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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Desperate Times for UK Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) decreased during March from 4.4% to 4.00%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.00% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 6.67%.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Cushion Your Retirement by Investing in IRAs / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: If I were to recommend a stock and guarantee a return of 10% to 28% on your investment in a single day, you'd no doubt line up at your broker's door to place your orders.

But then why do so many people fail to make the maximum contribution to their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)? After all, in its traditional version, an IRA offers exactly the same return, depending on your personal tax bracket.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Five-Million-Dollar Reason for Investors to Go Offshore / Personal_Finance / Investing 2011

By: Terry_Coxon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTerry Coxon, co-editor of The Casey Report, is president of Passport Financial, Inc., and for over 30 years has advised clients on legal ways to internationalize their assets to optimize tax, wealth protection and estate planning goals. Read here how you can take advantage of a U.S. tax act and save a lot of money in the process…

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Personal_Finance

Monday, March 21, 2011

Banks Entice Savers into Fixed Cash ISAs / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

High demand for savers’ money has led to a sharp rise in the number of fixed rate ISAs.

In the last two years alone the number of fixed rate ISAs has more than doubled from 56 in March 2009, to 139 today.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Debt Trap: Are the Scavengers Stalking You? / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Jack_Reed

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou fought off your debts successfully last year. Today you are a happy man. You take pride in enlightening your friends about your debt story because you were never bogged down by it. It feels great because people now people come to you with their financial problems.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, March 07, 2011

15 Tips for Staying Sane While Unemployed / Personal_Finance / Unemployment

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is nothing easy about being unemployed. It is stressful. It depletes your sense of self-confidence and takes away any feeling of financial stability that you may once have had. The longer that unemployment drags on, the more it feels like it’s going to make you crazy. However, there are many things that you can do to keep your sanity even while you’re unemployed. While it may sometimes be tough to motivate yourself to do these things, doing so will improve your mental health during your job search and make you a more appealing candidate at those interviews!

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 25, 2011

UK Savers Continuing Negative Real Interest Rates Punished for Bankster Crimes / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe tax payer bailed out vampire-esk banking sector continues to suck the life blood of savers by paying sub inflation interest rates to savers on even the governments highly doctored and under reported inflation measure of CPI. This analysis seeks to evaluate to what degree today's savers are subsidising the high street banks when comparing their BEST instant access savings accounts against the official CPI inflation rate.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 18, 2011

Best Cash ISA Savings Account as April 5th 2011 Tax Year Deadline Looms / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith UK Inflation soaring on even the governments preferred measure of CPI at 4%, which stands against the more recognised RPI rate at 5.1% and real inflation as experienced by most of the population at 6.6%, UK savers continue to have the real terms value of their life time accumulated savings effectively stolen so as to bolster the bankrupt bailed out banks balance sheets, savers can lessen the stealth theft of wealth by utilising their annual cash ISA allowances before the end of the current tax year (5th April 2011) as it is a case of use it or lose it.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CPI Inflation 4%, UK Savers Pain Gets Tougher / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased during January from 3.7% to 4.00%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate tax payer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.00% pa, while a higher rate tax payer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 6.67%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

UK Average Credit Card Interest Rates Hit 13 Year High / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Increased competition in the credit card market at the end of the 1990s meant rates started to fall, dropping to their lowest level in 2006.

Since 2006, as the economic downturn took hold, credit card rates have steadily increased, with the average rate for new customers today hitting a 13 year high of 18.9%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Four Steps to a Richer Retirement / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTake a quick survey of the retirement landscape and things look pretty darn dire.

According to a survey conducted by Wells Fargo last month, the average American has managed to save a meager 7 percent of the amount they’d like to have in their Golden Years.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Further Misery for Savers as Inflation Hits CPI 3.7% / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Price Index increased by 0.4% to 3.7% during December.

To beat inflation, a basic rate tax payer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 4.63% pa, while a higher rate tax payer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 6.17%.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, January 14, 2011

What You Should Do to Cut Your Energy Bill / Personal_Finance / Gas - Petrol

By: Sean_Brodrick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Modern American uses about as much energy as a blue whale. That’s not an easy feat, considering that blue whales outweigh us — even us supersized Americans — 2,285 to 1. But this has consequences for the whole world because the whole world wants to live like big, fat Americans, and the world can’t support 7 billion blue whales.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Is Your Bank on the "100 Safest" List? Maybe You Should Find Out / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2011

By: EWI

We want to trust in the financial stability of our bank. After all, most of us have money in these institutions.

In spite of our wishful thinking, the tide of bank failures has not stopped. And these failures are occurring well after the heart of the financial crisis -- and even after some of these banks received bailouts.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, January 03, 2011

United States Postal Service Announces Forever Stamps / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States Postal Service announced this week that all future first class postage stamps sold will be the so-called "forever stamps" that have no face value but are guaranteed to cover the cost of mailing a first class letter, regardless of how high that cost may rise in the future. Currently these stamps are sold for 44 cents, but will increase in price if and when the Post Office hikes rates.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, January 03, 2011

Stop Accumulating Additional Debt, 2011 To-Do List / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany people I’ve spoken with over the past 6 months or so have expressed extreme dissatisfaction with their individual and/or collective ability to affect change in government. Sure, there have been some small victories here and there, but by and large our biggest problems continue to rage on unabated. For quite some time I shared in their frustration, and still do, but have realized that sometimes the actions of the masses need to take place on a different level to change the bigger paradigms. To use some old adages, we shouldn’t throw stones from a glass house, and we should certainly tend to our own backyard before criticizing that of our neighbor. On this last day of 2010, let’s take a look at what we can do in our own financial lives to improve our situations. Let’s call it trickle-up responsibility.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, December 27, 2010

Is Putin pitiable, or is the FT corrupt? / Personal_Finance / Mainstream Media

By: Eric_Kraus

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReading the FT on Russia, what is interesting is not what they write – it is why they write it. A friend of T&B was told face-to-face about six months ago by an FT editor that, as a journalist here, one’s role has to be ”to write about how awful Russia is”. (While, admittedly, T&B does not know many FT journalists in Poland, Belgium or Mexico, we strongly suspect that they have an entirely different mandate. Only in Russia has the paper descended to outright advocacy…)

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Personal_Finance

Monday, December 27, 2010

UK Sales Bank Holiday Monday, Discounts List Update and Buying Tips / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSALES - 27th DEC 2010 UPDATE - The worst weather for decades coupled with economic austerity and the January 4th VAT hike from 17.5% to 20%, set the scene for shoppers to enjoy deep discounts in the annual sales with many distressed retailers making deep discounts of at least 50% and as much as 75%.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 24, 2010

Northern Rock ESaver4, Best Instant Access Savings Account For 2011 Start / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

With the new year less than 10 days away, now is a good time to check the savings rates on your instant access deposit accounts and make the switch so as to maximise interest income, especially as many providers are stilling paying a pittance of less than 1% and virtually all deploy the bonus rate trick to hook customers in then drop the rates to a pittance after a year.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 24, 2010

UK Royal Mail Postage Stamps to Soar in Price by 14% During 2011, Stock Up Now! / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Royal Mail has announced that they intend pushing up the price of postage costs in April 2010 by as much as an eye watering 14%.

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