The enigma of Premium Bonds

Earlier this month, the top Premium Bonds prize of £1 million was won for the first time since the investment limit was increased to £50,000 in June 2015. The winner, from West Scotland, only the second ever top prize winner from that region, had invested the maximum amount, whilst a second investor from Surrey was also made a millionaire in the same month after investing £23,950.

Now that you’ve got to grips with auto-enrolment, prepare for auto re-enrolment

Auto-enrolment, the government initiative which made it compulsory for all businesses to enrol their employees in a pension scheme, celebrated its third anniversary last October. Whilst most employers have by this point got to grips with what they need to do to comply with auto-enrolment, those businesses that were some of the first to implement the initiative face a new challenge three years on: the first phase of automatic re-enrolment.

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Don’t Worry, Be App-y: three great money-saving apps for your smartphone

Apps have transformed the way you can do almost everything in life, from tracking your fitness regime to ordering a takeaway. For those interested in saving money, there are hundreds of finance-related apps out there, but it’s hard to know which of these will actually help you manage your hard-earned cash and which will just take up space on your smartphone. Have a look below to see three of the savings apps we reckon are actually worth using, all of which won’t cost you a penny to download.

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Help To Buy vs Lifetime: Which ISA is best?

Set to be introduced in April 2017, the Lifetime ISA essentially offers an alternative to the Help To Buy ISA. With two competing options on the table, it’s important to know which is best for you and your needs, as whilst they have some similarities, there are also key differences between the two.

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The new state pension and how it will affect you

The new single-tier state pension, also referred to as a ‘flat-rate’ pension, came into effect at the start of April this year. Whilst it makes the system simpler, as well as increasing the basic state pension from around £120 per week to a starting figure of £155 per week, the new system is not set to benefit everyone. To find out whether you’re one of the people who will be better off, one of those losing out, or someone who won’t be affected by the changes at all, read on.

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2016’s Top Summer Holiday Destinations

As the warm weather keeps threatening to finally arrive for good, it feels like the perfect time to start thinking about where to go to get away in the summer months. Keep reading to discover our top three destinations for your 2016 holiday.

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Four Things To Avoid Doing With Your Pension

There’s no doubt that we’re in a time of considerable change when it comes to pensions, with a great many people unsure of whether or not they should take advantage of the new freedoms and how they can best put the new system to work for them. As well as the positive things you can do with your pension, there are a number of things you should probably avoid doing with your retirement funds too.

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Four new laws and how they’ll change the way you live

2016 has seen a number of new laws introduced by the government, and whilst some were widely reported, others feel conspicuous by their absence in the media. Here are four which could have a major impact on how both you and the British public in general live day to day:

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When was the last time your friends and family reviewed their pension?

A survey carried out by YouGov only a few years ago found that over half the respondents who contributed to either a personal or workplace pension scheme had not reviewed their pension in the preceding three years. More worryingly, many of these people admitted that they had never carried out a pension review.

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