Finance in the News – w/c 30.03.20

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

FINANCIAL TIMES

“How to get refunds for school fees, season tickets and much more”
Before seeking reimbursement for services you can no longer use, it pays to know your consumer rights.
“Buying outweighs selling among private investors on UK platforms”
Investors pick up bargains, but average value of a sell deal is 84 per cent higher than a buy.
“Surge in demand for will writing as coronavirus crisis deepens”
Lawyers say wealthy elderly people seeking advice on life insurance and inheritance tax.
“Income investors face ‘dividend drought’”
£3.5bn worth of dividend payments cancelled this week.
“UK property demand plunges as virus takes hold”
60% decline in sales predicted in the next three months
“Making a case for ‘Corona bonds’”
In previous times of crisis, private investors have financed war bonds, so why not now?

THE TIMES

“How the coronavirus crisis will affect your mortgage”
Low-deposit loans disappear and the number of other deals plummets as lenders cope with virus crisis.
“Coronavirus bailout for the self‑employed — who can and can’t claim”
There are £10 billion of grants on offer, but not everyone will qualify.
“Will coronavirus be the death of cash?”
The crisis has forced us to change our spending habits, but keeping cash machines full remains vital.

THE TELEGRAPH

“Small business owners asked to put homes on the line to get emergency coronavirus loans”
Businesses can secure emergency funding to stay afloat, but in most cases only by stumping up the owner’s life savings.
“One week until the next tax year: how to make the most of your Isa allowance”
Savers and investors have just a week left to use the £20,000 they can put into their Isa before the end of the financial year on April 5.
“Self-employed paid in dividends to miss out on Rishi Sunak’s bailout package”
Contractors and those who are paid in dividends have been left out of Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited package of support for the self-employed.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

“Social disease: how fraudsters adapt old scams to exploit coronavirus”
Criminals who formerly tried to ‘sextort’ people online are now making threats to infect a target’s family and friends.
“’It’s critical to make this work’: small firms go online to survive coronavirus crisis”
From yoga teachers to gardeners, firms are finding ways to overcome losses during the outbreak.

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