House prices UK: February chill on house prices | Property | Life & Style

Average annual house price growth is still in positive territory – just – at 2.2 per cent although the Nationwide suggests that the reason for the reversal of fortunes in house prices on a monthly basis is due to weakening consumer confidence due to a squeeze on household incomes, and comes off the back of warnings of further interest rate rises in 2018 in order for the Bank of England to keep track of inflation.  Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said: “The slowdown is consistent with…

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Saint Lucia hotels: Where to stay, what to do during Rum and Food Festival | Beach Holidays | Travel

FOOD AND RUM Saint Lucia is hailed as one of the most beautiful Caribbean Islands The mountainous Island is covered in a blanket of thick, lush rainforest and the volcanic cones of the Pitons provide one of the most breathtaking sights in the whole of the Caribbean. So it really is no wonder that, despite Hurricane Irma tearing through the Caribbean last year, St Lucia is still one of the most popular holiday resorts amongst Britons. Known for its romantic red sunsets and luxurious white sand beaches, the Island boasts…

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14 Chinatown Seniors With More Swag Than Anyone You Know

For the coolest style, look no farther than your local Chinatown. On their Instagram account Chinatown Pretty, Valerie Luu and Andria Lo showcase the bold looks of seniors in Chinatowns across the U.S. (but mostly in their hometown of San Francisco). Oftentimes, the seniors are just on their way to the grocery store, but that doesn’t stop them from dressing to the nines.  Take, for instance, Buck Chew, a 96-year-old with a collection of impeccably tailored suits and more than 40 ties. (He has an equally cute “wife-fu” who’s been profiled on the site, too.) Then there’s Angie…

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Savings: What can investment companies do for a stocks and shares ISA? | Personal Finance | Finance

GETTY – STOCK Investment companies can be a helpful tool for investors at all stages But savers have different needs depending at their stage of life and choosing among the 300 companies can require an expert helping hand.  Trade body the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has rounded up some recommendations from financial advisers for millennials, middle years and the retired. Millennials – just starting out Dennis Hall, chief executive of Chartered Financial Planner at Yellowtail Financial Planning: “Investors in their twenties and early thirties have time on their side and…

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Good news! Supermarket beer almost 200 PER CENT more affordable than 30 years ago | Food | Life & Style

Beer’s affordability has risen by 22 per cent since 2012 while the affordability of wine and spirits has increased by 14 per cent over the same period, the study found. The IAS study is the first to compare affordability in the off-trade – supermarkets and off-licences – with on-trade prices, using data up to 2016. Using an affordability index adjusting prices for inflation and income growth, the IAS report suggests that increases in affordability since 2012 could be attributed to alcohol tax cuts. However, these appeared to have done little…

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Virgin Media and BT broadband rival offers faster speeds or your money back | Tech | Life & Style

Virgin Media and BT broadband are getting some new competition from Vodafone. The mobile network has just announced a service which will offer customers a minimum guaranteed speed. If the broadband supplier can’t keep its promise it says customers will get an instant refund of 15 per cent off their monthly bill. Vodafone’s says its Superfast 1 package will guarantee a minimum speed of 25Mbps and its Superfast 2 package we will guarantee a minimum speed of 55Mbps. Speaking about the new service, Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, said: “Whether…

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