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Personal finance press at-a-glance 18-19 January 2020

The cost of dying came under scrutiny in the money sections over the weekend. Elsewhere, Santander’s 123 current account came under fire, while retail investors were posed some big questions. Financial Times Investment study reveals poorer-than-expected performance from small-cap companies, reports Madison Darbyshire. Josephine Cumbo explains how the Department for Work and Pensions is drafting…

Personal finance press at-a-glance 11-12 January 2020

We’re nearly halfway through January, no better time for money journalists to focus on tax returns and a crucial self-assessment deadline at the end of this month. Elsewhere, a proposal to shake up the UK’s savings market received a mixed reception, while the financial implications of breaking up went under the spotlight. Financial Times Writing…

Woodford saga raises pressing issues

The Neil Woodford calamity gauge moved from ‘really bad’ to ‘catastrophic’ yesterday. This was a result of wealth manager St James’s Place’s decision to terminate its £3.5bn relationship with the fund manager. At a stroke this wiped out 40 per cent of the entire assets under Woodford’s management. Thanks to recent events, his reputation as…

Reporting perils of a hospitality pass

Do you remember Eastenders’ Peter “Awight tweacle” Beale? Barrow boy Pete was such a regular down the Queen Vic that his very own beer mug used to hang from a peg in the infamous E20 boozer. I also own a beer mug like Pete’s. On it is the dull, if accurate, inscription: “York Races May…