Ten ways Osborne should fix our finances

Claer Barrett, FT Money, Editor.
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What the chancellor should focus on in his summer Budget

My one-stock Isa

For those who want a simple life, my strategy seems to work

Post-election nightmare of stealth taxes

Rather than coming clean about taxes, politicians are reduced to picking investors’ pockets

Insurance renewal — a tiresome game

Financial services firms play existing customers off against new ones — leaving us footing the bill

Emerging markets confusion

Some look cheap compared to developed peers, but the rise of the dollar is a threat

Why save for children?

Most Britons have insufficient pensions and savings. So why are they bothering with junior Isas?

Too much excitement for all concerned

Losses suffered by Swiss franc traders highlight need for limits on leverage

Less politics, more policy please

Would Labour do any better than Osborne’s Budget? I’m not optimistic

What will the Budget rabbit be this year?

Osborne may find the money for one last big gesture

No interest in raising rates

The ‘dismal science’ got it so wrong for so long

Annuities are part of solution

Mis-selling and low bond yields have skewed investors’ perceptions

Wages of sin outweigh ethics

Ethical investors helping amoral investors achieve better returns

Getting a back-door pay rise

Auto enrolment will boost the savings of the poorest in society

Get ready for tax rises

Politicians are not being very straight with us

Defining rights and wrongs

Investors are furious at the terms of the bank’s latest capital structure. Are they right to be?

Pledging allegiance to the US

US shares are expensive, but there are good reasons why

Should you rent out a pension?

Buy-to-let may not be the answer for retirement savers

The name is bond — retail bond

Better than many income-generating alternatives

New Year resolutions for money

Much to do for the industry in 2015

Fighting fires in pensions

Dispute over fire brigade pensions is a taste of things to come

ABOUT SERIOUS MONEY

Claer Barrett Claer Barrett is the personal finance editor of the Financial Times. She edits the weekend Money section, co-presents the FT Money Show podcast, and writes for the weekday newspaper and FT.com. She also represents the FT at external events, and regularly appears on TV and radio.

An experienced FT news editor, she has previously reported breaking online news, retail, consumer and property stories for the FT. She was previously an associate editor at Investors Chronicle, the FT-owned magazine and website for self-directed UK investors

Jonathan Eley, a previous FT Money editor, remains an regular contributor to the Serious Money column.

E-mail: claer.barrett@ft.com
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