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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 the investment providers that have been under test for two years.

Unarranged overdraft fees set to fall
Lucy Warwick-Ching explains how the City watchdog is ordering banks to simplify rates for customers.

Property sellers face reduced tax deadline
Experts warn ‘seismic change’ could lead to penalties for buy-to-let landlords, reports Emma Agyemang.

Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph
Google clings on to cash from bogus ads
Harry Brennan and Adam Williams reveal the rogue firms helping the search giant get rich.

Why pensioners can’t afford to stop investing in oil
Harry Brennan says older people are in danger of exposing themselves to huge risks by ditching traditional dividend stocks.

Revolut ‘faces lawsuit’ over frozen bank account fiasco
Customers went months without being able to access their cash. Marianna Hunt reports.

The Times & Sunday Times
Child benefit: time for a change
Katherine Denham says the upcoming Budget is the perfect time for the Chancellor to act.

On the trail of the car accident claims sharks
Ali Hussain questions some of the rogue companies that come up when motorists search for insurance online.

Tax tips of the wealthiest
David Byers looks at what the rest of us can learn by looking at how the UK’s richest people manage their finances.

The Guardian
What will Brexit mean for your money? Key questions answered.
From pensions to studying, Lisa O’Carroll, Patrick Collinson and Miles Brignall round up the personal financial implications for when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this month.

‘Not fit for purpose’: tax glitch putting pensions of self-employed at risk
Accountant says HMRC did nothing to fix national insurance issue in self-assessment system. Lucy Mansfield reports.

The Independent
Gender bias will create pension poverty for all women until 2100
Kate Hughes comments that it’s high time politicians took steps to defuse to a ticking retirement timebomb.

The Sun
Shop around to cremate your pets as costs spiral, experts warn
Flaming send-offs for our furry friends also have the scope to burn a financial hole in our pockets, Lucy Murgatroyd warns.

The Observer
How scammers take advantage of stressed-out taxpayers
Rachel Wait explains how panic creates the perfect scenario for fraudsters when the self-assessment tax deadline looms.

The Mail On Sunday
Are you in a state of panic?
Sarah Bridge reports on the 11 million Brits due to file their tax returns by the end of the week.

Five million ripped off by broadband providers
Toby Walne advises on how to get greater online speed for less cash, plus three simple tricks for faster internet.

Will solar panels in the desert guarantee you a sunny future?
Jeff Prestridge explains about the alternative assets investment trust savers are using to spread their risk.

The Mirror
Big firms flop when it comes to service – where to get your energy from instead
James Andrews reports on why customers can be missing out if they’re in contracts with the big six suppliers.

Sunday Express
Can ISA allowance be backdated?
Connor Coombe-Whitlock explains what savers need to know before April 2020