Finance in the News – w/c 14.03.22

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

FINANCIAL TIMES

Investing in ISAs at a time of turmoil
Inflation, war and market volatility are the backdrop as this year’s deadline approaches for the tax-efficient savings and investment vehicles.
North-east England outpaces London in buy-to-let returns
Research underscores the growing importance for owners of rental yields over capital growth.
An energy shock and high inflation: are the 1970s reborn?
One thing is for sure. We won’t be going back to the 2010s.
Investors buy gold in response to Ukraine war
Savers can choose bullion, ETFs, or mining stocks.
How much investment risk would you take to reduce your tax bill?
With VCTs set to raise £1bn this year, selling tax breaks to investors is clearly big business.
How to take a hands-on approach to your ISA
Investors can put themselves in charge of their portfolios with a ‘self-invested’ or DIY platform.

THE TIMES

The five charts that tell you why your shopping is going to cost more
Russia and Ukraine together produce more than a quarter of the world’s wheat. Prices peaked at $13.50 a bushel (36.4 litres) on March 4, more than double the $6.54 at this time last year.
Reduce your pension fees by £50 a month
Long-term savers could be tens of thousands of pounds better off by switching to get lower fees.
On the trail of Britain’s 400 fake banks
Ali Hussain finds no trace of the 30 firms registered on one London street

THE TELEGRAPH

Rents cool as cost of living crisis brings record squeeze for tenants
Rent growth is predicted to plunge from 6.7pc to 2.5pc as energy bills hammer tenant affordability.
Buy these bargain investment trusts while you can
Market turmoil means these funds are now dirt cheap.
Who benefits from the council tax rebate and how does it work?
More than 20 million families in the UK will get a £150 rebate on their council tax bills.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

Stocks and shares ISAs: how to choose where to invest
With thousands of funds to choose from, knowing where to start can be daunting.
UK shoppers face more identity checks when buying online
Two-factor authentication is designed to reduce the £376m lost to fraud in 2020.

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