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Pay for Christmas with our six seasonal saving tips

It is possible to recoup the full cost of Christmas by kicking off a pre-holiday review of all our other regular expenses. Here's how to do it.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago

Dying without a will can risk all the family's finances

Many think a will is not necessary because they believe family and friends will decide who gets what of any assets – but this is not the case.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
How to get on the housing ladder despite stamp duty

Housing is tipped to be a headline grabber in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s speech on Wednesday – with hints of possible stamp duty incentives for first-time buyers.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
How James Bond-style gizmos can add value to your home

A James Bond-style home with a hidden bed that pops out with just the press of a button may sound like a gimmick, but it could prove to be a shrewd investment.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
HETHERINGTON: It's the 's' that gives the game away

In a telephone call out of the blue, Paul Gray of Herald Investment Trusts said I held £5,000 in carbon credits and that it had a buyer lined up.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Thomas Cook to offer 'pay as you go away' cover

The new products will be launched tomorrow as part of a reboot of its financial services under a new division called Thomas Cook Money.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Small business boss praises our campaign

Innocent Drinks boss Richard Reed and Labour’s Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson also backed the campaign last night.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Student digs app receives boost from City veteran

Rupert Hambro, former chairman at family firm Hambros Bank, has joined the board of a company that helps students find accommodation via their mobile phones.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
MIDAS TIPS: Amryt Pharma's remedies can save lives

Amryt is a drugs firm with a difference. It focuses on treatments for rare and ‘orphan’ diseases, that is, conditions that affect fewer than one in 2,000 people. The shares are 17¾p and deserve to be far higher.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Here’s a way to save face, Mr Hammond

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond would be wise not to forget savers in Wednesday’s Budget.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Emerging markets fund boss aims to help you sleep soundly

Active fund management is under attack like never before. Many people think it is too expensive and fails to deliver the outperformance its promoters promise.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Pret A Manger not yet ready for listing in New York

It was suggested the sandwich chain’s valuation could hit £1.5billion on Wall Street. But it now looks unlikely that it will list before the New Year.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Dutch in tax war to lure Unilever away from London

Unilever, which also owns Dove, Persil and Magnum ice creams, is understood to be close to a decision that could see it quit the City.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Big high street stores brace for profits rout

The high street has been hit by a wave of discounting in recent weeks which is set to continue as online firms roll out major discounts for Black Friday this week.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Lord Heseltine warns against a magic money tree in Budget

Michael Heseltine is as energetic as ever at pushing the idea closest to his heart: Britain’s desperate need for an effective industrial strategy.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
£35m float is music to ears of Ten Group's Alex

Ten Group, whose 60million members include customers of private banks Coutts and Investec, was launched in 1998 and now has 700 staff.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Australians are facing Clydesdale legal action

RGL Management Limited is signing up aggrieved small business owners for a group claim against the banks.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
TV property expert named in Nigerian bribery probe

A London estate agent who appeared on the BBC’s Homes Under The Hammer has been named in an investigation into alleged corruption by a former Nigerian oil minister.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Be bold and back the firms of the future, says NEIL CRAVEN

There is a startling fact about the Government’s strategy for British industry – there isn’t one. At a stretch, you could string together a few stray bits of policy here and there if you wanted to be kind.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
Self-employed face new onslaught in the Budget

Philip Hammond is this week expected to risk a new political storm by announcing plans to raise billions of pounds from Britain’s army of self-employed workers and contractors.... read more

 Daily Mail53 minutes ago
We helped save Europe: now Europe could save us from Brexit

We are fond of remembering our role as wartime liberators. But now it is we who need help, in the form of an offer to protect us from our folly‘A visitor from Mars would assume that the UK is under attack from a hostile power seeking to destroy our e... read more

 The Guardian1 hour ago
Hammond’s budget big five: cuts, pay, housing, roads and students

The chancellor has never faced a trickier budget day: does he upset some by loosening the purse strings, or imperil a government with no majority by wielding the axe? Whatever he decides, some topics will have to be addressedPhilip Hammond will face ... read more

 The Guardian4 hours ago
Carillion announce £1.15billion half-year loss

CARILLION lost nearly half its market value yesterday as it cracked under the strain of rising debts and falling profits.... read more

 Daily Express6 hours ago
Homes requisitioned during the war are now sought-after

Armistice Day has been and gone for another year, yet the tales of heroism that took place during the world wars are always with us... read more

 Daily Mail7 hours ago
Make a 344% profit from this accidental 'investment'

BEST INVESTMENT, WORST INVESTMENT: Richard Browning finds little to cheer about in an accidental windfall that more than tripled his money.... read more

 Daily Mail7 hours ago
Asos app allows shoppers to snap up fashion

Customers upload photo from magazine or social media and retailer finds a selection of similar styles to buy instantly “Ryan Gosling is my favourite actor so I’m going to look like him,” says the Asos chief executive, Nick Beighton. “Here’s a picture... read more

 The Guardian8 hours ago
The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial CollegeOnce the engine of the Industrial Revolution and employer of nearly 1.2 million people, the fall of o... read more

 The Guardian10 hours ago
The universities that earn graduates the highest salaries

Graduates who went to the London School of Economics, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford earned, on average, more than £40,000 five years after graduation.... read more

 Daily Mail10 hours ago
Asos overtakes M&S – is this the UK high street's Tesla moment?

Online fashion firm tops Marks & Spencer’s market valuation of £4.88bn as shopping stalwarts stumble and internet retailers thriveMarks & Spencer has been usurped by online rival Asos in what has been described as the high street’s “Tesla moment” as ... read more

 The Guardian11 hours ago
Britons to spend £7bn over Black Friday weekend

Amazon, Debenhams and John Lewis are among those poised to cash-in on the mammoth shopping event, with sales set to soar past last year’s £6.5bn total.... read more

 Daily Mail12 hours ago
INVESTMENT EXTRA: Tax-free bonus by backing start-ups

Venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes were introduced as a way of encouraging investment in start-up businesses in the UK. But they also come with a major tax relief.... read more

 Daily Mail12 hours ago
SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Online fashion retailer Sosandar

It was launched in 2016 by Ali Hall and Julie Lavington who had established leading fashion magazine Look in 2007.... read more

 Daily Mail12 hours ago
What could Philip Hammond announce in 2017 Budget?

Chancellor Philip Hammond has a battle on his hands to deliver a Budget next week that appeals to young voters while also keeping the core Conservative-voting public on side.... read more

 Daily Mail12 hours ago
Polluting UK coal plants export power to France as cold weather bites

UK’s last eight coal stations are working to exploit falling temperatures and absence of offline reactors in France to export power across the ChannelPolluting coal power stations in Britain have been profiting from the woes of the low-carbon French ... read more

 The Guardian12 hours ago
Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again – as fears rise more will follow suit A Croydon-based landlady has vowed never again to let her property “to anyone on universal credit” after the tenant installed by the council was switched ... read more

 The Guardian14 hours ago
Autumn budget 2017: a sneak peak inside the chancellor’s red box …

A cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers? Lower student loan interest rates? Out with the winter fuel allowance? We look at next week’s likely announcementsDon’t expect much in the way of fireworks when the chancellor reveals his second budget on We... read more

 The Guardian14 hours ago
House prices aren’t the issue – land prices are

There’s a simple solution that will give us cheaper homes – if only the chancellor would listenWhile reporting on the recent court case where controversial landlord Fergus Wilson defended (but lost) his right to refuse to let to Indians and Pakistani... read more

 The Guardian14 hours ago
Older people face paying £34,000 a year to go into a care home

With the average price of residential care increasing at its fastest rate ever in 2016, we face a ‘prolonged crisis’ in provisionThe cost of being in a UK care home rose at its fastest rate last year and is now an average of £33,904 a year – up almos... read more

 The Guardian14 hours ago
Cost of Christmas dinner rises 5% – but there’s good news from Brussels … sprouts

As food prices rise in the wake of Brexit, we count the cost of your festive feast. But you don’t have to be a Scrooge – £20 can still feed six peopleThe big supermarkets have raised the cost of Christmas dinner by around 5% this year, according to a... read more

 The Guardian14 hours ago
BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: Sir Mick Davis formally 'Big Mick'

Today, Sir Mick is almost unrecognisable from that gusset-busting period. Sure, the straggly grey whiskers remain, but the Davis girth is now a thing of the past.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
HAMISH MCRAE: Pension rights are a form of wealth

If you give people freedom to do as they wish with their cash, some will make mistakes. There is nothing necessarily wrong with cashing in a pension pot.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
US predators circling Fox as Rupert Murdoch ponders sale

US giants Comcast and Verizon are the latest firms to express an interest in 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
Shares in Carillion nearly halve after profits warning

On another brutal day that plunged the builder’s future into doubt, the stock closed down 48 per cent at an all-time low of 21.5p, taking its losses since the start of the year to 90 per cent.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
Borrowing costs to stay near record lows despite rate hike

Joe Garner suggested homebuyers will continue to benefit from cheap mortgages even after the Bank of England raised rates from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent – the first rise in more than a decade.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
Hornby going cap in hand to investors again

The troubled toy maker wants to raise £12m to help shore up its balance sheet and fund the purchase of new boss Lyndon Davies’s business LCD Enterprises.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
MARKET REPORT: Sky rises as media giants eye Fox break-up

Comcast, which has NBC and Universal Pictures on its roster of brands, is reportedly interested in certain assets owned by Fox, including its 39 per cent stake in Sky.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
Jaguar’s new E-Pace baby SUV now officially on the road

I was one of the first to get behind the wheel — on and off road — of the family-friendly 4x4 packed with sports-car performance and a top speed of up to 150mph.... read more

 Daily Mail23 hours ago
Greggs shouldn’t have had to apologise for sausage roll nativity scene advert | Letter from the Very Rev Richard Giles

When a faith tradition loses the capacity to laugh at itself, it is on the slippery slope to hardline fundamentalism, says the Very Rev Richard GilesWhat a shame that Greggs felt obliged to apologise for their lighthearted take on the visit of the Ma... read more

 The GuardianYesterday
When is the budget 2017? What to expect from Philip Hammond next week

PHILIP Hammond's Autumn Budget next week is expected to outline an economy "that works for everyone". But when will the Chancellor deliver the budget and what to expect from it?... read more

 Daily ExpressYesterday
France in Brexit BOAST: Paris claims to have snatched 4,000 jobs from London

LONDON firms have already lost 4,000 jobs to Paris because of Brexit, French officials have claimed.... read more

 Daily ExpressYesterday