to inherit £10 million from his mother's estate when he turns 30 next week.

Government to lift restrictions on Nest pension scheme

by Michelle McGagh on Sep 08, 2014 at 14:38

Restrictions on contributions in the government-backed pension will be lifted in 2017 after European ruling.

How to position your portfolio for an interest rate rise

by Jennifer Hill on Sep 06, 2014 at 09:00

With most experts predicting an interest rate rise late this year or early next, here's how fund managers are preparing their portfolios.

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