When married couples decide to split up, there are options over how they can divide what is typically their main asset

"The family home has a special place in any family and in many cases it is the major family asset," says solicitor advocate Ursula Rice. So it's little wonder that when a family breaks down, property will be central to a divorce...

With the rise of price comparison websites, 15 minutes of work online will yield quotes from hundreds of insurers

Every year when your home insurance renewal arrives it's tempting to do nothing and let it renew automatically. But don't. By spending a few minutes online or on the phone you could easily save yourself enough to pay for a decent...

CENTRAL bankers are supposed to be obscure while in office and demure upon their retirement. But V.K. Sharma, a former executive director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), marked his recent departure by giving an almighty kicking to India’s over-the-counter interest-rate derivatives market. In a speech at the end of 2012 he called it disturbing,

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With house prices high and wage inflation low, parents are increasingly helping their offspring on to the property ladder

The mortgage market may have defrosted slightly in recent months, but it is still tough to get a loan without a hefty deposit. House prices are still high, wage inflation is low and rents are at record levels. It's a perfect...

If you unexpectedly lose your income and have mortgage payment protection insurance, it should cover your repayments

If you're made redundant, suffer a serious illness or are forced to give up work, managing the loss of income is going to be hard. But if you were one of the millions who were persuaded to buy an income protection policy, there maybe...

ONLY one thing is worse than the financial industry dangling inappropriate products in front of poor customers, and that is not providing them with financial services at all. In December the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a survey that found roughly one in 12 American households, or some 17m adults, are “unbanked”, meaning th

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It's not easy to sell your house for the best price, but handling estate agents and buyers with care will speed the process along

Housing markets are a law unto themselves – just see how often so-called experts make wrong forecasts about whether values are rising or falling. But there are many practical tips that vendors can use to try to secure a q...

Building a big deposit, paying off current debts and tidying up your credit record will get you closer to securing a deal

Unless you are very lucky, buying a property will involve taking out a mortgage – and that's not as easy as it once was. Before the housing market took a tumble, home loans were readily available to all kinds of borrowers, from t...

ON FEBRUARY 19th Europe’s emissions-trading system (ETS) faces a potentially fatal vote. It could not only determine whether the world’s biggest carbon-trading market survives but delay the emergence of a worldwide market, damage Europe’s environmental policies across the board and affect the prospects for a future treaty to limit greenhouse-gas em

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