Articles by Sam Barrett

Equity release: how to extract cash from your home

Friday, 28 September 2018 | Article

Releasing equity tied up in your home can mean the difference between living in the house you love and moving out. We speak to three people who’ve done it

New opportunities for older mortgage borrowers

Friday, 22 June 2018 | Article

It used to be extremely difficult to be approved for a mortgage in your 60s, but there are now providers that are willing to be more flexible.

"Should I transfer my Isa into a Sipp?"

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 | Article

A 69-year-old reader wants to know if a personal pension’s tax benefits make it a better option for him.

“Should I use my pension to clear my debt at age 60?”

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 | Article

“Should I use my pension to clear my debt at age 60?”

"At age 28, how do I get the best from my workplace pension?"

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 | Article

With decades to go before retiring, one reader seeks a second opinion on whether he can take more risk.

How to plan a funeral and save money

Monday, 08 January 2018 | Article

With the average send-off costing £4,000, letting your loved ones know your preferences – or making your own plan – could save them upset and money.

Tax goes digital, but check the figures add up

Thursday, 21 December 2017 | Article

Online services make it easier to do everything, from paying your gas bill to booking a holiday and ordering the latest bestseller.

Don’t fall for a pension scam

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | Article

Ever been offered an investment opportunity in burial plots, Carribean hotel rooms or a guaranteed return from Uruguayan soya beans?

Should you cash in your gold-plated pension?

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 | Article

Despite the pension freedoms, final salary schemes don’t allow you to access the cash in your pension pot. But before you decide to transfer out, make sure you understand what you’ll be giving up.

Investment trusts - the City's best kept secret

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 | Article

Investment trusts can be a great addition to your portfolio.