Are you missing opportunities for your money?

Brits are better at saving than they think, but most are only one step away from using a savings jar or keeping money under the mattress. Despite the popular image of a debt-ridden society of spendthrifts, around 8 in 10 people are adding to their savings every month, even if by just a little. Meanwhile … Continue reading “Are you missing opportunities for your money?”

Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches

The new First Homes scheme is now being piloted in Bolsover and will be rolled out across England from the end of June. It offers first-time buyers – and key workers especially – the chance to buy locally and affordably. However, some parts of the UK will remain much more affordable than others. First-time buyers … Continue reading “Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches”

What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?

The First Homes scheme is a new policy that will provide discounted homes to first-time buyers in England who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. More specifically, under this scheme, first-time buyers will be able to purchase a new-build home in their community at a discount of 30% on the market price. For an … Continue reading “What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?”

Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid

Many people were expecting that house prices would fall during the pandemic, or at least stagnate. Indeed, a lot of first-time buyers were wistfully hoping that it might happen. But the government didn’t want a property crash on top of everything else, so introduced the stamp duty holiday to buoy up the market and protected … Continue reading “Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid”

The growing Bitcoin bubble – is it worth the risk?

Bitcoin is now trading at over five times its price just a year ago, and other cryptocurrencies have seen price surges of up to 18,000%. But is it a golden opportunity, or a bubble in imminent danger of collapse? And is crypto worth the environmental cost? When you step inside a Bitcoin mining factory, the … Continue reading “The growing Bitcoin bubble – is it worth the risk?”

Gen-Z looks ahead: young adults get pension-savvy

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. New findings show that the pension saving message is at last filtering through to young people. But are the older generations now the ones who are being complacent? Generation Z (adults under 24) are already poised to overtake Millennials in the race to be ready for retirement, … Continue reading “Gen-Z looks ahead: young adults get pension-savvy”

Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage

Self-employed people still face an uphill struggle in mortgage applications, but help is at hand. Though some lenders have tightened their criteria, others are working with mortgage brokers to encourage buyers with complex incomes. If you run your own business, work as a contractor or earn through freelancing, then you’re disproportionately more like to have … Continue reading “Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage”

Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021

Nine out of 10 investors are beginning to move their capital into ‘greener’ investments in response to the threat of climate change – and are increasingly avoiding assets with a big environmental impact. There’s nothing investors like to see more than a steadily rising line on a graph – unless, that is, the graph is … Continue reading “Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021”

Has Covid changed your retirement plans?

One of the pandemic’s lesser effects is how it has upset many long-term plans. Many Brits have been forced to reassess their retirement choices and perhaps make snap decisions. But if your planned retirement looks suddenly in doubt, what should you do? The best-laid plans often go wrong, as Robert Burns observed, and few things … Continue reading “Has Covid changed your retirement plans?”

SVR mortgage confusion costs homeowners over £4k

At least 1 in 4 mortgage holders are needlessly losing money every month by paying the maximum interest – and it could be many more. And yet it’s now relatively much cheaper to obtain a 5-year fixed rate mortgage for longer-term certainty. Over a quarter of homeowners with mortgages have ended up on their lender’s … Continue reading “SVR mortgage confusion costs homeowners over £4k”