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X marks the spot…

Can ancient maps really lead you to buried treasure? Invest wisely and they may well prove worth their weight in gold, reports Linda Whitney If you find returns on savings and investments leave you with nowhere to go, it could pay to look at a map. Investing in antique maps is becoming more popular as […]

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The generation game

Older and wiser – and taken for granted. I think that fairly sums up our generation. Taken for granted by everyone from our children upwards to the government and definitely including the financial services industry. Having had to pay mortgage interest of up to 15 per cent for our home loans back in the 1970s, […]

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Getting a real deal

‘‘Ninety per cent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate” – Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and philanthropist and one of the richest men in history (1919). Coming from a man who made Croesus look cheap, these words suggest that an investment in commercial property should be a key part of any portfolio. But […]

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Handle with care

Now is the time to take control of funding care for later life, says Linda Whitney It’s something many of us are thinking about – how our care in later life is managed and funded. A social care overhaul is in the offing, with the government due to give a progress report on last year’s […]

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Are you sold on gold?

Is gold still a worthwhile investment, or is its shine wearing off? Our amateur investor Tom McIntosh reports Gold has its own special allure. Brides, Bond villains and Olympic hopefuls all covet it. Spandau Ballet rhapsodised about it. Gordon Brown was less fond of it, but investors have remained steadfastly loyal. It is the metal […]

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A gift that is priceless

From pension pots to bonds, how can you give your grandchildren a head start? For growing numbers of British families, there’s no one quite like grandma (or grandpa) for help with everything from babysitting to household chores. Soaring childcare costs and long working hours mean that 7m grandparents now look after their grandchildren and help […]

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Putting your money where the house is

With interest rates down in the doldrums, buy-to-let investments are once again an attractive option for savvy savers looking to boost their retirement income For the investor approaching or enjoying retirement, deposit accounts with their paltry rates of return offer little interest (literally), while stock market volatility can make shares an equally unattractive bet for […]

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