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A beginner’s guide to Cash ISAs

March 13, 2016

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  With only a limited amount of time left remaining in this tax year, Cash ISAs are the talk of the town at the moment – and so they should be. Interest base rates sit at an all-time low which means finding high interest rates on your savings is hard to come by. Hopefully this [...]

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Case Study: Sirdar Spinning

March 6, 2016

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  In this, the fifth in our series of business case studies we are focusing on Sirdar Spinning, a Wakefield-based producer of branded yarns and designs for hand knitting in the UK. Sirdar Spinning,  the leading producer of branded yarns and knitting designs within the UK was founded in Ossett in 1880 as Harrap Brothers, [...]

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What Eurozone Policy Will Mean For Financial Planning

February 27, 2016

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  Even if you fail to understand exactly what is going on, the crisis in the eurozone is never far from the news at the moment. It is worthwhile to dig a little deeper into the issues, and consider how they will likely affect the financial landscape in the wider world over the coming months. [...]

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Acropolis Now! Greek Austerity Plan Sparks Riots

February 13, 2016

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Portions of Athens’ city centre are now in ruins after rioters burnt down historic buildings and vandalised shops in protest over planned austerity measures. After days of fierce debate, the Greek Parliament voted to approve the austerity package Monday morning, in return for a 130bn euro bailout from the EU and the IMF. Over the [...]

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The bonus argument

February 8, 2016

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  We have been hearing a lot recently about Chief Executives and their bonuses but what has been happening? Today Stephen Hester, RBS boss, has spoken out after rejecting his near £1m bonus. When asked why he turned down the bonus, he said: “I took the judgement that it was going to be damaging for [...]

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Punk economics: the Eurozone crisis explained

February 8, 2016

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  I don’t want to be offensive to the punk community, but it’s not very often that they have an in depth point to make; they more often than not just cry, off with their heads. They often fail to see the lines of commonality that bind there anarchist dreams to those of all the [...]

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Personal Finance 2016: Guest Post from Ash of SterlingEffort.com

January 31, 2016

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  We’ve been busy lately at the Money Lion Towers! We’ve been talking to some of the best finance writers online, and this week we’re delighted to host their ideas and opinions about how to manage our personal finances and private banking in 2016. Today’s guest writer is Ash from Sterling Effort. Save, save, save. Building a [...]

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Mortgages to be rationed in 2016

January 5, 2016

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  Ever dreamed of buying a house? Well you’re a crazy fool and you should lower your ambitions. Houses are for people with huge sums of cash in reserve. If you don’t own a house now then you probably never will so just deal with it. What’s that? You want a flat. Well sure you [...]

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Happy 2016 – A Ban on Excessive Card Charges

December 28, 2015

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  In a move which will no doubt delight consumers, the Government has revealed plans to stop companies charging excessive credit and debit card surcharges. The new regulations will also force those charging card fees to reveal the cost before consumers have clicked through a multitude of webpages. The new regulations follow a lengthy campaign [...]

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UK Economy Will Suffer 2016 Downturn

December 12, 2015

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The UK economy is going to suffer a more severe economic downturn in 2016 than previously predicted. Experts had predicted growth of 0.6% in the coming year but now econmomists at Standard Chartered bank say that the economy will in fact contract by 1.3%. However, other institutions say that Standard Chartered’s prediction is at the [...]

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