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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Tax Free Cash ISA Deadline, Best Savings Account Pays 3.5% Interest Rate / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust four weeks remain for savers to fully utilise at least the £3,600 cash element of their annual £7,200 ISA allowance. Even if you have already utilised this years allowance, savers need to ensure that they check the interest rates being paid on a regular basis, especially for those accounts that have matured as the banks and building societies are notorious for cutting rates on existing accounts and dumping matured accounts into pittance paying cash ISA accounts, paying as little as 0.1%. i.e. 1/30th the rate of a top current instant access account which on an ISA account balance of £3,600 means the difference between receiving £3.60 or £108 in interest per annum.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Transfer Your Cash ISA to Maximise Savings Interest Rate / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

The ISA season is now in full swing and there is growing competition amongst providers to secure that top Cash ISA rate.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, February 22, 2010

Two Cheers for Credit Cards / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEver since someone in grad school deviously introduced me to the concept of "irrational" debt aversion, I have been carrying credit-card balances that are far too high. Believe me, I understand the tricks these companies pull, like the clause in fine print where you unwittingly pledged away your firstborn.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UK Savers Suffer as CPI Inflation Doubles / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

The consumer price index again rose even sharper to 3.50%, nearly double the Government’s target of 2%.  

Savings rates are still falling after a flurry of lenders cut a selection of mortgage deals. The average no notice rate fell by 0.02% to 0.73% since last month.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Pension's Retirement Income Has Collapsed By More than 70% / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePersonal pension savers are facing an uphill battle in their quest to fund a comfortable retirement, according to the latest survey by Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Retirement Armageddon / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have just posted a video of my 90-minute seminar: "Retirement Armageddon." It presents the background for a series of nasty surprises.

For those of you who don't have time to watch a 90-minute video, let me summarize its implications.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why the Government Wants to Hijack Your 401(k) / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: It's bad enough that we've been forced to bail out Wall Street. But now the Obama administration is hatching plans to raid our retirement savings, too.

To say that I'm "outraged" doesn't come close to describing the emotions I experience every time I think about the government's latest hare-brained scheme.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cash ISA Savings Interest Rates Starting to Improve / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

Traditionally ISA season starts to gather pace in mid February, but this year things appear to have started early.

Since the start of the year, new and/or revised products have been launched by, amongst others Alliance & Leicester, Birmingham Midshires, Chelsea BS, Leeds BS, The Post Office and Santander.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, January 23, 2010

UK Savers Losing Money on Virtually ALL Instant Access Savings Accounts / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe savers and borrowers of Britain are being forced to pay for the crimes of the bankster's by an inept, incompetent, and culpable Labour government that has so far bent over backwards to placate the bankster's to the fullest extent even if it ultimately means bankrupting Britain.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, January 22, 2010

Major Credit Card Changes Looming for 2010 / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Amber_Dakar

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDo you remember the days of easy credit? It doesn’t seem that long ago when we “benefited” from loose lending standards in the credit card industry. It seemed like every day there were multiple credit card offers in the mailbox with no annual fees, extremely low and prolonged introductory interest rates, and very generous credit lines.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Building Societies Better than Banks in Saving Accounts Interest Rates Consistency / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBuilding societies have once again dominated the first Moneyfacts consistency survey of 2010, with 72.5% of all accounts listed as performing consistently.

Key points of the January 2010 Moneyfacts.co.uk Consistency Survey:

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Best Cash ISA Tax Free Savings Account for 2010 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of your New Year resolutions should be to first fully utilise the cash element of your annual ISA allowance of £3,600, especially as it is a case of use it or lose it as we march towards the end of of the current tax year on April 5th 2010. Even if you have already utilised this years allowance, savers need to ensure that they check the interest rates being paid on a regular basis, especially for those accounts that have matured as the banks and building societies are notorious for cutting rates on existing accounts and dumping matured accounts into pittance paying cash ISA accounts, paying as little as 0.1%. i.e. 1/30th the rate of a top current instant access account which on an ISA account balance of £3,600 means the difference between receiving £3.60 or £108 in interest per annum.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 24, 2009

UK Boxing Day and Christmas Holiday Sales List, Shop for Recession Bargains / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe deepest recession since the great depression gives shoppers an opportunity to buy on deep discounting before the January 1st VAT increase to 17.5% from 15%. Distressed high street stores have already started cutting prices before Christmas with discounts typically of 50%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Christmas and New Years Shopping Tips / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Amber_Dakar

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe National Retail Federation projects U.S. consumers will spend an average of $682.74 on holiday shopping this year — a 3.2 percent drop from last year. So retailers have been pulling out all the stops to capture as many of those scarce consumer dollars as possible.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Exceptional Business Service Awards – Pay It Forward / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Steve_Selengut

Maybe it’s the holiday season, or maybe it's just the rare sense of appreciation I felt when I noticed the missing number on the monthly invoice. An epiphany even! This company actually wanted, appreciated, and knew how to retain my business.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 10, 2009

UK Banks Cut Fixed and Variable Savings Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

2009 appears to be ending in a similar fashion to 2008 for savers, with many top deals being withdrawn or having rates reduced.

Since the beginning of November, 62% of product changes to Moneyfacts.co.uk have been product withdrawals. While many of these products have been replaced, in the majority of cases the replacement products are offering lower returns.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Mortgage Lenders Target Short Term Fixed Interest Rate Deals / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Lenders have become accustomed to the post banking crisis world: indeed, the signs from the mortgage market indicate that credit conditions are easing and that lenders are more willing to lend.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tis the Season To Be Thrifty / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeople who value money more than time get involved in Black Friday sales. I don't, because I value time more than money.

If you are after a specific high-ticket item, such as a new computer, shop on-line. Avoid stores.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beware of Credit and Debit Card Foreign Usage Charges this Winter / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs winter draws nearer, many people will be considering booking a holiday to sunnier climates.

While using your credit or debit card may be the easiest way to pay for things while your away, costs can soon mount up.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Cash ISA Tax Free Savings Account Update November 2009 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSavers with cash ISA accounts need to ensure that they check the interest rates being paid on a regular basis, especially for those accounts that have matured as the banks and building societies are notorious for cutting rates on existing accounts and dumping matured accounts into pittance paying cash ISA accounts, paying as little as 0.1%. i.e. 1/30th the rate of a top current instant access account which on an ISA account balance of £3,600 means the difference between receiving £3.60 or £108 in interest per annum.

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