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Overdraft relief prescribed by FCA

It’s great news for those facing financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus that the regulator has stepped in to try to stop people...

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 11:34

Crippled by market fear? Seven last-minute ISA tips for investors

The ISA season deadline is looming in one of the most dramatic ends to the tax year that we’ve seen in markets. Many investors may...

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 11:10

Changes to the AJ Bell Favourite funds and Ready-made portfolios

Part of my role as Head of Active Portfolios here at AJ Bell is to ensure that that funds on the Favourite fund list are...

Wed, 01/04/2020 - 08:57

Shell shows dividend determination

Dividend cancellations from WPP and Smiths Group mean that thirteen FTSE 100 members have now decided to withhold £2.7 billion of payments for...

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 14:25

Which investment trusts can survive the income drought?

For those relying on their income to live on, the situation looks fairly dire at the moment. Plunging stock markets, companies cutting dividends and rock-bottom...

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 09:25

Why a period of calm would be a better sign for US equities

While investors will be taking heart from Tuesday’s double-digit percentage rally in America’s S&P 500 index they will also be aware that such volatility does...

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 17:53

Why investors need to beware that rallies do not become bear traps

Tuesday’s advance in the FTSE 100 was the index’s second-best individual day in its history in percentage terms and its best in both points and...

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 17:44

The quirks that mean you can pay up to 200,000% in tax – and how to avoid them

The loss of some benefits and allowances can potentially result in effective tax rates way above the highest income tax band in the UK:


Wed, 25/03/2020 - 14:33

Secure Trust Bank’s dividend cut suggests Big Five may need to follow

Virgin Money UK suspended dividend payments late last year thanks to a final rush of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) compensation claims and Secure...

Tue, 24/03/2020 - 17:04

Beware rise in pension scams as Coronavirus fraud reports surge 400%

While the country hunkers down in the hope of slowing the spread of Coronavirus, the economic fallout will inevitably lead to an increase in the...

Tue, 24/03/2020 - 11:03

Half a billion pounds of dividend cuts announced in one day

It is another brutal day for income-seekers as ten more UK firms announce dividend cuts and an eleventh – Britvic – joins ...

Mon, 23/03/2020 - 15:52

Five top tax tips for savvy pension savers

With the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic dominating the agenda and hitting investors in the pocket, it has never been more important to make...

Fri, 20/03/2020 - 09:12

Gold keeps falling but it did the same in 2008 (and then look what happened)

One of the most confusing features of the current market rout is gold’s failure to confirm its status as a haven asset during times...

Wed, 18/03/2020 - 14:37

More than £8bn assets now in suspended property funds

With pricing uncertainty in the commercial property market, it was inevitable that funds would have to suspend. This is done to protect existing investors and...

Wed, 18/03/2020 - 14:06

Investors start to look out for potential dividend cuts (and a four-step check list on how to spot them)

The decision by both FTSE 250 member William Hill and AIM-quoted Shoe Zone to defer their dividend payments amid a downturn on trading...

Tue, 17/03/2020 - 16:43