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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Payday Loans Get Criticised – Again / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Submissions

Brent Wayne writes: Payday loans always seem to be being criticised and this time it is because there is a feeling that students are being unfairly targeted for them. A payday loan is an expensive way to borrow because it is aimed at people with a poor credit record, which may mean that they have been in debt a lot in the past or that they have no history of borrowing. It is felt that these people are the ones that are most vulnerable in society and so they should not be being targeted.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Gloomy Cash ISA Savings Interest Rates Outlook / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research reveals a slow start to the ISA season. Not only has it started a month later than expected, product choice and rates have fallen and the ability to transfer funds is fading fast.

In Feb 2012, the market consisted of 385 ISAs paying an average of 2.55% and 22 of those would not allow transfers in.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 01, 2013

The Frightening Financial Crisis Facing Young Americans / Personal_Finance / Student Finances

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes: Young Americans are falling deeper and deeper into a financial crisis that will be nearly impossible to escape from in their lifetimes.

Unfortunately, the problems start at a very young age. Not only do a record number of school-age children live in poverty, but the number of homeless children in the public school system has reached an all-time high.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, January 31, 2013

FSA Plans to Review UK Retirement Annuity Pricing / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: MoneyFacts

Following the announcement that the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is to conduct a thematic review into annuity pricing, research by Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts highlights the financial detriment that consumers could suffer in retirement as a result of their failure to shop around for the best annuity.

The table below highlights the difference between the most competitive annuity and least competitive annuity deals currently available to retirees at a variety of different ages.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, January 18, 2013

How to Tell If You’re Rich / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Investment_U

Alexander Green writes: One of the biggest points of contention in the last election was whether the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Polls show the majority of voters don’t believe they do.

Of course, this begs the questions: Who is “rich” and what is “fair?”

Answers are largely a matter of opinion. But here is a fact: IRS figures show that the top 10% of income earners make 43% of all the income and pay 70% of all the taxes. Is that fair? If not, how much should they pay: 75%… 90%… all of it? And how about the now widely recognized fact – thanks to Mitt Romney’s secret videographer – that 47% of Americans don’t pay any income taxes. Is that fair? Opinions will vary.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Intense Inflation Misery for Weary Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) in December stuck at 2.7%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 3.37% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 4.50%.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

UK Pension Annuity Income Suffers Biggest Fall Since 1998 / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: MoneyFacts

New research by Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts has revealed that the average annual income generated by a standard annuity for a 65-year old male fell by 11.5% during 2012. This is the biggest annual fall since 1998, when annuity income fell by an average of 13.7% (see Table 1 below).

The equivalent annuity income for a female dropped by 6.1% in 2012, a fall that was cushioned by the uplift that females received on the switch over to gender neutral pricing from 21 December 2012.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

UK Saving Accounts Fast Disappearing Bonus Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Just when savers thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Moneyfacts research shows that not only are savings rates falling to devastating lows but introductory bonuses are all but disappearing too.

The table below shows the number of accounts over the last three years, including August 2012 when Funding for Lending was launched as an indication of what happened to accounts straight after launch.  

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No UK CPI Inflation Christmas Gift for UK Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) remained at 2.7% during November.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 3.37% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 4.50%.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Home Winter Weather Proofing 22 Point Survey, Save Energy & Repair Bills / Personal_Finance / Home Maintenance

By: Sami_Walayat

Conducting a preventative home winter weather proofing survey can save on costly repair bills such as damage form blocked drains, gutters, leaking roofs, and burst pipes, as well as saving on excessive energy usage due to drafts, lack of insulation and boiler problems.

This comprehensive 22 point video DIY home survey will show you all of the main areas that should be covered that has the potential of saving £ thousands each year.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The UK Saving Accounts Vanishing Act / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research reveals 351 savings accounts have been withdrawn from the market since the start of the year, 191 of which were withdrawn in November 2012 alone.  The research also revealed the number of savings accounts paying above BoE base rate fell by 304 accounts from January 2012, and 162 of these have been withdrawn since the start of November.        

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

UK Fixed Rate Savings Bond Interest Rates At All Time Low / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research reveals the average rate of fixed term bonds across every term from one year bonds all the way through to five year bonds has dramatically fallen to an all time low.    

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Truth Behind Governments Funding For Lending Scheme (FLS) / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: MoneyFacts

The Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) opened for business on 1 August with the number one aim of kick-starting the economy by making mortgages and SME lending much more accessible. To date, 30 lenders have taken up the offer of access to cheap loans.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

UK Government’s Funding for Lending Devastates Savings Market / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research reveals that the UK savings market is being decimated by the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which allows lenders to borrow from the Government at vastly reduced rates, negating their need to raise funds via the traditional method of savings.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Halifax illustrates Cash ISA Savings Catastrophe, Which Best ISA Now? / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBritain's savers continue to fight a losing battle to maintain purchasing power of savings following the financial crash of four years ago since which time savings interest rates have tended to languish below even the official highly suspect CPI inflation rate, that never reflects the rising cost of peoples weekly shops. Britain's whole savings market reeks of being a fraudulent enterprise that exists purely to transfer wealth from savers over to the banks and government (taxes). In which respect cash ISA's offered some hope to at least avoid the tax element of the stealth theft underway.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Most Important U.S. Tax Moves Before December 31 / Personal_Finance / Taxes

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlexander Green writes: In his acceptance speech after his re-election, President Obama said he will make reducing the deficit a priority in his second term. During the long campaign, neither he nor Mitt Romney gave many details about how much they would cut from which programs. But Obama did make some very specific tax proposals.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, November 12, 2012

Credit Card Interest Rates Hit 18-month High / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

While there is an abundance of interest-free purchase and balance transfer deals hitting the market, consumers need to be aware that the average purchase rate on credit cards has hit an 18-month high.

With customers generally taking advantage of interest-free deals, lenders need to sustain the offers, so rates are rising.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, November 02, 2012

Will The Inflation Monster Devour Your Savings? / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: DeviantInvestor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInflation will destroy your savings unless you prepare. I encourage you to buy my new eBook, “Survival Investing With Gold and Silver.”

Question: Is this book simple and easy to understand?

Answer: Yes!

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Two Simple Financial Rules Young People Should Learn to Live by / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePorter Stansberry writes: Aaron Brabham: So Porter, it turns out we have a new demographic that we never sought to attract... the 20- to 25-year-olds.
 
I love it, personally, because I feel like this could be the next generation of conscientious voters and good investors. These people could have some good sense about them if they keep listening to Stansberry Radio...
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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What Happens When a Fixed Rate Bonds Mature? / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn these days of low returns, fixed rate bonds have for many become the savings vehicle of choice but what happens when the term comes to an end? Confusingly, there are three correct answers to this question.

  • Some providers will send you your money back
  • Some providers will put your money into a pre-designated account
  • Some providers will contact you
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