Finance in the News – w/c 03.05.21

Short summaries of recent articles we think you will find useful from some of the UK’s broadsheets.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Bitcoin: too good to miss or a bubble ready to burst?
If retail investors buy, they need to accept that cryptocurrencies come with big risks
US tax plan ‘opens door to rest of the world’ to raise capital levies
Experts say other governments could follow suit in targeting the ultra-rich.
Glimmer of hope in UK dividend drought
Companies preparing to restore pay-outs after pandemic cuts.
Pension withdrawals: calls grow for automatic guidance sessions
Few seek guidance while scams have cost about £10bn since 2015.
Europe’s stocks are inexpensive — but choose with care
The continent lags behind in the vaccine stakes, but not all is as gloomy as it seems.
Pubs, pints and a toast to investment ideas
A post-lockdown trip to the local offers the chance to sample tempting financial opportunities.

THE TIMES

There’s a fraudster on the line but the phone companies can’t stop him
Criminals are getting away with it — and police want more help from phone and internet firms.
Have American shares become too expensive?
Some US shares may be overpriced, but there’s still value to be had in American equities.
Long live the capitalist revolution that will carry us happily into retirement
What can we do to ensure that we will be able to retire early — or even ever? Here’s a revolutionary manifesto for workers of all ages to escape from the chains of wage slavery into a life of leisure.

THE TELEGRAPH

Sales of London’s priciest properties spike 80% as lockdown ends
The supercars are back in Knightsbridge’, estate agents say.
The stocks set to buck the dividend gloom and hike pay-outs this year
Barclays is forecast to pay out five times as much in dividends this year as it did in 2020.
You must tell us about your Bitcoin, HMRC instructs taxpayers
Taxman adds cryptos to its ‘statement of assets’ declaration forms.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

Grieving relatives despair at months of waiting for probate
Arranging the affairs of the deceased used to take a few weeks, but Covid delays and a computer system some think inadequate have changed all that.
Mortgage prisoners ‘distressed and betrayed’ as MPs reject interest cap
Borrowers still trapped into paying 5%-plus rate with inactive lenders that do not offer cheaper deals.

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