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Yes, there's still a stigma to shopping at Iceland

The £2million kitchen we're gathered in, said to be the most expensive in Wales, is the height of tasteful contemporary design.<p>Exposed brickwork? …

UK housing market: what to expect in 2017

Round-up of the state of the property market in 2016 and the outlook for the year ahead<p>There have been two significant influences on the housing market in 2016: stamp duty and the EU referendum result.<p>Stamp duty changes introduced two years ago had already started to have an impact at the top of …

The best 7 tricks for sleeping on planes

People have different priorities when they fly. When you're flying solo, and don't have a companion at 30,000 feet, sometimes sleep is the best activity.<p>But getting rest in the sky can be difficult with increasinly cramped seats, not to mention unruly seatmates.<p>If you don’t want to spend the two …

Apple Publishes Its First Artificial Intelligence Paper

Earlier this month, Apple made a splash when it told the artificial intelligence research community that the secretive company would start publishing AI papers of its own. Not even a month later, it’s already starting to make good on that promise.<p>Apple has published its very first AI paper on …

Artificial Intelligence

China to rein in foreign investment as domestic growth stalls

Government to make it easier for firms abroad to invest in China and tougher for Chinese companies to buy assets overseas to contain capital outflow<p>Beijing has signalled plans to curb Chinese firms’ investment in foreign assets, after revealing that companies from China are on course to spend 1.12 …

The Average Credit Card Limit in America, by Credit Score

Image source: Getty Images.<p>It's probably an out of sight, out of mind thought for most Americans, but credit scores can play an important role in numerous aspects of day-to-day life.<p>Your credit score, sometimes referred to as your FICO score, is normally associated with your ability to get a …

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Dozens of UK banks and financial firms 'looking at moving to Ireland'

Head of agency tasked with attracting foreign investment to Ireland says City corporations are interested in relocating<p>Banks and financial institutions make up the overwhelming majority of more than 100 companies inquiring about relocating to Ireland after Brexit, the head of the agency tasked with …

Mortgage-Rate Climb May Signal Homebuying Collapse

In 2013, home sales spiked along with mortgage rates as homebuyers rushed to lock in rates before they headed even higher. One month later, they …

Property predictions: what does 2017 have in store for the housing market?

It has been a challenging year, from the seemingly unprecedented number of celebrity deaths to the shock results of major political voting events – and it hasn’t been much smoother for the property market.<p>In April, the stamp duty threshold for buyers of second homes or buy-to-let properties was …

Housing

Beijing to take more steps to cool residential property market: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing, one of China’s hottest residential real estate markets, will step up property controls to keep home prices stable next year, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.<p>The sun sets above residential buildings on a hazy day in Beijing, September 20, 2014. …

China

The rise of 'proptech': how the fall of the traditional estate agent has opened the door to upstarts

Traditional property companies are under attack from many fronts: transactions in November were 7.3pc lower than a year ago. Political headwinds and greater tax burdens mean the market is slowing; policies, such as the ban on tenants paying letting fees, threaten to eat away at revenues; and now, …

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News HuffPost<p>Pub gets nasty note over charity event<p>Publican in Essex sent threatening letter after hosting a fundraiser for a woman suffering breast …

UK shoppers spend more than ever on contactless cards

In London almost half of payments under £30 are contactless, with Manchester and other cities also seeing big increases<p>The amount spent by shoppers using contactless cards and devices soared by 164% last year, in another record-breaking year for increasingly popular “touch and go” payments.<p>Half of …

Crown Estate gives green light to £100m West End scheme after Brexit pause

The Crown Estate has pushed the button on plans to build a £100m office and retail block in London’s West End, having put the scheme on hold in the wake of the referendum on EU membership in June.<p>The company, which manages the Queen’s property holdings, has appointed Skanska to build the Duke’s …

£70bn of City firms sold in 180 days thanks to fall in the pound

Two more British companies look likely to fall into foreign hands – taking the total offered for UK businesses by overseas predators to around …

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Interest rates edging up to a top 1.4% with Swedish-owned Ikano Bank and UK-based Atom Bank

Aldermore Bank has increased the rate on its one-year fixed-rate cash Isa to 1 per cent, following the launch of Virgin Money's deal at 1 per cent …

Finance

Top Isa shares to pop in children's stockings

While the latest must-have gadget or toy might top their present list, Christmas is a great time to get children and grandchildren interested in …

Finance

New Aim-listed companies raised an average of £30m each this year

New companies that floated on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim market raised an average of £30m this year, as the index celebrated its 21st birthday.<p>The latest figures revealed that the 38 companies that floated this year, including Hotel Chocolat and Joules, were worth an average of 39pc more than …

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Existing U.S. home sales reach highest since February 2007

Americans bought homes in November in the fastest pace in nearly a decade, despite a deepening shortage of houses for sale.<p>The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.61 million. That was up …

Female doctors have healthier patients, study suggests

When a patient goes to the best hospital, he or she usually hopes for a doctor who is knowledgeable and experienced. Something else to wish for? A woman physician.<p>That's because female doctors may on average be better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital and keeping …

After years of steadily rising house prices, the Brexit vote has made many buyers reluctant to invest in the London market, wondering if the bubble's about to burst. As a result, some

Thousands of households set to see energy bills rocket by up to 40%

Price comparison site, gocompare.com , found that 35 fixed dual energy tariffs - including deals from Npower, Scottish Power and Sainsbury’s Energy - …

Tariffs

Value of UK housing stock has risen by 7% to £8.17tn, study finds

The total value of Britain’s 28.9m homes has risen by more than 7% in 2016 to reach a total of £8.17tn, according to new research.<p>This means the average property has gone up in value by £56.57 a day, according to property website Zoopla, which named the Norfolk market town of Diss as “the year’s …

Lloyds snaps up credit card firm MBNA in £1.9bn deal

State-rescued Lloyds is set to buy credit card firm MBNA from Bank of America as part of a £1.9billion deal.<p>The banking giant said MBNA, which is …

Investing

Low rates mean 10-year wait for enough interest to pay for a Christmas turkey

High street banks are paying all-time low rates of just 0.51 per cent on the average one-year fixed account, according to research from peer-to-peer …

Finance