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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

You probably didn't expect your week to start this way: Microsoft has acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The company plans to integrate the career-oriented social network into many of its apps and services, including Office, Skype and Cortana. You'd get the details of the person you're meeting …

Releasing the cash from your home: The facts not the fiction

Equity release is soaring in popularity, with a staggering £670m of housing wealth withdrawn in quarter four of 2016*. Equity release has evolved and changed significantly in recent years, new providers have entered the market increasing the range of products available.<p>So, if you are considering …

40 incredible campsites that will convert you to canvas

In 10 short years, glamping has experienced a meteoric and metamorphic rise. Since “posh” camping first reached the wider public consciousness with reports of floral-wellied celebrities enjoying high-end tipis at Glastonbury, it has steadily become a mainstream favourite across the UK and beyond. …

Planning For Your Retirement: Understanding Annuities

<i>An annuity can be a very smart retirement investment for many people. That's not just because an annuity can provide a secure revenue stream — a monthly check — for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live. On top of that, the longer you live, the more you get what's called a "mortality</i> …

Do we have room for one more task-management app? Apparently, WeDo

There are dozens of task-management and to-do apps in the market today, with some like Any.do, Wunderlist (now owned by Microsoft) and Todoist already used by tens of millions of people to organise their lives and coordinate that with people they know. Now, make way for a new one called WeDo, whose …

HSBC is set to face fearsome US probe over Panama link

Two crusading US senators are urging an American crackdown on HSBC and other banks at the heart of the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal.<p>Senate …

Corruption

George Osborne Threatens To Blacklist Countries Who Don't Comply On Tax In Wake Of Panama Papers Leak

'The world is getting a much colder place for the hotspots of international tax evasion.'<p>Countries that refuse to "play by the rules" on tax …

Fallout From Panama Papers Echoes Around The World

<b>Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET</b><p>One law firm, 11.5 million files.<p>The massive trove of emails, contracts and other papers from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is being called the largest document leak in history.<p>For more than a year, a huge team of international investigative journalists sifted through …

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

Disclosures show how havens such as British Virgin Islands hide links between big business and relatives of top politicians<p>The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are revealed in the Panama Papers.<p>The documents show the granddaughter of a …

David Cameron left dangerously exposed by Panama Papers fallout

PM gives only partial answers over father’s fund as revelations reverberate globally, forcing his Icelandic counterpart to resign<p>David Cameron was left dangerously exposed on Tuesday after repeatedly failing to provide a clear and full account about links to an offshore fund set up by his late …

4 Simple Steps to Minimize Stress—and Maximize...

<i>We all face those big careers choices or difficult professional situations that call for some outside advice. For us, Robin DeMarco of Coached by</i> …

Productivity

Diesel and unleaded prices climb for first time since July 2015

The cost of filling up at petrol stations across Britain rose substantially in the last month thanks to higher oil prices, the latest fuel report …

Barclays shares hit a four-year low

The bank said it ‘does not expect as strong a performance from its investment banking operations’ in the first quarter of this year as last year.

Analysts fear for Goldman Sachs again

Three months after predicting Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would put the tumultuous end of 2015 behind it and stabilize profits, analysts are reversing course and cutting projections. Again.<p>Twenty-two analysts have lopped 94 cents (U.S.) off the average estimate for Goldman Sachs's adjusted earnings …

4 Ways the Most Productive Parents on Earth Get Sh*t Done

For those who want to pass a billion-dollar startup down.<p>You may know Charles Duhigg as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for <i>The New York Times.</i> Or as the guy who taught you to actually change your habits with <i>The Power of Habit</i>. But in his new book, <i>Smarter, Faster, Better</i>, Duhigg spoke with everyone …

Six arrested after low-caste boys stripped, beaten in India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six men were arrested in the Indian state of Rajasthan after media reports and a video emerged of three lower-caste boys being stripped naked and beaten by villagers for allegedly stealing a motorbike.<p>In a video on the NDTV news channel, the teenaged boys are …

India

Obama praises Treasury steps to deter 'tax inversions'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday championed new federal steps to discourage corporate tax dodging through a practice known as …

Prime Now same-day deliveries will reportedly integrate with Amazon.com in May

Amazon will soon start treating its Prime Now same-day delivery service like a core part of its business. The company will bring Prime Now to Amazon.com this May, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. That marks a major change from the current setup for the delivery service, which is only available via a …

Taxes aren't only factor in Roth IRA conversion decision

<b>Q: My husband and I are thinking about converting our traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. We are both retired (he will be 65 and I'll be 67) and receive pensions. We haven’t applied for Social Security yet; we haven’t had a need for it yet. I'm leaning toward starting collecting Social Security soon to</b> …

Top 10 Cheat Sheets to Help You Master Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is still the most popular office suite used by companies and individuals across the world. These Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and …

Software

14 books that will change the way you think about money

A lot of what holds people back from financial success are their thoughts and beliefs about money — not their job title or salary.<p>It turns out, you're probably already making enough money to become rich, as David Bach preaches in "The Automatic Millionaire"; and you <i>can</i> splurge on a $4 mocha and …

British workers' 'alarming' ignorance over new state pension

The findings come a day after acccounting watchdogs accused the Government of leaving people in the dark about key state pension changes .

10 Smart Ways to Make Money Fast

Be smart by staying away from places that ask you to pay money to make money.<p>Do an internet search for ways to earn legitimate cash fast, and you'll be faced with a dizzying list of hundreds of options. When you need money fast, you don't have time to wait for a second job's paycheck or to start a …

Personal Finance

Small but Charming Luxury Hotels Around the World

“If you want storybook Paris on the left bank of the Seine, the Esprit St. Germain captures Paris as it was before Starbucks and H&M showed up on the …

Luxury Lifestyle