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The TimesLondoners cash in for a very big house in the countryThe TimesThe highest proportions of cash purchases last year were in popular holiday destinations such as the southwest of England, where they accounted for 39% of transactions. ... The number of equity release mortgages taken out has soared in recent years.
The TimesLenders defy Bank with cheaper mortgages (as savers' pain goes on)The TimesBanks are cutting the cost of their best mortgage deals — despite the Bank of England having raised rates last month. Barclays, HSBC, Halifax, TSB and Coventry building society are among the big names to have reduced the cost of fixed-rate mortgages.
James Coney: We all face tax rises, so Starbucks' skinny bill is hard to swallowThe TimesWhat's worse is that the current tax system is an utter mess, whether it is savings interest reliefs, child benefit and tax credit restrictions, reductions in personal allowances, or pension contributions. It is nigh on impossible to plot your way ...
This is MoneyFrom choosing low-cost destinations to getting the right insurance: How to give your child the cheapest gap yearThis is MoneyCards can result in costly overseas fees. Creation Financial Services, Halifax and Santander charge no fee on some credit cards when used overseas. Starling Bank's mobile-only bank account debit card and Nationwide's FlexPlus debit card allow free cash ...