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Is inflation creeping up?

A global jump in inflation in 2021 is raising the prospect of a broader upward trend beyond a short-term pandemic reaction.   The risk of the return of inflation has become a focus of attention in investment circles. As the graph shows, 2021 has seen a jump in...

Are ISAs past their best-before dates?

The role of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) has changed since they were launched over 20 years ago, so are they still worth having? Since ISAs were introduced in April 1999 the ISA portfolio has been extended to include: • Junior ISAs (for the under-18s) • Help to...

Scams on the rise

Fraudsters preying on people’s financial and health fears have been responsible for a sharp increase in scams recently. Criminals are increasingly sending out fake emails or SMS texts disguised as a trusted body such as HMRC, a local council, TV licensing or even the...

Inflation: at a turning point?

We could see another jump in inflation soon The pandemic has posed problems for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) when it comes to calculating the rate of inflation. For example: • How do you measure the price of an item or service when a lockdown means it is...

The first Child Trust Funds reach maturity

The first Child Trust Funds (CTFs) have reached their maturity date, but many have been overlooked or forgotten. The first CTFs reached maturity on 1 September 2020, when their owners turned 18. A government payment of at least £250 was made at birth to a CTF, for...
Savers feel the pinch as interest rates fall

Savers feel the pinch as interest rates fall

Those looking for income from their savings face an uphill challenge, with banks and building societies making swingeing cuts to the interest paid on leading accounts. This latest round of rate reductions was started by National Savings & Investments (NS&I),...