Personal Finance

Five Reasons to Join a Mastermind Group

Chris Paradox | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Paradox

The people who you surround yourself with are the biggest influence on your life. They are either a negative influence holding you down, or a positive influence lifting you up.

The Gender Gap - Do Men and Women Handle Debt Differently?

Maz Deo | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Maz Deo

The sexes are considered to be very different, in various aspects of everyday life and therefore why should this be any more uncommon when it comes to...

Does the Personal Savings Allowance Mean That Cash ISAs Are Dead?

Sarah Willingham | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Willingham

I have spent a large part of my life teaching people how to save and how to make the most of their money. However, it is becoming increasingly diffic...

Lifetime ISAs - Strong Product, Weaker Policy

Bill Davies | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Bill Davies

Encouraging more saving is a worthy objective that public policy should be looking to achieve, and this kind of measure will help younger people save for both of these events. However, like other recent initiatives, such as Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantees, or Starter Homes, they provide an attractive product for consumers now, but may prove much less helpful in the long-run.

Four Myths of Employability

Toke Dahler | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Toke Dahler

By the logic of employability, you don't have a job because something is wrong with you. You do not live up to the requirements. You're not the kind of person they want to employ. You do not supply what the labour market demands.

What Every Student Needs to Know About Employability

Toke Dahler | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Toke Dahler

Are you a student? Do you worry about your job prospects? If your degree makes you employable? If those 9k fees were worth it? Then you're thinking about your employability. There is not a University that does not have an employability strategy...

Christmas Money Worries Can't Wait Until Boxing Day

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Christmas is a special time for many families, when happy memories are forged and everyone comes together. Parents love to see their children's excitement on Christmas morning as they open presents under the tree. But living up to this vision can put parents under huge financial pressure as they struggle to find money to spend on gifts and a celebration.

Student Finances - What Can Be Done to Help Students Prepare for University?

Alison Pask | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alison Pask

In years to come, ifs University College hopes that positive financial news arising from its young persons money index will take its own place in the yearly news cycle, with freshers' guides not needing to include financial advice.

The Most Affordable UK University Cities

Dan Jones | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Jones

Starting university is stressful. Although it's a fair while since I went through the process, the daunting task isn't lost on me. The thorniest issues then remain constant now; for some it was the application process, for others achieving their grade expectations, and understandably for many of us, it was the cost.

Five Easy Ways to Start Saving Money

Lily Bissett | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK
Lily Bissett

Want to save? The answer's pretty simple: spend less.

More Alarm Needed at Gap Between Super Rich and Rest of Us

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Something is just not adding up. Historically, those at the very top relied on those in the middle to ease their lives through skill and also to protect them from the bottom, with the gap from peak to trough far less than it is now. When the middle collapses, chaos really ensues.

Things to Consider Before Your Debt Spirals Out of Control

Susan Leigh | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

Awareness of the burden of debt many people are struggling under is regularly discussed by national surveys, the media and government advisory bodies. For many students, young people and families increasing debt is a cause for serious concern.

Time to Reform Divorce Process to Stop Wealth Being Hidden

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Involving forensic accountants as a matter of course, or even legal requirement, would deter deception and reduce the pain and anguish. if assets were valued at the start of a separation the process of divorce might generally be less fraught.

Plan Your Marriage Before Your Wedding

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

If you were one of the lucky couples to get engaged over Valentine's Day weekend, congratulations! This is a special and exciting time, and no doubt thoughts of engagement parties and wedding preparations are already providing hours of anticipation and joy.

Middle Income Families - Too Poor for University?

Becky Hopper | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Next time you hear someone explain that they 'can't afford to go to university' because they're from a low income family, please introduce them to the calamity that is Student Finance England.

The Demise of the Payday Loan?

Sarah Willingham | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Willingham

So many vulnerable people have fallen victim to payday loan companies and if these proposals stop that happening in the future, then I for one will be very happy. Payday loan companies need to be more careful about who they lend to so that those most in need are not punished.

Top Tips for Financial Management

John Coldicutt | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK
John Coldicutt

Businesses often rely on accountancy software to help them keep track of their cash flow. I believe the values accounting tools promote should also be embraced when managing personal finances. Below are a number of simple tips to help stay on top of personal accounts.

A Few Useless Words of Advice for Students

Alex McBride | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...

Why Are Women More Likely to Go Bankrupt Than Men?

Sarah Moyes | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Moyes

It was revealed last week that young women are more likely to fall into personal insolvency than young men of the same age. The figures, which were quite alarming if you're a woman, showed that nearly eight out of 10,000 young women became insolvent last year, compared to just four men in 10,000.

DIY Your Way Out of Pension Confusion

Huw Evans | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Huw Evans

Pensions are a major conversation point at the moment, since George Osborne announced dramatic changes in this year's budget. But what exactly is so different from what went before? And why all the fuss?

Will Nobody Rid Me of This Turbulent Priest?

Alex Letts | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Tech
Alex Letts

The hitmen allegedly hired by Henry II to sort out Thomas Beckett may be back in business if the current Archbishop of Canterbury continues to make waves over the plight of those exploited by exorbitant APRs. But they won't be hired by the Crown this time, more likely by the loan sharks.

Do I Really Want to Meet My Bank Manager?

Anil Stocker | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anil Stocker

When was the last time you met your bank manager? When was the last time you walked into a bank branch and interacted with anything other than a machine? My guess is that many people will struggle to remember.

Defusing an 'Affordability Timebomb'

Graeme Yorston | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Graeme Yorston

Perhaps one of the most positive outcomes of the recent economic crisis was the message that consumers would benefit from saving more and borrowing more responsibly. So accessible were interest free loans, 105% mortgages and credit accounts that consumers came to believe they could afford anything, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

Paying for a Wedding - Who, How and Cutting the Bill

Sarah Willis | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

Traditionally, the majority of wedding costs were paid by the father of the bride. This is rooted in the dowry tradition, where the groom's family were compensated for taking on the financial burden of the bride.

You Are Probably Buying Way Too Much Insurance - Don't!

Lars Kroijer | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Lars Kroijer

In very rough terms the world of insurance is divided into life and non-life insurance. Non-life insurance is for things like your car, house, travel...