Articles by Jeff Prestridge

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    Fan of notes

    Hunting down attractive income in today’s low interest rate environment is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.

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    Goodbye 2016

    2016. What a year! In more than three decades of reporting on money issues, there have been few years to match the one that is just ending. It’s been both exciting and frightening at the same time.

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    Higher savings

    I might be wrong – it’s part and parcel of being an opinionated personal finance journalist. But my crystal ball is telling me that the worm is about to turn in savers’ favour.

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    Enjoying financial freedom in the park

    My brother-in-law has just retired after more than 35 years of loyal service with his employer, UK banking giant HSBC. He was not a greedy banker, just a rank and file employee – a solid accountant – so I forgive him for working for a bank that has recklessly shut more branches in recent years than any of its rivals.

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    Despite what some high-profile politicians predicted before the EU referendum vote, the UK economy is rocking along very nicely post 23 June. The scourge of inflation is under control for the time being – 0.6% as measured by the latest Consumer Prices Index (CPI) – while the employment rate at 74.5% is at its joint highest level since comparable records began 45 years ago.

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    I'm no politician, nor desire to be one, but the repeated assaults from governments, past and present, on our private pensions come from a belief that savers continue to get far too good a deal.

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    Brexit house

    What interesting times we live in now that the nation has voted to do a Brexit.We have witnessed political musical chairs played out in the corridors of Westminster – and Labour has yet to stop moving its furniture.

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    Beware pensions road sign

    Few areas of personal finance have undergone such dramatic change in recent years as our pensions.

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    An empty safe

    When I embarked upon a career in financial journalism 30 years ago, I was told by my ogre of an editor that our splendid country had one of the best occupational pension systems in the Western world.

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    Businessoman with her thumb down

    The retail investment fund management industry has done Brits proud over the years. It’s helped many of us become (seriously) richer by investing our pensions and individual savings accounts (Isas) wisely in vehicles such as unit trusts and open-ended investment companies (Oeics).