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How and why you should save for retirement

Are you one of the many people not putting money aside for retirement? Find out how, and why, you should save up for your prime When it comes to investing in a new, exciting venture such as buying a house, everyone errs on the side of caution. People ask themselves questions such as, ‘Am I getting the best deal on a mortgage?’ and ‘What sort of loan shall I take out?’ Others devote hours to research in orde ...

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WIN! £100s worth of shopping vouchers!

Make your money go further with £100s worth of shopping vouchers – and watch just how far your money goes! Even the most savvy money savers need a few tips sometimes, and the Making Money Go Further blog by Debt Free Direct is packed with inspiring ideas and useful advice to help you live more comfortably. You’ll find articles on everything from saying no to that New Year's gym membership, to managing your ...

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Wonderful winter savings!

From rising heating and electricity bills, to expensive Christmas decorations and presents, this time of year can be an expensive one. Even trying to entertain the kids while they're on their school holidays can rack up the costs – but fear not. Here are some great winter savings on decorations and food during the festive period. Home-made decorations Adorning the Christmas tree with gleaming and glittering ...

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“We’ve worked with people including Victoria Beckham, Ken Livingstone and Stevie Wonder”

THE BOSS of a Hertfordshire translation and interpreting company is aiming to dispel the commonly-held belief that working in the language industry is all about sitting in booths listening to dull political or legal debates and dealing with boring documents. Clare Suttie, 44, who runs Atlas Translations in St Albans, which deals with no less than 339 languages - including the most unheard of dialects such a ...

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Money, money, money

Whether it’s for university fees or a deposit for a first house, putting money aside for your children as early as possible is hugely beneficial – especially if the interest pays off. The financial pressures on today’s young adults are immense. Step forward a generation and along with uncertain future economic markets, it is inconceivable to think that today’s toddlers could well end up starting their young ...

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Equity release: what you should know before you cash in

Make sure you know the pros and cons before signing up for equity release. Equity release, for homeowners aged over 55, can be a great way to take a tax-free, cash lump sum or an income from the equity (value) your property has built up over the years – without needing to move house or sell up. There are many reasons you might want this extra money: three of the most common are to fund everyday living costs ...

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Are you saving enough for your future?

Your golden years are meant to be a time to focus on yourself, but seven million people aren’t putting away enough money. When it comes to investing in an exciting venture such as buying a house, everyone errs on the side of caution. You ask yourself ‘Am I getting the best deal on a mortgage?’ ‘What sort of loan shall I take out?’ You tend to devote hours to research in order to stretch your money as far as ...

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Have we reached the bottom of the interest rate cycle?

As we commented last month the Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that the period of economic activity previously referred to as a recession that the UK plc experienced in the final quarter of 2011 and first quarter 2012 did not actually occur. Apparently the data has been revised and now suggests the economy did not actually decline but was merely stagnant, thereby avoiding two ...

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Debt vs. Savings

Splash out, save for a rainy day, or reduce debt to a trickle? Here’s a thought for you; could you ‘earn’ more by paying off any debts you have, rather than saving the money? The savings vs. debt debate is common enough, and the answer is never completely straightforward. In the end, it all comes down to what sort of debt you have, and what sort of interest you can expect to earn from your savings. How much ...

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Most common interview faux pas

Interviews can be a daunting experience for everyone, but don’t jeopardise your chances of landing a dream job by committing those common interview crimes. We should all be familiar with the basic interview rules: be on time, don’t chew gum and be prepared, but you'd be astounded at how many candidates manage to get it wrong. Read through our list of what NOT to do when it comes to job interviews and impres ...

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