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Mortgage lenders rake in an extra £10BN a year from borrowers who don’t switch to cheaper deals

Mortgages are boring, it’s buying the house that’s the exciting bit. So when it comes to remortgaging, it’s not always top of our wish-list. Research published by online mortgage broker Trussle has found that homeowners who let their mortgage rate lapse at the end of their deal are forking out thousands of pounds extra a year […]

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Could you help your child build a healthy investment pot?

We meet the parents investing with their kids and helping educate them financially. Financial education officially became part of the school National Curriculum in 2014, but many experts say that money lessons begin at home. Parents who talk to their children about saving and investing are more likely to help their kids get into good […]

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In The Garden This Week-Watering Tip

Going away? Make arrangements now for someone to water in your absence. If that doesn’t work out, group containers on large trays full of water or install a timed irrigation system.  Hozelock has an affordable system that will cater for 20 pots (£45; hozelock.com).

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In This Garden This Week-Lawn Tip

To Stop the lawn drying out, don’t mow it too closely. Equally, don’t fret too much if you get brown patches; it will recover as soon as it gets more moisture.  

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Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

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Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider’s Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users’ smart appliances. A child’s toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the vulnerable devices. Virgin Media said the risk was small […]

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Eight ways to spot a friend or family member is in debt

Several million people – up to 10% of the population – are reluctant to admit that they are having debt problems, according to the Money Advice Service. As a result it is calling on friends and family members to do more to spot the tell-tale signs of money issues. These include secretive behaviour, or a […]

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Forward thinking here in the Chorlton office..

Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart. Contact Eddie and his team here in Chorlton on 0161 882 2233 to start your journey… ‘Passionate about keeping our promises’.

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Coffee under threat. Will it taste worse as the planet warms?

Coffee drinkers could face poorer-tasting, higher-priced brews, as a warming climate causes the amount of land suitable for coffee production to shrink, say scientists from London’s Kew Gardens. Coffee production in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the high quality Arabica coffee bean and Africa’s largest exporter, could be in serious jeopardy over the next century unless […]

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Sales still strong, but prices fall in June for first time since 2009

The number of sales agreed at this time of year is the second highest for ten years, only slightly lower than the high of May 2014 However, spring price momentum stalls as price of property coming to market drops by 0.4% (-£1,172), the first fall in June since 2009 at the height of the credit […]