Moving house? Experts reveal the home improvements you SHOULDN’T waste money on

If you’re keen to capitalise on the mini-boom in the property market, you may well be spending much of lockdown doing long-awaited home improvements. But before you do anything drastic such as ripping down a wall or giving your lounge a radical makeover, have you stopped to take stock of what is actually going to … Read more Moving house? Experts reveal the home improvements you SHOULDN’T waste money on

DOMINIC LAWSON: The more money you make, the happier you will feel. Who knew? 

And now, some breaking news: whenever your earnings increase, you feel a bit happier. What, you knew that already? Well, you were ahead of the game. For the established academic view had been that once a person’s income had risen to around £55,000, any further increase did not add to so-called ‘experienced’ happiness. That ‘rule’ … Read more DOMINIC LAWSON: The more money you make, the happier you will feel. Who knew? 

One in four homeowners on highest mortgage rate – and some wrongly think it helps pay it off quicker

One in four homeowners is paying their lender’s highest mortgage rate – and some even think it helps them pay off their loan faster… Borrowers could save £4,080 per year by ditching their standard variable rate  This is the ‘default’ rate when your initial term ends and it can be up to 6%  Some thought … Read more One in four homeowners on highest mortgage rate – and some wrongly think it helps pay it off quicker

Is the property market facing a ticking time bomb?

Owners of energy inefficient homes may find themselves the proprietors of unsellable and unlettable properties just over seven years from now. The Climate Change Committee, which is advising the UK government on how to achieve its net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, has recommended that all homes should have an Energy Performance Certificate rating … Read more Is the property market facing a ticking time bomb?

Challenger suppliers trump the Big Six again in satisfaction survey

Small energy supplier Outfox the Market has claimed the top spot in Which?’s annual customer satisfaction survey, rising from a lowly 19th position last year. The provider, which frequently offers some of the cheapest deals on the market but but has not always been renowned for its customer service, received an impressive customer score of … Read more Challenger suppliers trump the Big Six again in satisfaction survey

How is my state pension affected by being contracted out?

I am a 53 year old man who has worked since leaving school. From 1988 to 2006 I belonged to a company pension which required me to be ‘contracted out’ for 18 years. How will this affect my state pension? SCROLL DOWN TO FIND OUT HOW TO ASK STEVE YOUR PENSION QUESTION     Payments reduced: How … Read more How is my state pension affected by being contracted out?

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Heading for tech trouble?

RUTH SUNDERLAND: If US tech falls to earth, it will hurt a lot of people in the UK – many small investors are exposed through funds that hold these shares History tells us that small investors piling into a soaring stock market is a sign of trouble What should we make of the US markets … Read more RUTH SUNDERLAND: Heading for tech trouble?

Local high streets weather Covid better than city centres

Analysis shows local high streets weathered the pandemic storm better than city centre shopping areas By Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:50 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 21:50 GMT, 24 January 2021 Local high streets have weathered the pandemic storm better than city centre shopping areas, analysis has shown.  Workers staying at … Read more Local high streets weather Covid better than city centres

Bitter battle breaks out over plans for Treasury North

Row breaks out over Treasury’s plan to set up Northern base after top civil servants accused of ‘Yes, Minister’ style stitch-up Rishi Sunak has proposed moving 800 officials to the hub – dubbed Treasury North – with locations thought to include Leeds, Teesside and Newcastle  But top civil servants have been accused of trying to … Read more Bitter battle breaks out over plans for Treasury North

Dr. Martens boss to net estimated £58m from float

Chief executive of Dr. Martens will net an estimated £58m from its blockbuster stock market listing By Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:50 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 21:50 GMT, 24 January 2021 The chief executive of Dr. Martens will net an estimated £58m from its blockbuster stock market listing launched today.  … Read more Dr. Martens boss to net estimated £58m from float