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Rosie Murray-West

Rosie is an independent personal finance journalist who has been writing for top national newspapers since 1996.

  • Budget 2017 and what it means for you

    Many hoped for sweeping changes in this year’s Budget, whether it was a change to the pension system, a wholesale reform of stamp duty or a generous splash out for struggling families.

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  • Why interest rate changes affect your investments and wealth

    Low interest rates, in the UK anyway, have become a part of the fabric of life. But in November of this year, the Bank of England finally made a move upwards - a 0.25 percentage point increase in the base rate that puts interest rates at 0.5 per cent.

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  • How to reduce currency risk when investing

    Most investors have little desire to become currency traders. But as global trade has become the norm, even the returns on our domestic stocks and funds have become heavily influenced by the movement of the pound against foreign currencies.

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  • Trading in a volatile market

    Everyone who invests in the stock market has to deal with some measure of volatility: the fact that their investments will go up as well as down.

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  • How Can You Prepare Your Portfolio For a Rise in Interest Rates?

    Rising prices, frozen wages and rock bottom interest rates. The latest report from the Bank of England suggests that everyone is beginning to feel the pinch.

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  • How to invest for income using an ISA

    For many people, the ability to achieve a regular income from investments is important. This may be particularly relevant for people who are retired and no longer have a monthly pay packet to rely on and are looking to achieve financial freedom, while other people require their investment to pay out regularly to cover a regular commitment such as school or university fees.

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  • Investment Trusts Vs Mutual Funds

    While most funds on the market are what are known as open-end funds, or mutual funds, there is another option that has become exceptionally popular in recent years.

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  • Why diversification is an investor's best friend

    At its most basic, having a diversified portfolio is simply the investment version of the phrase ‘don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’.

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  • Active versus Passive Funds

    Both active and passive funds allow you to buy a basket of different investments in one single purchase. However, they do have one important difference.

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  • LISA or Pension, which is right for you?

    For younger people who want to save for their futures, there is now a new kid on the block.

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  • The three stages of retirement

    Planning for retirement can be daunting, whatever age you are, and it’s not just working out what you’re going to do with all of that newfound free time that’s an issue.

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  • Planning your financial future during retirement

    Making your money last through all of retirement can seem like a daunting task, but careful planning and understanding of retirement spending patterns can make it easier.

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  • How much research do I need before investing

    Before getting into the details of what information is available to research for certain types of investments, deciding exactly what type of investment is right for you should be the very first piece of research you do.

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  • How to structure a dividend focused portfolio

    Record low interest rates and increasing inflation being no good for cash savers is something most people will be familiar with hearing about, but if you’ve got cash, what should you do?

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  • Five ways to invest money in your spare time

    We all have those ‘dead’ times of day, when we are waiting for someone, carrying out a mundane task, or sitting on a train or bus.

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  • Six investment tips to keep your investment portfolio fresh

    Choosing to re-visit past investment decisions can feel like a bit of a mundane task and there is usually a natural anxiety about finding something undesirable in there.

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  • Five expert tips on how to improve your financial admin

    Getting your finances in shape can seem daunting, so it is tempting to stick your head in the sand.

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  • Seven tasks to improve your wealth forever

    A full overhaul of your finances can be daunting and many of us find it hard to make the time.

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  • What generation Z knows about money

    Some financial companies are already marketing to Generation Z, the children and teens who will make up the next wave of consumers.

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  • Investment Trusts explained

    Investment trusts are popular with private investors because they allow you to gain exposure to a large portfolio of investments, even if you have a relatively modest sum at your disposal.

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