Finance in the News – w/c 28.02.22


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


Is there a new super-cycle in metals and minerals?
Low-carbon policies stoke demand for lithium, cobalt and copper, but investors must judge whether the boom will last.
Rates rise on UK mortgages as lenders look to inflation fallout
Borrowers act fast to lock in attractive deals as further rate rises are expected.
Rightmove predicts property transactions return to ‘pre-pandemic levels’ this year
Bullish earnings report shows 2021 was busiest in FTSE 100 group’s 21-year history.
Taxpayers ‘waiting months’ for refunds from HMRC
Accountants say delays have increased during the pandemic.
Student loans: Should the Bank of Mum and Dad step in?
Sweeping changes to university funding leave graduates — and parents — with difficult choices.
Buying a property in Europe is clouded by complex rules
New issues for British buyers have emerged since Brexit


Put yourself through the market test
Could you cope if stocks suddenly plunged and didn’t recover? Here’s how to help your portfolio to weather turbulent times.
The Ukraine conundrum: how the crisis affects you
At times when the stock market is volatile it is worth remembering an old investment adage: “a loss is not a loss until you sell”.
The drip, drip down of the market is often worse than a crash
Now is the time for a calm head. It is easy to get panicked or excited when share prices move rapidly, and there have been some large falls.


Money Makeover: ‘I’m widowed and have £400k – how do I plan for life on my own?’
A reader has cash from a London house sale and £150,000 in inherited bonds.
Even the Government’s own people admit the triple lock didn’t need to be broken
The Government’s decision to renege on its promise is looking increasingly out of touch.
Turmoil for trapped flat owners as energy crisis makes contractors go bust
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will bring more delays as the energy price crisis deepens.


Wills and trusts: how to plan your finances for when you’re gone
All you need to do – from writing a will to inheritance tax and insurance.
Savings: Zopa launches account that lets users lock in at better rates
Customers able to earn up to 1.05% with Smart Saver by holding some of money in linked ‘pots’.

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