Finance in the News – w/c 20.07.20

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

FINANCIAL TIMES

“Stamp duty holiday boosts buy-to-let landlords”
Property investors set to benefit from tax savings announced in the chancellor’s summer statement.
“Is pet insurance worth it?”
More people than ever are taking out policies, but the cost of cover can be high.
“Psychological traps investors should be wary of”
Do you need an ‘emotional circuit breaker’ to prevent untimely investment decisions?
“Insurers start to offer Covid cover as travel ban is lifted”
Policies that pay out to people who contract the disease on holiday are increasingly common.
“Getting back to Buffett”
When recalibrating income expectations, think like the Sage of Omaha.
“Old Money: Digging for victory”
The economics of growing your own don’t stack up, but that’s not the point.

THE TIMES

“Don’t mention the t-word to our millennial chancellor”
You can tell our chancellor is a millennial. For a start, Rishi Sunak wants us all to go out for brunch, but also he seems to be a big fan of buy now, pay later schemes.
“The year investors bid farewell to fund managers”
Low-cost investments have suddenly surged as savers give up on poorly performing unit trusts.
“British shares are looking cheap, so I’ll be dining out on the recovery”
Will Rishi Sunak’s £30 billion stimulus package be a shot in the arm for our virus-blighted economy? Is it enough to turn Britain into a bargain for investors?

THE TELEGRAPH

“From flights to food baskets – how prices changed in lockdown Britain”
Flight prices for foreign getaways have rocketed since lockdown rules were eased.
“Decade-long run ends for 14 divi champs – but last stocks standing can power ahead”
Just 14 firms now boast a record of at least 10 consecutive increases in their annual dividend, down from 25 at the start of the year.
“British stocks ‘not cheap’ despite market falling 17% this year”
China and Japan could offer better value.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

“Precious metal: the gold-standard investment when a crisis hits?”
Fuelled by low interest rates and the prospect of a recession, gold has hit record highs. So is it worth buying now?
“Pensioners are already suffering’: responses to the summer statement”
A single mother, a business owner and a pensioner react to Rishi Sunak’s attempt to revive the UK economy.

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