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Check your online investment money went into shares not cash

The real killer with investing is figuring out how to do it. The admin! Even as an investment nerd I’m regularly scratching my head over which website to use to get my money in the market. These days, if you want to invest, you’ll end up using a so-called platform online. These are a wonderful innov...
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Hurry! Deadline for kids’ #saving is approaching fast

It’s time to pass the hat around relatives and godparents to top up (or start) a Junior Isa for your kids as the end of the tax year looms. This year you can put away up to £4,128 in a Junior Isa or Jisa. This is a saving scheme which shelters the returns on the cash from tax. But you must do it by ...
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New year, new savings resolution

The best resolutions are the ones you can keep beyond this month. In this house we’ve settled for junior making his bed every day and promising to try a new food once a week. I’ve gone for money saving ones, of course. That means planning meals, trying not to use the tumble dryer too much and cuttin...
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How to blow your investments on a great party

What would you want to do for your 50th birthday? It’s a real milestone this one, a half-century. Terrifying, because it means you’re officially old, but also a real achievement in getting this far. A celebration is definitely called for. If money was no object, I’d fill a private jet with my pals a...
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Will investing with Woodford funds double your money?

Meet Neil Woodford. He has the Midas touch. Quite literally. He’s possibly the most famous fund manager in the UK right now – and he’s got a proposition for you. How does 5% interest on your money sound? The new CF Woodford Income Focus fund looks tasty indeed. Don’t be put off by the grand name – t...
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Put your eggs in baskets not pancakes before end of tax year

It’s Shrove Tuesday! Team Minted will be powering through the egg stores after school in a batter frenzy which the children will end up sticking to the ceiling rather than their plates. Great messy fun but really I should keep back those lovely organic six-packs for a decent cake or (if I could do i...
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How (not) to get children interested in shares

As part of the countdown to Christmas, the winner of Team Minted’s annual share-picking competition can now be announced. Bearing in mind all my accumulated knowledge gained through years of writing about investing, the results were utterly predictable: I came last. The idea was to pick three s...
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