The complete low-down on ISAs

Taxes…who actually likes paying taxes? Nobody. We all know they’re important, but no one actually likes to see hundreds of pounds going into the government’s coffers. Well, today we will give you a crash course in one of the best ways to keep the taxman’s hands off your hard-earned pennies: the humble ISA. As ever, let’s start with the basics. The term ISA stands for ‘individual savings account’. It allows you to save or invest a set amount of money every tax year.

Pensions are a great way to pass money on to your loved ones while paying minimal tax

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'The plot alone cost £7,000': How to prepare for when a parent passes

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How to relax and learn to love sustainable investing

Sustainable investing, SRI, ESG, green funds… the jargon used to describe the concept of investing using ethical and sustainability considerations continues to grow, and with it so does the confusion around the topic. Experts themselves often struggle to provide clear definitions and terms are used interchangeably, making this area a minefield for investors. Lee Qian, one of the managers of the £45m Baillie Gifford Positive Change fund, said: “The whole area is full of jargon. Different people

Saving cash as a digital nomad: Financial lives less ordinary

Like an increasing number of millennials, I recently quit my job, swapped my flat for a van and left the UK to travel around Europe, eventually becoming a so-called digital nomad. My partner and I thought we would only be able to afford this for a year at most. But two years down the line, we are still on the road. Having spent seven years working in London as a financial journalist, I was lucky to be able to take my job freelance and work from anywhere. But the more we travel, the more I learn

Top 5 ethical stocks & shares ISAs

One of the best and easiest ways to invest your money in accordance with your principles is by opening a Stocks & Shares ISA. An ISA is an Individual Savings Account which allows you to put up to £20,000 into savings every year tax-free. A Stocks & Shares ISA lets you invest this money in active or passive funds, investment trusts, as well as individual bonds and stocks. The tax-free wrapper means you don’t pay any capital gains tax on the money you make from your investments. To open an ISA, y

Freelance life during coronavirus: Financial lives less ordinary

For the last few years Martina has been living the freelance life dream, running a successful online translation business remotely while traveling the world and spending lots of time outdoors. Then the coronavirus reared its ugly head. Like other freelancers around the world, Martina is now worried about her prospects as the Covid-19 crisis worsens. With the company registered in Italy, one of the worst-hit countries so far, she is entitled to a meagre €600 one-off handout from the government t