Finance in the News – w/c 27.04.20

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

FINANCIAL TIMES

“Income-seeking investors face an uphill struggle”
Even dividends from stalwarts Shell and BP may be in doubt in the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.
“Oil prices on a slippery slope”
Energy funds and ETFs have suffered as crude prices plunge.
“Company car users on furlough can save thousands of pounds”
Tax bills can be reduced by handing back a vehicle to an employer.
“Home improvers hit by re-mortgage problems”
Dig downs and loft extensions may increase the value of a home, but it’s hard to borrow against this.
“Private investors hit by dividend drought”
A pay-out passed leaves a scar on a company’s record that can never be erased.
“Investing in times of uncertainty”
Investors must consider the lessons of past downturns as they look to the future.

THE TIMES

“Help! The black hole is growing in our pension”
Schemes in deficit are being hit by emergency rules and market chaos.
“How best to invest during coronavirus? Your questions answered”
Join a live discussion with James Coney, Money Editor, and Ian Cowie, a columnist, between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday April 29.
“How to re-mortgage during lockdown and the best deals”
There are lots of cheap offers around but because of the pressures banks are under, you may find it hard to secure a new loan.

THE TELEGRAPH

“Race is on for last of the 5% savings prizes”
Rates are tumbling — the only solace is that so is inflation.
“It’s not just the virus that scares me, it’s living under Austerity 2.0”
Once we’ve found a path out of lockdown, how will we find a path through the economic tangle that follows?

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

“UK energy firms using debt collectors despite coronavirus agreement”
Companies are expected to identify struggling customers and offer them reassurance.
“Coronavirus has wrecked my finances – and I’m sure I’m not alone”
A personal account.

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