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Investment ISAs: Act now or lose your £20,000 allowance

There’s a wealth of financial products out there – here’s how to choose the right ISAInvestors have under three weeks left to exploit this tax year’s £20,000 tax-free Isa allowance. Most opt...

A new Isa is offering tax-free returns of 12% – so what’s the catch?

The ‘innovative finance’ Isa is being hailed by some as the answer to years of miserable interest rates. We look at who’s offering them and how they workIt’s the new type of...

Eight in 10 Britons rely on cash for everyday payments, report finds

Study says 97% of population carry coins or notes after report warned of cash’s demiseCash is still king across large parts of the UK economy, with more than 80% of people in Britain...

Provident Financial needs to gets its skates on if it’s to save itself

An unwelcome bid from its former boss’s upstart rival could be short, sharp and painfulIn the unlovely world of subprime lending – a place of high interest rates for credit-impaired borrowers –...

Investors urge HSBC to stop bankrolling coal-burning projects

Bank urged to close loopholes allowing it to lend to projects in countries until 2023A group of powerful HSBC shareholders have written to the bank’s CEO, John Flint, urging him to close a loophole in...

Trump’s tariff war pushes US trade deficit to 10-year high

Trade imbalance rose to $621bn in 2018 despite new tariffsDeficit jumped 19% in December aloneThe US trade deficit hit a 10-year high in December, dealing a blow to Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict...

No-deal Brexit would plunge UK economy into recession – OECD

Annual growth will fall below 1% for first time in decade even with a deal, says thinktankA no-deal Brexit would plunge the UK economy into recession and annual growth will slip below 1% this year...

Goldman Sachs relaxes dress code for ‘more casual environment’

Wall Street bank makes firm-wide decision because of ‘changing nature of workplaces’Goldman Sachs has relaxed its dress code, allowing its bankers to swap their bespoke suits for a more casual look.

UK cash system ‘on the verge of collapse’, report finds

Review predicts cash could fall to just 10% of all payments in the next 15 yearsMore than 8 million UK adults would struggle to cope in a cashless society, according to a major...

The IMF is certainly no ally of women

Emma Burgisser is sceptical of Christine Lagarde’s claims to have embraced women’s empowerment As head of the most powerful influencer on economic policymakers around the world, Christine Lagarde’s claims to have embraced women’s empowerment must...

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