Finance in the News – w/c 17.12.18


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


“How I became a Brexiter — and why ‘no deal’ would not be disastrous”
Investing in UK equities is one of the least crowded trades in the marketplace.
“UK homeowners rush to re-mortgage amid Brexit uncertainty”
Homeowners re-mortgaged loans to the value of £9.2bn in October, the highest monthly total since November 2008, when it hit £9.3bn.
“Bear markets and corrections: some lessons from history”
There are some who say that the market is due a correction when taxi drivers start offering stock tips. Regardless of what insights your last cabbie may have offered, investors are growing increasingly nervous that things could take a turn for the worse.
“Plan now to beat chancellor’s property relief cuts”
Landlords and those aiming to sell their homes in the next two years should plan ahead for cuts to two valuable property tax reliefs from 2020, advisers said.
“Investors flock to venture capital funds”
Wealthy savers seek alternative tax-efficient investments after changes to pension rules.


“New mortgages for professionals offering six times your income”
The banks and building societies are falling over themselves to lend to lawyers, doctors and accountants, wooing them with the chance to borrow up to six times their income with only a 10% deposit
“Ten shares and trusts that have consistently grown their dividends”
The Times look at the unit trusts, shares and investment trusts that have shown the most consistent dividend growth since 2000.


“The best deals are moving online-only – costing less digital-savvy savers dearly”
This week the interest rate on the top easy-access savings account and the average rate across the top five accounts were both the best since 2016.
“World economy faces slowdown as eurozone stagnates, China stimulus struggles and US growth peaks.”
The global economy appears to be at a tipping point as stagnation in Europe and a relentless slowdown in China threaten to bring last year’s recovery to a juddering halt.


“Storm ahead? Here’s how to prepare for a financial crisis”
As the IMF warns a downturn could be coming, The Guardian examines how you can protect yourself.
“Why are insurers still turning away LGBT customers?”
Companies routinely reject applicants with Aids or who are HIV-positive – The Guardian says it’s time for change.


“The tax trap hidden in the Budget that will hit divorcing couples who sell the family home… and how to avoid it”
Changes to capital gains tax rules will affect divorcing couples from 2020. Couples will have nine months instead of 18 to sell before becoming liable. Divorcing couples have other options available than just selling their home.

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