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  • Let’s talk: how to talk about money

    Talking money with your family can be a tricky topic, particularly when it’s about big issues like your end-of-life financial matters, but it doesn't need to be as hard as you think.
  • What is an Investment Bond?

    Find out all you need to know about investment bonds with this useful guide from Foresters Friendly Society. Includes how to buy and tax information.
  • ISAs – What are they and how do ISAs work?

    An ISA, or Individual Savings Account, is a savings account that you never pay any tax on. It does come with one restriction, which is the amount of money you can save or invest in an ISA in a single tax year – also known as your annual ISA allowance.
  • What kind of ISA is right for you?

    Like standard savings accounts, there are several types of ISAs on the market today. This guide takes a closer look at the different types along with the questions to consider when choosing the right ISA for you.
  • How to keep your resolutions going

    It’s often all too easy to find a reason for ditching something that feels like hard work. But all is not lost – we speak to the experts about their tips and tricks for staying on track with your New Year resolutions.
  • Savings basics: How Working Out a Budget can Help you Save

    Saving more money is one of our top five New Year's resolutions (tussling with diet and fitness-related promises hold the number one spot).
  • Don’t be a piggy bank raider

    Almost half of us dip into our savings. Find out how to resist temptation and carry on saving for the things that matter…
  • Big Banks v Friendly Societies – who’s taking care of your money?

    Want an alternative home for your savings? Why not consider saving with a friendly society?
  • How much can I save in an ISA? And other essential ISA rules

    Interested in ISAs as a way to save money? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions…
  • Cash ISAs v Stocks & Shares ISAs – What’s the best for me?

    It’s a tough time to try and get a decent return on your savings – and that’s why Stocks and Shares ISAs deserve some serious consideration.
  • Cash ISAs? Stocks and Shares ISAs? Where do you start?

    Why opening an Individual Savings Account (ISA) could help your savings keep up with the cost of living.
  • How to stop burying your head in the sand and start saving

    A recent survey by Confused.com showed that nearly two in three of us ignore issues that worry us, so that we can avoid facing up to them. But why do we want to avoid them – and how do we stop it?
  • 7 Reasons a Friendly Society could be the Place for Your Savings

    The Budget brought plenty of good news for taxpayers, savers and pensioners with changes to ISAs, pensions, tax and children's savings allowances.
  • Spot the difference: Financial Planner or Financial Adviser?

    Did you know that Financial Planners are not the same as Financial Advisers? If you're looking for professional help to get your finances in order, it's a good idea to be clear about what you want from it.
  • Simple Savings Tips to Make You Happier

    Saving money makes you happier – it’s a scientific fact, but do you find it difficult to put those extra pennies aside every month? We’ve got the solution.
  • Taking Stock – The Pros and Cons of Investing in Shares

    The pros and cons of investing directly in shares - and why funds may provide a comfortable alternative.
  • 7 tips to make you inheritance tax-smart

    We're set to pay more than half a billion pounds of inheritance tax completely unnecessarily, according to research by professional advice firm unbiased.co.uk.
  • 5 things you need to know about good financial advice

    The Budget brought plenty of good news for taxpayers, savers and pensioners with changes to ISAs, pensions, tax and children's savings allowances.
  • Tax-free savings don’t end with ISAs when you’re with a friendly society

    We may frown upon the celebrities, business tycoons and giant corporations exposed as tax dodgers, but the fact is that no one wants to pay more tax than they have to.