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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Borrowers and Lenders: Take Responsibility for Your Decisions / Personal_Finance / US Debt

By: Alex_Epstein

Throughout the housing crisis, we have heard demands from spokesmen for desperate homeowners, banks, and investors for every variety of government bailout. But there is one group from whom the nation has not heard: the millions of Americans who, like me, had nothing to do with the crisis, who entered into mortgage contracts they could meet or who refused to buy at exorbitant prices, but who will be forced to pay the bills for these bailouts. If we had a spokesman, this is what I wish he would say.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, May 02, 2008

How to Teach Your Children Financial Independence / Personal_Finance / Educating Children

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes; My daughter is only 10 months old, but my wife and I are already anticipating the day she comes asking us for money to buy the latest designer handbag. Disha is making a list of her favorite stores. Me? I'm envisioning how I'll use the request as a way to talk about the importance of money and sound spending habits.

Last time I checked, very few elementary schools — or even high schools, for that matter — were teaching kids anything about finance. And that's a real shame.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Instant Decision Credit Cards– A quick fix for bad credit? / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Gracia

Many people are now aware that opening a new credit card and running the account well is one of the best ways of improving one's credit rating. Those with bad credit that are expecting to get one of the instant decision credit cards however, may be a tad disappointed.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, April 14, 2008

How Safe is My FDIC-Insured Bank Account? / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Dr_Martenson

    Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYour bank account may not be as safe as you think (or hope). Taking a deeper look at the legal details and the financial depth of the FDIC reveals several troubling details that call into question how the FDIC would fare during a true banking crisis. 

    The US is coming out of a period of unusually low banking stress and failures. Since it is typical human behavior to let one's guard down during tranquil periods, we might legitimately ask if this has happened with respect to the FDIC. 

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 10, 2008

What Are Air Mile Credit Cards? / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Gracia

As you spend money using your air miles credit card, you accrue points that you can redeem for car hire, flights, or hotels.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

HSBC Mortgage Rate Matcher Rescue Offer- Smoke and Mirrors? / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Britain's biggest and most profitable bank offers to rescue mortgage borrowers who's fixed rates expire this year to high variable rates, with an offer to match their maturing fixed rates down to 4.5%.

HSBC Remortgage Offer Specs

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Purchase credit card offers– The 10 Must read Tips for getting the best 0% card offers / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Gracia

0% on purchases 0% on balance transfers … sounds great – We can't loose can we – Or can we!

We have put together a small list of tips to help consumers get the most from these promotional offers. With this guide, hopefully you will learn how to sieve through the multitude of deals, and get one that's right for you.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, April 07, 2008

Using Credit Cards Abroad– Avoid Nasty Charges and a Shock on Your Return! / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Gracia

Having a credit or debit card while on holiday can give you peace of mind, knowing that you are not having to carry large sums of money all the time.

But what about the costs of using your credit cards abroad ? If you do not use your card wisely, you could come home to a shock that turns the normal post holiday blues into a financial nightmare!

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Real Scoop on Annuities - Part One / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInsurance companies have always been big time financial institutions, and they could probably have claimed possession of the largest and safest investment portfolios on the planet. At one time, their role vis-à-vis Wall Street was clearly that of a giant customer for the securities the investment banks brought to market and which the securities firms distributed. Their real estate holdings were religious in size and quality. They were direct lenders to corporations, their owner-policyholders, and to other institutions. They were the Trustees who managed the private employee pension plans of the world.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Abbey Super Cash ISA 10%- Too Good to be True? / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbbey have launched what on face value looks like an unbeatable market breaking Cash ISA savings account paying a remarkable 10% for up to 13 months on lump sum investments of up to£3,600 (from 6th April), but and there is a big BUT, savers also have to invest a lump sum into their Guaranteed Equity Bond GEB, which usually tend to prove to be very bad investments, therefore this article attempts to present an objective look at the Abbey product to determine whether or not it stacks up against other Cash ISA's such as the Barclays 12 month Tax Haven Cash ISA paying 6.5%. Both Cash ISA savings accounts are instant access.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, March 10, 2008

Best Cash ISA Savings Accounts- Barclays Tax Haven ISA -March 2008 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Shahla_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe end of the Tax year is little more than 3 weeks away giving enough time for savers to make sure that their cash ISA allowances are fully utilised. Savers can still enjoy remarkably good rates of interest despite two Bank of England interest rate cuts to 5.25%. This continues to be as a consequence of the credit crunch which means that cash starved banks are willing to pay savers that bit extra to get cash in through the doors. Though as the economy slows there will be further cuts in UK interest rates and therefore cash ISA savings rates will decline further from the heady levels approaching 7% seen in October 2007.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Devaluation of Your Savings - When Cash is Trash, Part II / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen I wrote Part I of "When Cash is Trash" just three months ago — colleagues, investors, even friends and family told me I was nuts. "How can you go wrong with keeping most of your money safe in cash?" they asked.

"Safe?" I replied. "Give me a break!" Cash is like any other investment — its value goes up and down relative to other assets. Back then I said the current environment made cash just about the worst investment to hold on to. And, today, I still believe that.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Are Your Savings and Investments Safe From Bank Failures? / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Christopher_Laird

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTime to ask a few good questions about your Interest rates - I think its time to start asking some basic questions about what we all think we are doing financially. Is what we do appropriate for the times? Or, more to the point, do we view risk appropriately?

Do we live in a time where we might just see our personal banks, or financial institutions such as money market funds, MMFs, fail?

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 22, 2008

High Risk 125% and 100% Mortgages Disappearing / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

By the close of play yesterday four of the six lenders that were offering 125% loan to value mortgages had announced that they were to withdraw these higher risk home loans. Alliance and Leicester, Coventry BS, Godiva Mortgages and Abbey are all set to pull these deals this week. Julia Harris analyst at moneyfacts.co.uk investigates:

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Credit Card Balance Transfers – Not What They Used to be / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Samantha Owens, Head of Personal Finance at Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments on the 0% balance transfer deals and how this market has changed: “It was way back in 2004 when balance transfer fees first started to raise their ugly heads on 0% credit card deals. However with increasing levels of personal debt, the market for transferring balances has become more competitive, but for the consumer it has become harder to get these deals.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 15, 2008

UK Long-Term Fixed Rate Mortgage Advantage Over Short-term Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the year goes on, an increasing number of borrowers will be facing the dilemma of what to do once they come to the end of their fixed rate mortgage deals. Julia Harris, mortgage analyst at moneyfacts.co.uk, looks at the options available.

Trackers without penalties

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inland Revenue Extends Tax Filing Deadline to Midnight 1st Feb 08 / Personal_Finance / UK Tax & Budget

By: Shahla_Walayat

Due to technical difficulties which included the crash of the online self assessment filing system, the Inland Revenue announced earlier today that the penalty free deadline has been extended to midnight 1st of february. However as I highlighted in yesterdays article - UK Tax Filing Deadlines - 31st Jan 2008, 1st Feb 2008 and 4th Feb 2008! , earlier court rulings had already ensured that people could submit tax returns up to midnight on 1st of Feb without incurring the £100 penalty.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Lenders Raise Mortgage Interest Rates in Advance of UK Interest Rate Cut! / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

With speculation rife that the Monetary Policy Committee will cut base rate again next week, mortgage lenders have been preparing for the potential increased demand by increasing margins offered on tracker rate mortgages. Denise Harvey, mortgage analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk investigates.

“In the last two weeks alone, analysis from Moneyfacts.co.uk has revealed that 10 lenders have increased the margins on tracker mortgages by as much as 0.45%.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

UK Tax Filing Deadlines - 31st Jan 2008, 1st Feb 2008 and 4th Feb 2008! / Personal_Finance / UK Tax & Budget

By: Shahla_Walayat

The UK Tax filing deadline is 31st January 2008, any return that is received on the 31st of January i.e. upto Midnight subject to tax office opening hours or online submission confirmation.

However, returns received upto midnight 1st of February despite being considered as late will not incur an automatic penalty.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fixed Savings Rates Near 7%, Despite Easing of Interbank Rates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

As fixed rate savings continue to fall, Rachel Thrussell head of savings at moneyfacts.co.uk looks at what this sector of the savings market still has to offer.

“Although we have seen a dramatic drop in some short term fixed rate savings over the last couple of weeks, with larger institutions such as Halifax dropping rates by up to 1%, there are still some really good deals to be found.”

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