Short summaries of recent articles we think you will find useful from some of the UK’s broadsheets.
“Investing in Europe — new opportunities on the old continent”
Despite its sometimes sclerotic image, the region has youthful drive, especially in green industries.
“The great holiday booking gamble”
People risking booking a staycation should choose carefully.
“Neil Woodford’s rocky return”
A more remorseful man might have had a better chance of a comeback.
“Government interest charges breach the credibility gap”
HMRC takes far more from late payers than it returns to those who overpay.
“Remarry by all means — but don’t forget the pre-nup”
Financial planning cuts risk of family rows and disputed legacies.
“Managing your investments during retirement”
A solid plan can help produce a sustainable income.
“How savers who lost money on Woodford rebuilt their lives”
Investors who lost thousands in Neil Woodford’s failed Equity Income fund have abandoned stock-pickers and some have moved out of shares almost entirely.
“Invesco in the doghouse again, along with £9bn of your money”
The investment house Invesco has been named as the worst place to invest in funds, with the most poorly performing “dog funds”.
“Ethical investing doesn’t have to be bad for your pension”
The amount invested in environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds trebled year on year from £3.2 billion in 2019 to £10 billion. The increasing influence of our social conscience on financial decisions may have been the main factor but attractive returns certainly help, too.
“Five warning signs to spot the next GameStop stock bubble”
Shares in GameStop, the American computer games retailer, surged then plummeted as momentum faded.
“Half a million to miss out on £10,000 green home grants”
Only 2,600 households have managed to use the scheme – 0.4% of the 600,000 target.
“Think your home is safe? The cladding crisis has opened a £30bn Pandora’s box of building flaws”
More than half buildings tested have failed crucial safety assessments.
“Banks are back with handouts to lure in new customers”
If you are tempted to switch accounts for the promise of free money or wine, weigh up the costs.
“’I was told it was as safe as houses’: savers owed thousands as firm fails”
Britons are out of pocket despite being told they would get double-digit returns from German company.
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