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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Budget 2009 Boost for Savers as ISA Allowances to be Raised to £10,200 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmidst the budget gloom and doom of a budget busting deficit of £175 billion and the first of a series of tax hikes that introduces a new top tax band of 50% for those earning over £150,000, there was some good news for distressed savers that have been paying the price for credit crisis in the form of low interest rates.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Best Cash ISA Tax Free Savings Accounts for the New Tax Year / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCash ISAs are many savers’ first port of call when it comes to creating a nest egg, but in a turbulent year just who has reigned supreme, offering the best rate of return to savers?

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Halifax HBOS Bank Deteriorating Banking Services, Low Savings Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing the UK tax payer funded bailout of HBOS by Lloyds TSB, as anticipated the quality of HBOS banking services continues to deteriorate for example of specific note are the introduced delays in the transfer of funds to bank accounts with other institutions, this appears to be an attempt to force customers to upgrade to the fee based accounts which do appear to offer a more competent transfer process in terms of time.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Madoff Financial Scam Billions of Lost Dollars / Personal_Finance / Scams

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLawrence R. Velvel writes: I’m probably missing something, in fact I’m probably missing a lot, but as far as I know there has been little in the way of official release of certain crucial numbers related to the Madoff scam.  The government has said that $65 billion was lost; I presume that $65 billion is the collective total shown on the November 30, 2008 statements, and it therefore is the number I shall use here for the total loss.  It has been estimated at various times, if memory serves, that there were either 8,000 accounts or 13,000 accounts. But these would seem to be the number of accounts listed with Madoff, and, since a feeder fund was but one account, these numbers do not include any of the persons who invested through the feeder funds.  It has also been estimated -- with what accuracy I have no idea -- that if you were to count all the people who invested through feeder funds, pension funds, etc., there are 50,000 people who lost money with Madoff.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, April 20, 2009

Why Your Company Pension is in Danger! / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: MoneyWeek

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCompany pensions are in big trouble.
UK company pension funds are now in the red to the tune of over £240bn - the biggest shortfall ever recorded. And here's the irony. It's partly due to QE – quantitative easing, the Bank of England's cash printing press, which is supposed to be bailing Britain out.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Building Societies Continue to Beat Banks in Cash ISA and Savings Interest Rates Consistency / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBuilding societies retain consistency crown - Building societies once again reign supreme, taking 77% of the top spots in the Moneyfacts consistency survey. The string of consecutive base rate cuts has resulted in lower returns for savers and the majority of the most consistent returns are provided by the same providers.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nationwide Announces New Tax Year Fixed Interest Bonds and ISA's / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nationwide

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNationwide Building Society announces details of a new range of Fixed Rate Bonds, e-Bonds and Fixed Rate ISA Bonds, which all offer a guaranteed rate of return for savers. With effect from Thursday 9 April 2009, Nationwide’s bond range will include:

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Personal_Finance

Monday, April 06, 2009

Warning, Beware of Credit and Debit Card Foreign Usage Charges / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the Easter bank holiday nearly upon us, many people will be looking to go abroad on holiday in the coming weeks. While using your credit or debit card may be the easiest way to pay for things while your away, costs can so mount up.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Cash and Shares ISA End of Tax Year, Use it or Lose it / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 2008-09 tax year is fast drawing to a close by 5pm on 5th April 2009, many UK savers have not utilised their annual ISA allowances due to low interest rates. However as my indepth analysis has consistently pointed out that the current deflation will eventually give way to inflation and much higher interest rates and therefore the ISA's still remain important long-term tax free wrappers .

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Letter to Bank of America / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: LewRockwell

To whom it may concern:

I have been a customer of Bank of America since October 2006. In that time I have maintained, in good faith, a checking account, a savings account, an investment account and two credit card accounts.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

UK Savings and Mortgage Interest Rates After Base Rate Cut / Personal_Finance / UK Interest Rates

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast month the Bank of England cut bank base rate to the lowest level in its 315 year history. One month on and we can see the impact the cut has had on savings and mortgage rates.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Nationwide Launches new Fixed Rate ISA Bond Paying 3.25% / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nationwide

Nationwide Building Society announced details of a new four year Fixed Rate ISA Bond, paying up to 2.75% gross p.a. / AER. The new Fixed Rate ISA Bond offers savers a choice of annual or monthly interest and provides a tax-free guaranteed rate of return.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Banks Vs Building Societies for Mortgages and Savings / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBanks have taken over the mantle from the building societies by offering the most competitive overall deals on both savings and mortgages.

The building societies had offered the best range of products when it came to savings, but it appears that their members have been harder hit than bank customers by the recent cuts in base rate.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Nationwide Says Be Early to Top Up Your ISA and See it Grow / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nationwide

ISA holders could earn an additional £594 million by topping up at the start of the tax year. Nationwide Building Society estimates that people in the UK could receive an additional £594 million on their savings and investments by topping up their existing Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) at the beginning of the new tax year, rather than at the end.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Get an Income Tax Boost From the Obama Economic Stimulus Plan / Personal_Finance / Economic Stimulus

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Brounes writes: So what will $800 billion buy these days?  At the macro level, the Obama administration's rescue plan will buy some new roads and bridges, 3.5 million new jobs and, hopefully, an economic recovery in the process.

On an individual level, the benefit will come from the mix of tax benefits that are part of the package.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, March 06, 2009

Nationwide to Introduce Fee on Debit and Credit Card Foreign Transactions / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Millions of British consumers have long enjoyed the benefit of using the transaction fee free Nationwide credit cards abroad both when on holiday and for online purchases. However the Nationwide has now announced that they will be introducing a 0.84% fee from 6th of May which will rise to 1% on the 1st of June.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

How Stocks Bear Markets Can Boost Your Retirement Investment Planning / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: If you save for retirement through a 401(k) plan, or have large IRA or Keogh Plan assets, you probably hurled your last statement in the bin. If you'd been making contributions consistently over the last decade, your last annual or monthly statement probably showed that the current value of your plan was well below the amount you had actually invested.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, January 11, 2009

4-Point Survival Guide for Turning Personal Financial Crisis into Opportunity / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Submissions

The current financial crisis is driving the world into a global recession. There is no job security anymore. Especially in times of financial crisis you need to be independent, become the CEO of your life and redefine yourself in order to create and attract new creative opportunities. This can be realized successfully according to an innovative four-stage authentic personal branding model, that will be introduced in this article, based on the bestselling book “Authentic Personal Branding:

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Personal_Finance

Friday, January 02, 2009

Prepare Your Finances for 2009 / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHappy New Year!

Amber Dakar writes: Now that 2008 is one for the history books, it's time to set our sights on 2009. And because what lies ahead for us is unforeseen, it's best to take the necessary actions now to be prepared for the unexpected. Therefore, let's spend a few minutes to go over the “must-do” personal finance actions for 2009.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Financial Crisis Halves Retirement Fund Values / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrash! The 2007 thru 2008 financial crisis halved 401(k), IRA, and Mutual Fund values in a matter of months. For many, retirement dates had to be pushed back; for others, new jobs had to be found. The tragic flaw? No income allocation in the investment program. Market value builds egos; income pays the bills.

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