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May 18
From student loan to your first pension and mortgage

You go to university because you want a good job and career. But what you won’t necessarily learn is how to adapt to your new life earning money and being financially responsible. Here are the top tips about work and finance that every graduate should know.

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May 15
RIP: Your final financial plan

One of life’s biggest decisions is what happens at the very end of it – and it’s the one we least like to talk about. But with burial and cremation costs not only rising but subject to a postcode lottery, planning here has never been more important.

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May 10
Four very different divorces

Divorces are like car crashes – fascinating, but only from a distance. Furthermore, every divorce is different, with its own challenges and complications. That’s nowhere more apparent than in these famous and infamous cases. New couples, take warning.

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May 05
7 power tips for pension planning

If you think life is looking more and more like Tales of the Unexpected, don’t despair. It’s still possible to take control of your own future – by understanding how pension freedom works. Ian Hartley, financial planning consultant with Armstrong Watson, shares some power tips.

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May 01
How to decide about drawdown

Pension freedom has offered millions more Britons a new way to take income in retirement: drawdown. But most remain unaware of both the potential benefits and the real risks attached. Neil Adams of Drewberry Wealth puts these pros and cons side by side to help you decide.

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Apr 24
Every tax return tells a story

Is Sherlock Holmes’s hat tax-deductible? Does Mary Poppins claim for professional indemnity insurance? The tax returns of fiction’s greatest heroes and villains have been a closed book – until now! We bring you the most page-turning guide to self-employed expenses you’ll ever read.

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Apr 21
Insurance cold callers? Meet the cure

You know those films in which the muggers attack a defenceless old man, only to discover he’s a kung fu master? A similar sort of shock awaited the poor insurance scammer who cold-called insurance compliance specialist Kathryn Knowles of Cura Special Risks Bureau. Kathryn explains what happened next…

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Apr 11
How your family can help you buy a home

Your parents would love to help you onto the property ladder – they just don’t have a huge lump sum to give you. Fortunately there are other ways for them to help, from guarantor mortgages to family flexible mortgages. We take you through the main options, and their pros and cons.

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Apr 10
Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?

There’s a new ISA in town: the Lifetime ISA. Designed to help both first-time buyers and people saving for retirement, it’s certainly an ambitious idea – but does it deliver, and what are the drawbacks? Let’s take a look at this ISA’s finer points.

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Apr 04
10 reasons to love your accountant

Behind every great entrepreneur is an equally clever accountant. But it’s not just business owners who need them now. With more and more people making money from multiple sources and potentially paying too much tax, isn’t it about time you found a hot-shot accountant of your own?