A couple with a new baby lost their life savings of £33,000 when the buyer of their home lost their mortgage offer after exchange of contracts, collapsing their chain. And a study suggests that thousands more may have faced a similar nightmare. Article by Nick Green.
Property auctions in the UK have soared in popularity, as one of the unforeseen side effects of the pandemic. Online auctions and the stamp duty holiday are driving more buyers and sellers down this faster route. So is it for you? Article by Nick Green.
Belonging to an ethnic minority or being a home renter are just two of the factors putting people at risk of insufficient pension savings, according to a new report. We take a deeper look at who is more likely to be retirement-ready, and who may need to save harder. Article by Nick Green.
Death in Service, life assurance, life cover – whatever you call it, life insurance for employees is one of the most valuable benefits a company can offer, both for the worker and the business itself. However, employers should seek advice on getting a plan to suit their needs. Article by Nick Green.
The announcement of a second national lockdown until 2 December to slow the rise in Covid cases means that the furlough scheme will continue, alongside more help for the self-employed. Here you can find out if you’re eligible, and how to claim. Article by Nick Green.
Brits still have unrealistic expectations of when they’ll be able to retire – and it’s a worrying sign of how little they think seriously about their pensions. Nick Green compares the dreams with the realities and explains how to bring them closer together.
UK businesses have already borrowed close to £40 billion through the government’s coronavirus loan schemes. But if your business has missed out there is still time to apply – especially as some sectors appear to have not yet taken their fair share. Article by Nick Green.
Company health insurance is no longer just for big corporations, as demonstrated by startups such as Trailmix, a creator of mobile games. But it’s crucial for small businesses to get the right advice when setting up such a key employee benefit. Article by Nick Green.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that first-time buyers will only need 5% deposits under a new government scheme – but so far has provided few details. We look at how this might work, and how prospective buyers could take advantage. Article by Nick Green.
Research by UCL and Barclays has confirmed that people struggle most of all with financial decisions. But while some women are emerging as more confident investors with the rewards to show for it, others are being left behind. Article by Nick Green.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or furlough scheme, was originally set to end on 31 October 2020. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced its replacement – the Job Support Scheme – and various other measures to help small businesses through the pandemic. Article by Nick Green.
A growing number of homeowners are turning to remortgaging to release funds to improve their homes and raise their value. Meanwhile some lenders are seeing remortgagers as a safer prospect than new buyers, resulting in better deals becoming available. Article by Nick Green.