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The three things we’re doing to try to beat inflation

Rampant inflation is showing no sign of abatement. In fact, the Bank of England recently raised its forecast for consumer prices index inflation from a 10pc peak to an 11pc high by the end of the year. In Questor’s view the Bank’s ability to forecast inflation is questionable. It has continually been behind the inflation …

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Stealth tax raid forces two million people into higher bands

Nearly two million workers have now been dragged into the higher rate income tax bracket since the Conservatives won the election. The number of workers paying 40pc or 45pc tax has soared from 4.25 million to more than 6.1 million today, HM Revenue & Customs figures show. It comes after the Treasury enforced a five-year …

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How to reverse unfair parking ends: Over half of appeals succeed

More motorists need to hold their nerve and appeal unfair parking charges. Money Mail analysis shows that few people contest their parking tickets. Yet they have more than a 50 per cent chance of success if they do. Keeping up the fight is more important than ever since the Government temporarily withdrew vital new rules …

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Where do income seekers invest as markets and inflation run wild?

Income-seeking investors had just started to see dividends recover following the pandemic, but now face a fresh crisis as inflation takes hold and markets turn red. If, as is feared, a recession is next the situation will worsen as company profits flounder and some firms could go bust. Experts give their take on strategies income …

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The companies offering the highest salaries in the UK

Tech vs Finance Young people at the start of their careers focused on making a six-figure salary may find themselves torn between finance and the technology sectors. These were almost neck-and-neck in Glassdoor’s data: while seven of the top 20 firms for average base salaries were in financial services, nine were tech firms. The tech …

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‘My cleaner stole my grandma’s jewelery and stuffed designer make-up down her socks’

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our Consumer Champion is available to help. For how to contact her click here. Dear Katie, One day in April I returned home from work just before lunchtime as I had a flight to catch that afternoon. My new cleaner, whom I had hired from online tradesman finder Taskrabbit, …

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We reveal real bargains in discount stores – and those to avoid

As the cost of groceries soars, households are looking to cut costs anywhere they can. Annual shopping bills are predicted to rise by £380 this year – an increase that millions of households will struggle to absorb. The discounters – the likes of Poundland, Poundstretcher, B&M, Home Bargains, Iceland, OneBelow, Savers, Aldi and Lidl – …

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Freeze on tax-free mileage means drivers will soon have to pay to work

Mileage Allowance Payments cover vehicle expenses such as fuel, vehicle maintenance, depreciation, insurance and road tax. But the cost of fueling a car alone now nearly covers the entire mileage rate. An Audi S8 fuel cost is 40p a mile before other costs are considered., while a Land Rover Discovery costs 33p a mile and …

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‘More than half of our income rises in line with inflation’

Infrastructure investment trusts have been a bright spot during an otherwise challenging 2022. These funds buy infrastructure assets – such as hospitals and schools – and benefit from predictable and inflation-proofed rental income over long periods of time. These characteristics have proven invaluable at a time when prices have soared, stock markets have failed and …

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Huge tax bills for first-time buyers as house prices soar

More than a quarter of first-time buyers now pay stamp duty after house prices soared while tax thresholds stayed frozen. The surge in property prices has dragged thousands of buyers into higher tax brackets, and nearly tripled the number of first-time buyers paying stamp duty, new analysis shows. House prices in England have soared by …

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