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Early-retired urged to review state pension top-up options

People who stopped working before they reached state pension age can top up their national insurance record to get a full state pension
 

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Over 25% of homes bought in 2018 backed by 'Bank of Mum and Dad'

Parents are now effectively a mortgage lender with a £5.7 billion loan book in 2018, according to financial services group Legal & General (L&G).

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Mobile banking to overtake online banking in 2019

Mobile banking has never been more popular and is set to overtake online banking in 2019, according to a new forecast.

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UK house prices remain flat

Much of the UK housing market remains relatively flat and listless with some exceptions – notably in the Midlands and Wales – according to latest property price indices.

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Inflation down to 2.4 per cent - will the fall continue?

Consumers will feel some relief as inflation continues to fall back from a peak of 3.1 per cent, but the trend may not go on for long.

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The world’s 10 biggest dividend payers

Global dividend payments reached a record high in the first quarter of 2018 , but which individual shares paid the most?

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UK investors turn sour on property as investment

Over half of UK investors no longer consider property to be as good an investment as it once was.

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Can the FTSE 100 reach 8000? The bull and bear points

Will the FTSE 100 continue its fine form? We outline the bull and bear cases.

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Weak dollar leads to new record in global dividend payments

A weak dollar pushed up dividend payments. For some regions, this masked much weaker underlying growth. Tom Bailey reports.

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Share buybacks are soaring - is this a sign of market turmoil ahead?

Share buybacks in the US are on track to hit a record high in 2018, if first quarter share purchases are anything to go by.

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Dividend Danger Zone: Are bond proxies yielding 5 per cent plus a buy or value trap?

Bond proxy stocks, those that on the surface offer a safe and predicable income, have thrived under the decade-long loose monetary policy environment.

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