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The rabbit that roared – the Chancellor’s PF revolution

For a Budget which was trailed beforehand as steady-as-she-goes, yesterday’s annual speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the House of Commons was nothing short of stupendous for those involved in personal finance. From money writers making sense of PF issues for their readers, to financial advisers and product providers at the coal face,…

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An idea not to be tossed away lightly

It’s Shrove Tuesday today. A time, traditionally, when people went round singing (or a-shroving) for money at  Shrovetide, the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the start therefore of Lent. If the religious connotations are too much then why not just celebrate good old Pancake Day? For the record, I like my served plain but with…

A priceless week for hacks and flacks

It’s been a week since the Brit Awards/Mastercard/House PR brouhaha. You know the one. #PricelessSurprises and all that. Some commentators, puce with rage at the time, have only just returned to a normal state. Others may never make it back at all. This is the story in Press Gazette which set tongues wagging around the media.…

Concentrate hard to achieve a decent return

It’s the middle of January and I’m still reading items by investment experts telling me which markets to pile into during 2014 and those to swerve (in the same way as if you’d just received an invitation to appear on Benefits Street). As stock market watchers and lovers of index funds will know the Footsie…