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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 12, 2017 4:50:31 AM

If your family has grown up and flown the nest and you’re moving closer to retiring, it’s likely that you’ve at least thought about downsizing your home. For some it …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 12, 2017 11:11:12 AM

Whilst the country takes in the latest developments in the ongoing saga that is contemporary British politics, one question that many will be looking for answers to, is how the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Apr 26, 2016 5:48:28 AM

Peer-to peer or P2P is the new kid on the block for most investors. Peer-to-peer lending websites are offering very attractive rates compared to banks & building societies. In these …

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by Alexander Beard, on Mar 3, 2016 9:09:02 AM

Responding to the HM Treasury consultation on the 3% surcharge on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) proposals for second properties, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) urges reform of the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Nov 24, 2015 6:22:10 AM

Concerns over money dominate the thinking of pre-retirees, according to new research from Retirement Advantage. Conducted by YouGov, the study finds almost half (49%) of over 50s are worried about …

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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 7, 2015 5:41:47 AM

When the physical growth slows and intellectual development reaches a peak, it can be a difficult time. As the father of a number of teenagers, I have found that the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 26, 2015 4:13:25 AM

The possibility on an interest rate raise has been a hot topic this week with the vote by the Bank Of England Monetary Policy Committee being 8:1 for holding rates …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 11, 2015 8:46:50 AM

A major shake-up of the buy-to-let housing market could be about to take place, after the Chancellor announced plans to change mortgage tax relief for landlords. In his Summer Budget …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 10, 2015 5:18:35 AM

July was a dramatic month. Greece held a referendum and emphatically rejected the austerity package offered by its creditors. Motor-cycle riding Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned, calling the creditors “terrorists”, …

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by Alexander Beard, on Feb 20, 2015 5:11:18 AM

After age 30 it is probable that financial planning will be upped one or two gears and become a far more intense matter. It is worth reflecting how things have …

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by Alexander Beard, on Feb 19, 2015 10:15:49 AM

It’s only two months ago – on December 3rd – that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. But we’re now just a few weeks away from …

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by Alexander Beard, on Dec 15, 2014 6:06:07 AM

Settling on the perfect mortgage for you and your family can be a difficult task. How do you decide on which of the current offers will benefit you the most? …

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