Budgeting

10 Clever Ways Millennials Can Save Extra Money Every Month

These add up, fast.<p>Every college graduate knows the feeling: you're done with school and life is yours for the taking. The only problem is that you have to find a job (and hopefully one you enjoy), you may (or may not) have loans that you'll soon have to make payments on, your entirely responsible …

Money

Increase Your Cashflow Using 3 Smart Budgeting Tips

Living on a budget is a smart financial idea for several reasons. It helps manage debt, it ensures you live within your means and it helps increase your cash flow. Living paycheck to paycheck is OK if you want to get by day to day, month to month. Increasing your cash flow can help you live a more …

Personal Finance

3 Luxury Buyers on How to Really Make an Investment Purchase

Until recently, you'd have to pry my AmEx out of my cold, dead hands before I'd consider a purchase that wasn't sold at an outlet or shipped via Amazon Prime. But the fact is, once you buy that perfect, goes-with-everything-use-it-every-day black bag of your dreams, the desire to buy another bag …

Fashion

Five things to know about the Ontario budget

<b>5 things you need to know about Pharmacare</b><p>– Everyone 24 years of age and under qualifies, which amounts to roughly 4-million Ontarians.<br>– There will …

Ontario

De Blasio’s $6B construction plan balloons budget to record high

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday released an updated 10-year construction plan for the city that adds roughly $6 billion in new costs he described as …

New York City

Billions in health care, child care in deficit-free Ontario budget

TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal government is promising billions of new dollars for health care in its first balanced budget in a decade, a fiscal plan …

Health Care

Ontario’s balanced budget is laudable, but where’s the plan to tackle debt?

It needed lots of economic luck and a bit of budgeting trickery to make it happen, but Ontario’s government has eliminated its budget deficit as promised. And just in time for an election, too.<p>The next step should be to tackle its more than $300-billion in net debt – roughly equal to the debts of …

Canada

A New Way to Avoid Impulse Shopping

Impulse shopping. I walk into the store with a shopping list, but come out with things that were not on my list. Is there any hope? Maybe your cell …

Shopping

Windsor critics question how Ontario will pay for balanced budget

NDP and political scientist slam balanced budget, saying the plan lacks substance<p>Despite promises of high-speed rail for southern Ontario and a new …

Canada

Anchorage Assembly updates 2017 budget and sets tax rate

The Anchorage Assembly passed an updated budget with more spending Tuesday night and also raised property taxes in the city by 5.3 percent, in part …

Anchorage

Banks to compensate over 750,000 borrowers who missed mortgage payments

Over three quarters of a million mortgage customers who fell into arrears and were then unfairly charged twice are to receive compensation.<p>Last year, the City watchdog estimated 750,000 borrowers may have been overcharged after falling behind on their mortgage payments.<p>It has now told banks and …

Money

The UK city that paid the highest price for electing a Conservative MP has become a cautionary tale

New figures have revealed a sharp rise in food bank use in one of the largest cities in the UK. A place that elected a Tory MP in 2015. But despite …

Money

Speeding fines increase: majority of drivers unaware of changes

Almost 60 per cent of drivers are unaware of the stiffer fines for speeding that came into effect on Monday.<p>According to a poll of drivers in the UK, only 38 per cent of drivers above the age of 25 knew about the changes, while 44 per cent of drivers under the same age were aware of them. …

Money

'Controversial' digital tax returns delayed after being dropped from Finance Bill

Plans to force millions of businesses and self-employed people to file multiple tax returns each year have been shelved by the Government.<p>The policy, known as "Making Tax Digital" has been dropped from today's Finance Bill, which will be the last to be debated in the Commons before Parliament …

Taxes

May is stealing Ed Miliband’s clothes – but no one’s shouting ‘Red Theresa’

‘Red Ed’ was denounced in the Tory press for his energy price cap. But don’t expect the prime minister to be challenged – this is an uneven playing field<p>How long ago 2015 feels. So much has happened since the last general election, it would be easy to assume that the dynamics of that contest have …

Democracy

The jobs where career success means drinking at work

In some industries, drinking is simply standard practice for success. But that may be changing, writes Tim Smedley.<p>It’s lunchtime on a sunny Tuesday in Leadenhall Market, a bastion for office drinkers in the City, London’s financial district. Sure enough, there is already a smattering of drinkers …

Alcohol

After speeding fines are hiked, these charts show everything else you can be fined for

From taking your children on holiday to getting a ticking-off for supposedly "hogging" the middle lane of a motorway, there are lots of things you can be fined for in this day and age.<p>As of April 2017 the government has increased the amount of money that you can be fined for if you are caught …

Money

Automated phone calls to ADT landed me with an alarming bill

A defective alarm system I didn’t even have a contract for made 958 test calls in one month, costing me £97<p><b>I read a piece from you dating back to 2014 regarding regular ADT daily call costs arising from testing a domestic alarm system. I believe my problem might be bigger. In one month (mid-January</b> …

Money

Reality Check: Have we seen record numbers of jobs?

<b>The claim:</b> There is a record number of jobs in the UK.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> The number of jobs in the UK is indeed at a record level as are the numbers of people employed and the proportion of those aged between 16 and 64 who are in work.<p><b>Prime Minister Theresa May has been speaking to a</b> …

Money

Top pitfalls when you reach retirement and how to avoid them

For many of us, retirement conjures images of rest and relaxation, more time to travel and get things done around the house and in the garden.<p>But a …

Retirement

UK advertising market grew to record £21.4bn in 2016 as Google and Facebook took the lion’s share

UK advertising hit a record £21.4bn total in 2016 with Google and Facebook taking the lion’s share of the money.<p>According to the AA/WARC Expenditure …

Advertising

Brexit brain drain threatens UK universities, MPs warn

Commons education committee’s warning of an exodus of EU staff from UK universities is echoed by senior academics<p>The government is being urged to act swiftly to halt a post-Brexit brain drainwhich threatens the international competitiveness of the UK’s university sector.<p>A significant new report by …

Higher Education

Is Centrica’s chief executive right to claim the government “lacks faith” in the free market?

Vicky Pryce, board member at CEBR and a former joint head of the UK Government Economic Service, says Yes.<p>It is ironic that, having trashed Ed …

Democracy

Speed fines UK 2017: ticket cost, changes, calculator and everything you need to know

Punishments for extreme speeding are bigger than ever...<p>As of April 24, tougher penalties have come into place for speeding on UK roads. But don't …

United Kingdom

Public borrowing was greater than expected in March

The UK Government has hit its 2016-17 public borrowing target, but the deficit in March was greater than expected.<p>Borrowing for the full financial …

Money

Travel plans: 6 months until departure

<b>So, today it’s exactly 6 months</b> until we travel with our one way ticket, not knowing exactly when we’ll return to the UK. As you know, our plan is to …

Business Travel

If the Conservatives want to help consumers, they should encourage disloyalty not introduce barmy price caps

A friend of mine recently visited his GP to discuss some troublesome knee problems. He described how his GP prevaricated, skirting around the simple, if awkward, remedy that he needed to lose some weight. Thankfully my friend’s wife also happened to be a doctor, and one less sensitive about his …

Money

MM Lee used to scold Singaporeans ‘daft’ for complaining about HDB prices

In 2010, then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew warned Singaporeans not to cast a protest vote against the PAP over the affordability of HDB flats (<i>‘Don’t</i> …

Money

UK's Hammond hits budget deficit target, bigger tests ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond avoided a potentially embarrassing slip-up before June's parliamentary election as he hit his budget deficit target for the 2016/17 financial year, but his fiscal challenge is likely to get harder.<p>The shortfall in the public accounts fell …

Business (UK)

Housing raid finds up to 40 people crammed into 'dangerous' three-bedroom house

Authorities discovered a home littered with mattresses during a raid in Edgware.<p>Up to 40 people are believed to have been living in a three-bedroom …

Housing