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Personal finance press at-a-glance 25-26 January 2020

It was a taxing time for readers with HMRC’s self-assessment deadline looming at the end of this month. Elsewhere, investment platforms went under the microscope and what’s the effect on the pound in our pocket of leaving the EU? Financial Times How fees eat into passive fund investments Madison Darbyshire reports on mixed results from…

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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…

Money Observer: 40 not out and still going strong

Money Observer celebrates its 40th anniversary this October. In an exclusive Q&A, MO’s editor Faith Glasgow told me about the title’s birthday makeover, “sticky” readers (and how much they invest), plus the challenge of balancing content across multiple platforms. Andrew Michael (AM): Slightly premature congratulations on MO’s 40th birthday! The latest issue [September 2019] refers to a makeover.…

Direct approach to social strategies (part 2)

How do high-profile financial services companies keep on top of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al? In part two of this exclusive Q&A, Alison Traboulsi, Direct Line Group’s Head of Social Media, recalls a campaign where everything clicked and offers advice for working with influencers. Andrew Michael (AM): Is there a weekly pattern to your work,…

Direct approach to social strategies (part 1)

How do high-profile financial services companies keep on top of ‘social’ in all its many guises? In this two-part Q&A Alison Traboulsi, Head of Social Media at Direct Line Group, spoke exclusively to me about the challenges, issues and opportunities of working in this sphere. Andrew Michael (AM): You manage the social media team at Direct Line…