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Three-quaters of Brits consider a Staycation

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More and more Brits are shunning the blazing hot sun of southern Europe in favor of holidaying in the UK.
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Boom or Bust: The UK Housing Market

Boom or Bust

According to official figures, the UK property market is booming. Following a slow period during the recession, it’s now estimated that, in London, prices are up around 27% from their 2007 peak. Read More »


What the New Pension Reforms mean for you.

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April 2015 saw radical new pension reforms, opening up new possibilities for savers over the age of 55. Although savers were always permitted to take an initial tax-free 25% out of their pension pot, now, for the first time, pensioners can take their pension in its entirety in one lump sum. They may also choose to take a series of smaller lump sums. However, any withdrawal over 25% will be subject to tax. Though this may seem like a revolution in finances, many pension experts have said these reforms were inevitable, noting that they were already manifest in the previous system under the banner of ‘phased retirement’ or ‘vesting’.

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June sees a Retail Boom as Consumer Confidence Soars

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Consumer confidence surged to a 15-year high last month, with GFK finding that the public mood was more optimistic than at any point since January 2000. The result of this was somewhat inevitable: people flocked to the high street in their droves.

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Why are the Big Banks still letting us down?

The global banking crisis first began to truly hit home in the UK in 2007, as thousands of Northern Rock customers queued for hours to withdraw their savings. The bank had borrowed money to fund mortgages for its customers, then sold off the mortgages in the international markets. Eventually demand for secured mortgages inevitably fell, leaving Northern Rock with a shortage in capital, meaning that it needed to borrow money from the British government in order to balance the books. As the recession deepened into 2008 consumer confidence in banks went sour, as it was revealed that risk-buying was a large factor contributing to the scale of the credit crunch.

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