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Reduced protection for mortgage payments

Reduced protection for mortgage payments

What would happen if you were unable to pay your mortgage? Changes to the government’s scheme supporting people unable to make their mortgage repayments – Support for Mortgage Interest or SMI – could have significant consequences for struggling home owners. From 6...

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UK dividends continue to perform

UK dividends continue to perform

UK dividend yields are better than you might imagine. Dividends have been rising. UK companies paid out £94.4 billion in dividends in 2017, a 10.5% increase over the previous year. The increase for 2018 is expected to be markedly smaller, as last year’s payouts...

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Which ISA is right for you?

Which ISA is right for you?

If you are looking to maximise your tax-efficient savings, there is now a range of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) to choose from. And it makes sense to start saving from the beginning of the tax year.   You can invest up to £20,000 in the 2018/19 tax year under...

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A new era for VCTs and EISs

A new era for VCTs and EISs

There has been a major overhaul of venture capital trusts (VCTs) and enterprise investment schemes (EISs). The changes come as a response to a government consultation paper last summer which looked at “patient capital”. This was defined by the Treasury as “long-term...

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The pros and cons of joint finances

The pros and cons of joint finances

Many couples in long-term relationships maintain independent finances, but typically also operate one or more joint accounts to cover day-to-day bills or for savings. There are a number of benefits and risks to managing money together. On the simplest level, a joint...

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