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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Asda Price Guarantee (Sheffield Handsworth Prices) a Publicity Stunt ? / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith much fanfare and publicity, the Asda supermarket chain recently announced its online Price Guarantee Check service in an attempt at halting the drain of customers to its main rivals, the tool enables customers to enter every receipt online to be checked against prices derived from on Independant online price checking site, where customers receive a voucher for the difference if an alternative supermarket is cheaper. Sounds good until one starts applying it in practice and could find that virtually every receipt virtually always ends up being cheaper at Asda than at its rivals (as per my experience of 8 receipts).

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Social Security and Retirement Planning Dilemmas and Obstacles / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI’m getting so many reader questions about my parents’ Social Security and retirement, I could write a book about them.

You want to know:

What are my parents planning for their retirement?

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Average Stakeholder CTF Just £1 higher Than Cash Alternative / Personal_Finance / CTF

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe latest survey by Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts has revealed how the value of the average stakeholder Child Trust Fund (CTF) has edged back past those of cash CTFs over the five years since the scheme was launched.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UK Bank Overdraft Interest Rates Hit Decade High / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDespite bank base rate being at an all time low, authorised overdraft rates have hit their highest level in a decade.

The average authorised overdraft rate now stands at 14.22%. The last time overdraft rates were this high, bank base rate was 6.00%.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Best Cash ISA Alternative to Santander Flexible ISA / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSantander market beating Cash ISA that pays 2.7% above the base rate for a fixed 12 months is soon to become a publicity stunt for the ISA league tables as savers will be required to jump through hoops to open an account from May 4th.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 30, 2010

Santander Flexible Cash ISA Savings Account Withdrawn in All But Name / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The market beating cash ISA from Santander that paid 2.7% above the base interest rate (currently 0.5%) has been withdrawn in all but name as savers trying to open an account at their branches will not be able to do so.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Santander A&L Flexible Cash ISA Still the Best Tax Free Savings Account on the Market / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

30th April 2010 - NOTE - The Account to all intents and purposes has been withdraw, Do not waste your time visiting the branch to try and open an account as you will NOT be able to do so.

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAll savers now have the opportunity to to deposit £5,100 into their this years Cash ISA tax free savings accounts as part of the increased annual ISA allowance of £10,200. I have been banging the drum for the Santander / A&L Cash ISA (No Affiliation with Santander) for several months as the best available account by far which at the time was paying a guaranteed rate of UK base interest rate PLUS 3% for 12 months i.e. currently paying 3.5%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Critical Illness Insurance Payouts Continuing to Rise / Personal_Finance / Insurance

By: MoneyFacts

More critical illness claims were paid out than ever before in 2009, as the problem of non-disclosure continued to be eradicated from the protection industry, a new survey from Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts has revealed.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

UK Inflation Jump Punishes Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by more than expected to 3.40%.

To stop their savings pot effectively eroding away, a basic rate tax payer needs to find an account paying 4.25%, while a higher rate tax payer needs to find an account paying 5.64%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Inflation Mega-trend Implications for UK Borrowers and Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following is an excerpt form the Inflation Mega-Trend Ebook Pages 50-51 (FREE Download) The ebook includes in depth analysis of the unfolding inflationary trends and 50 pages of wealth protection strategies.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hybrid Car Purchases, Economics and Investment Capital Growth Implications / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor the young person just starting out on a periodic savings and investment program with many years of compounding ahead, several thousand additional dollars put into their savings over the holding period of each car they own creates a significant capital value over a lifetime.  The conventional versus hybrid car purchase choice can provide that extra investment capital.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 16, 2010

Protect Your Wealth From the IRS, The Tax Window of Opportunity / Personal_Finance / Taxes

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVedran Vuk, Casey Research writes: The biggest danger to your wealth isn’t a bubble in China or Europe – it’s the IRS. Since 1987, top earners have been taxed between 28 percent and 39.6 percent, a relatively low range compared to the 50-percent-and-above rates for most of the century. However, with enormous annual deficits and Social Security lurking around the corner like a mugger, the future promises a return to old tax norms.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 16, 2010

Protecting Your Wealth from Your Government / Personal_Finance / US Politics

By: DailyWealth

At DailyWealth, our major focus is on helping you grow your wealth as quickly and safely as possible...

For ideas on how to protect your wealth once you have it, I don't know anyone better than asset-protection attorney Joel Nagel.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Three Cheers for Tax Shelters! / Personal_Finance / Taxes

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOkay, before you get the wrong idea … today’s article is not going to talk about hiding money in foreign countries or any other strategy that is either suspicious or outright illegal.

Cheating on your taxes is hardly something I would advocate, let alone celebrate.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It’s Impossible to “Get By” In the U.S. / Personal_Finance / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the market cheers on the fantastic job “growth” of March 2010, the more astute of us are concerned with a growing tide of personal bankruptcies. March 2010 saw 158,000 bankruptcy filings. David Rosenberg of Gluskin-Sheff notes that this is an astounding 6,900 filings per day.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Best Cash ISA Savings Account as April 5th 2010 Tax Year Deadline Looms / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFirstly, some great news in Labour's last Budget for ISA savers and investors, in that the ISA allowances will now rise in line with inflation which starts with the new total allowance of £10,200 from 6th of April 2010 for all ISA savers that basically makes up for not having indexed the original allowance of £7,200 for the past 10 years. For cash ISA savers this means £5,100 will rise annually inline with the RPI inflation index from April 2011 which will make significant difference over the long run i.e. at an average inflation rate of 3% the total annual ISA of £10,200 in 10 years time will stand at £13,708, with a total additional allowance of £18,440 (£9,220 cash) so a significant difference and an even greater potential for cash ISA's to be used as a relatively risk free pensions savings vehicle without all of the tricks, fees, charges and risks built into the existing stake-holder and personal pension plans that ensure pension investors don't get anything like the returns they are promised.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Beginning of the End of Free Banking / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Speculation is rife that in tomorrow’s Budget, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling will announce that all UK citizens must be offered a basic bank account from UK banks if they want one.

Currently, basic bank accounts are available to the majority of customers, with only a few being declined in exceptional circumstances, including having a previous bankruptcy judgement against them.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inflation Continues To Erode the Value of Savers Money / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has fallen to 3%, a level still well above the Government’s target of 2%.

To stop their savings pot effectively eroding away, a basic rate tax payer needs to find an account paying 3.75%, while a higher rate tax payer needs to find an account paying 4.98%.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Credit Risk Hits the 0% Balance Transfer Market / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVirgin Money’s decision to reduce its 0% balance transfer period from 16 to 14 months has highlighted another tactic by credit card providers who, over the course of the credit crunch, have adopted a risk based approach to lending.

The number of cards offering balance transfers has fallen by 10% since the credit crunch began in 2007. As of today, 152 out of 219 cards offer balance transfers deals, 140 of them at 0%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UK Petrol Prices to Hit Record High As Stealth Inflation Rages / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK Petrol prices are set to hit new record highs over the coming weeks despite Crude Oil at near half its mid 2008 peak of $150, Why ?

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