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Britain's road to recovery lies in overseas trade

Britain's road to recovery lies in overseas trade | IFA | Scoop.it
Every little helps - it's the slogan that took Tesco to the world, and also one of the key lessons I learned in all my years at the company.
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Auto enrolment: workers in smaller firms face higher charges

Auto enrolment: workers in smaller firms face higher charges | IFA | Scoop.it
Pensions minister says competition is giving the first enrollers a fantastic deal on charges, but concedes that as smaller firms come on board they will rise Workers in small companies are likely to suffer from higher charges on their pensions...
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Treasury aims to widen payroll-giving

Treasury aims to widen payroll-giving | IFA | Scoop.it
Of £9.3bn donated to good causes in 2011-12, £118m was via payroll giving Companies such as JustGiving and Virgin Money may be allowed to run workplace-giving schemes in an attempt to shake up the market and encourage more people to make regular...
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Autumn Statement: companies plan to ditch pension schemes after latest tax grab

Autumn Statement: companies plan to ditch pension schemes after latest tax grab | IFA | Scoop.it
Workers warned "flurry" of companies are preparing to close final salary pension schemes after tax changes announced in Autumn Statement.
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Will online giant Amazon move in on Britain's wine business?

Will online giant Amazon move in on Britain's wine business? | IFA | Scoop.it
One area where Amazon has so far failed to make an impression is in the potentially lucrative world of wine retailing. Until now.
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Santander prepares to back small businesses

Santander prepares to back small businesses | IFA | Scoop.it
Santander UK is planning to rapidly expand small business lending after freeing up more than £2bn following its withdrawal from a deal to buy 316 branches from Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Multi-buy deals that mean you pay MORE: One in ten 'offers' see an increase in price

Multi-buy deals that mean you pay MORE: One in ten 'offers' see an increase in price | IFA | Scoop.it
High street grocers use the deals to give customers the impression they are getting something for nothing, but research has found they may offer no saving at all.
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Citizens Advice urges ban on PPI cold-calling

Citizens Advice urges ban on PPI cold-calling | IFA | Scoop.it
The consumer advisory service calls for a stop to nuisance calls after survey found over half of people have been "pestered" by claims management companies.
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Trading up, trading down – in pictures

Trading up, trading down – in pictures | IFA | Scoop.it
From a chocolate box cottage in Sussex to a former bishops palace in LincolnAnna Tims...
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The latest iPhone app: ditching your pension

The latest iPhone app: ditching your pension | IFA | Scoop.it
We're accustomed to using our smartphones to order pizzas or train tickets, but a new use has emerged among technologically minded workers: opting out of their pension scheme.
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Top money move for a secure retirement - MarketWatch

Top money move for a secure retirement - MarketWatch | IFA | Scoop.it
Top money move for a secure retirementMarketWatchJason J. Fichtner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
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UK becoming a part-time nation, figures reveal

UK becoming a part-time nation, figures reveal | IFA | Scoop.it
The UK economy may have just been through a double-dip recession, but the labour market has performed remarkably well, considering.
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Lower rates make equity release more appealing

Lower rates make equity release more appealing | IFA | Scoop.it
As schemes to unlock retirement income from property fall in cost, borrowers could gain from switching dealsSchemes designed to allow older people to access the money tied up in their homes are falling in cost, and advisers say that anyone who has...
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Questor share tip: WH Smith a hold for income and future growth

Questor share tip: WH Smith a hold for income and future growth | IFA | Scoop.it
Questor says WH Smith is now a hold on valuation grounds after good Christmas performance.
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Davos 2013: 'We are in the ante-chamber of a new global economy,' says Christine Lagarde

Davos 2013: 'We are in the ante-chamber of a new global economy,' says Christine Lagarde | IFA | Scoop.it
The eurozone is improving - and the UK is still along for the journey as Europe continues to integrate, according to Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.
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Mortgage lending hits 11 month high

Mortgage lending hits 11 month high | IFA | Scoop.it
Home loans totalled £12.9bn last month, an 11 month high, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
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The Dragons chewed me up, but my organic biscuits are going in M&S

The Dragons chewed me up, but my organic biscuits are going in M&S | IFA | Scoop.it
A tiny bakery on the Isle of Mull has won a contract to supply Marks & Spencer after being left on the plate by the Dragons’ Den entrepreneurs.
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Internet price war launches in UK ahead of Black Friday

Internet price war launches in UK ahead of Black Friday | IFA | Scoop.it
Shoppers will reap the benefit of an internet price war this week as retailers battle it out for pre-Christmas sales.
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How do reduce our mortgage term so we can pay it off early?

How do reduce our mortgage term so we can pay it off early? | IFA | Scoop.it
Q We have four years and nine months left on our mortgage. We are out of our fixed period and on a competitive variable interest rate of 2.5%.
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Parents warned on helping children with guarantor mortgages

Parents warned on helping children with guarantor mortgages | IFA | Scoop.it
Parents desperate to help their struggling children get a foot on the property ladder should think carefully before agreeing to guarantee their mortgage repayments.
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Is your daily commute a slog or a joy? | Open thread

Is your daily commute a slog or a joy? | Open thread | IFA | Scoop.it
Commuting to work is hellish for some, but a rare moment to oneself for others. What do you do to make the most of yours?A TUC study has shown that the average work commuting time in Britain is 58 minutes for men and 47 minutes for women.
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From zig-zags to baths: how the economy shapes up

From zig-zags to baths: how the economy shapes up | IFA | Scoop.it
Sir Mervyn King has warned of three years of slow growth as the economy continues to "zig-zag". It's not the first time he has used the phrase nor the first time a curious shape has been used to describe Britain's recovery.
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How pension reform can help savers and boost growth | Gregg McClymont

How pension reform can help savers and boost growth | Gregg McClymont | IFA | Scoop.it
The government can allow more people to use the Nest pension scheme despite its claims to the contraryLast December, Ben Jackson and I wrote Cameron's Trap.
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The debit card for eight-year-olds

The debit card for eight-year-olds | IFA | Scoop.it
Card designed to teach children about electronic payments may sound death knell for pocket moneyChildren as young as eight will from today be able to shop online armed with their own Visa debit card.
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