Analysis Topic: Personal FinanceThe analysis published under this topic are as follows.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Christmas is just around the corner and our annual festive splurging is starting to step up. But with households expected to spend an average of £614.96* on Christmas this year, many are wondering why they didn’t put more money aside for the festivities.
Although it may seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas 2016, the fact that many of the best savings deals are fixed for 12 months means that, if you start now, your savings account will mature just in time for next year’s spending spree (see table below).Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Take Control of Your Debit and Credit Card Debts and Get Back in the Black / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans
Consumers who are hoping to snap up a great deal in the upcoming Black Friday sales need to make sure they don’t lose their heads when its comes to their finances, warns Moneyfacts.co.uk.
Millions of shoppers are expected to take advantage of offers both in shops and online this Friday (27 November), but the cost of using an overdraft or a credit card to bag some goodies could kill the buzz of the bargain hunting.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, November 23, 2015
It appears that the big banks have deserted savers, with multiple rate reductions causing their products to drop lower and lower in the market. However, building societies have used this to their advantage, by offering savers a local alternative to the mainstream banks.
Moneyfacts.co.uk has compared the savings offerings of building societies and banks and found that building societies are the irrefutable winners, as is highlighted in the table below.Read full article... Read full article...
Friday, November 20, 2015
Veselina Dzhingarova writes: A look at the buying process and how and why consumers make the choices they do.
Most businesses, especially small businesses, don’t pay much attention to why buyers buy. According to Allen Stanley, President of Best Attorney Rankings “Many go about their business with an attitude of providing a good product with good customer service at a fair price. “ While that seems reasonable enough, a better understanding of the buying process and how and why consumers make the choices they do can be extremely beneficial for any size business.Read full article... Read full article...
Sunday, November 15, 2015
A Simple myRA “Hack” to Supercharge Your Savings Interest Earnings / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts
Andrew Snyder writes: For income investors, times have rarely been harder. But Obama may have just accidentally created a lucrative solution.
We all know the problem. The Fed.
In its effort to keep the Great Recession from turning into something even worse, the country’s monetary maestros cut rates and kept them there. More than eight years after pulling rates lower, interest rates remain, in the simplest terms, dead.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Larissa James writes: When operating an accounting firm, it’s easy to get lost in routines and habits. And while it’s obviously important to focus on changing tax laws, evolving accounting procedures, and industry trends, you can’t forget about the basics. At the very heart of a firm’s success is that firm’s ability to connect with clients, engage them, and establish trust. If you’ve forgotten or overlooked this truth, you’re missing out on a major opportunity to grow your brand.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, November 09, 2015
As Credit Cards Interchange Cap Looms, Keep a Close Eye on Fees / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring
The latest research by Moneyfacts.co.uk can reveal that credit card providers are anticipating the effects of the upcoming EU cap on interchange fees by taking a long, hard look at their credit card fees, rewards and interest rates.
On 9 December, credit and debit card processing fees, which are paid by a retailer’s bank to the cardholder’s bank for each purchase, will be capped at 0.30% and 0.20% respectively. The idea behind the change is that businesses will no longer have to pass excessive fees onto their customers.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, November 05, 2015
By Jared Dillian
When I was a teenager, I had a different sort of part-time job. I was a church organist.
Actually, it was the best job ever because I was something of a piano prodigy as a child. Around age 12, my parents and I had to make a conscious decision about whether I was going to pursue a career in music. I decided not to, which has greatly reduced the amount of Ramen noodles I have eaten over the years.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, November 05, 2015
You’ve reached the tipping point. A product idea has transformed from prototype to sellable item, and you’ve sat down with a business partner to discuss your strategy for marketing, selling and producing the products in order to start making money.
The big question is: How are you going to get the startup capital to purchase that first batch? How about paying for the eCommerce website or at least founding your payment gateway?Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, November 02, 2015
Customers Be Cunning With Cashback Cards When You Switch or Spend / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring
In the run-up to the festive spending season, Moneyfacts.co.uk can reveal that customers could earn hundreds of pounds in cashback thanks to the enticing deals on offer today.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
22 Step Home Winter Weather Proofing Checklist to Save Money and Energy Costs / Personal_Finance / Home Maintenance
With October soon drawing to close, now is the best time before the temperatures drop to conduct a relatively quick preventative home winter weather proofing survey that than can save on costly repair bills such as damage form blocked drains and gutters, leaking roofs and burst pipes that can result in soaring insurance premiums on claims, as well as save on costly excessive energy usage due to drafts, poor insulation and boiler problems.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, October 26, 2015
“Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.”– Jonathan Clements
“In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential.”– Mason CooleyRead full article... Read full article...
Monday, October 26, 2015
The latest research by Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that some child savings accounts have received shocking rate cuts over the course of 2015, with some deals now paying as little as 0.10% yearly.
The average children’s savings account currently pays 1.56% yearly*, down from the 1.61% paid a year ago. While this may seem like only a small drop across the market, this average masks the fact that some individual deals have had severe rate cuts.Read full article... Read full article...
Friday, October 23, 2015
Coventry Building Society’s Poppy Fixed Rate Bond 2.35% for 3 Years / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts
Coventry Building Society has re-launched its popular Poppy Bond, which pays a fixed yearly rate of 2.35% until 31.12.18 (2.33% gross, 2.36% AER monthly). The account has a minimum opening investment of just £1 but any additions will need to be made within 14 days of the account opening or before closure of the issue, whichever is later. A donation equating to 0.15% of the total invested balance will be paid to The Royal British Legion by the society.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
How the Big White Lie of Investing Could Cost You Your Retirement / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement
Mark Ford writes: I consider myself an expert of sorts on retirement. Not because I've studied the subject, but because I've retired three times.