Women’s rights have progressed massively since 1928, when we were finally allowed to vote in parliamentary elections, and since 1970, when the Equal Pay Act was introduced to prevent direct and indirect discrimination in the workplace.
I like rules of thumb relating to retirement, because sometimes the best advice is the simplest. Here are my two favourites:
- Contribute a percentage of your salary each month equivalent to half your age when you started a pension.
The number of 25-year-old homeowners has plummeted by more than half in 20 years.
According to the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, almost half (46%) of 25-year-olds owned their own home 20 years ago compared to just 20% today.
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I was fascinated to read in Private Eye that only one major newspaper – the Sunday Times – beat the FTSE 100 index with its share tips for 2016.
It seems crazy to be thinking about Christmas so far ahead of the event but it is definitely smart to plan ahead for what is undoubtedly the most expensive part of the year.
As we come down from the highs of the festive season, it's not just our heads that may be suffering; our bank balance may also have taken a hit - which is particularly difficult for those already struggling with debts to deal with.
We asked readers to write in with their views on the use of tallow in the new polymer £5 note, which we have since discovered is a finalist to the "World banknote of the year" competition.
The ‘C’ word. Whether it fills you with dread or gets you rushing out for tinsel to Deck the Halls with, there’s no escaping the fact Christmas is approaching.
This is surely the most obvious personal finance tip ever – perhaps even more hackneyed than saving money by not buying a coffee every day – but… it really is worth opening your letters.