Finance in the News – w/c 22.03.21

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

FINANCIAL TIMES

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.

THE TIMES

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.

THE TELEGRAPH

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.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

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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