What does the snap election mean for your finances?

As the nation braces itself for the snap general election, many will be wondering what impact the campaign will have on their finances. Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid for a huge Tory majority has already given sterling a major boost, while sinking the benchmark FTSE 100 index. The housing market could also wobble if buyers delay their purchases until after polling day on June 8. The next few weeks will see politicians making plenty of financial promises in a bid to buy votes, with many aimed squarely at pensioners. Should you be voting with your pocket? Holiday fun There was instant good news for holidaymakers as the pound soared to a six-month high against the euro, US dollar and other ma

Interest rates – trapped by history

March marked the 8th anniversary of the base rate in Britain at 0.5% or below. Generation Y could be forgiven for thinking interest rates never move, while those of an older persuasion will remember when rates could jump as much as 3% in a single day with very little warning. The latter have been trapped by history and maintained their view that a base rate of 0.5% is an aberration and would soon rise – and have been wrong for eight years. Meanwhile, the former are in danger of nurturing a complacent belief that rates will remain low indefinitely. It is remarkably easy to become trapped by your own investment history. This is why a significant proportion of the older generation put their sav

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