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Landlords appear to be snapping up buy-to-let properties once again with lettings agency Hamptons reporting that in the first quarter of this year, 13.9% of homes sold across Great Britain were to landlords - the highest proportion since 2016. So is it still worth becoming a buy-to-let landlord? Amazingly, perhaps, the answer according to many experts is 'yes'.

Inflation is up again with CPI now measured at 10.1%, the highest since February 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

It is common to think that financial planning is just for later in life, but this isn't the case. The current economic turbulence is an all-too-real reminder of the importance of preparing for the future, whatever your circumstances. Financial planning experts we have spoken to emphasise that it is never too early to start financial planning. And the good news is you may already be doing it.

Campaigners say the leasehold system is currently rigged too much in favour of freeholders, who can take possession of a flat if the owner is in breach of their lease.

The world's most known digital currency was down almost 9% to just over $21,400 on Friday afternoon, its lowest level since July 27, according to data by Coindesk.

Each Friday, we round-up five tips worth noting that can go a little way to helping you save money, or make money in the midst of sky-high inflation and rocketing bills.





The FTSE 100 is up 0.3 per cent in late afternoon trading. Among UK companies with reports and updates are Joules, Kingspan and Kinovo. British shoppers bought more than expected last month, partly due to online sales promotions, after recent weakness in the face of the highest inflation in more than 40 years, official figures show.

Revolution Beauty shares jumped this week after Boohoo took a 7.1% stake in the company, but GYG sank a further 33% as it bid bon voyage to the public markets.

Jake Freeman, a 20-year-old mathematics and economics student, bought 5m shares in American homeware retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond in July.

The ONS said the downward trend in consumer spending is continuing, as people cut back amid rising prices, with volumes down 1.2 per cent in the quarter.

Joules has issued another profit warning and told investors it will have to ask its lenders for a waiver on the conditions for some of its debt agreements as sales tumbled further.

Firms selling unauthorised products, must still comply with FCA advertising ruels unless an exemption applies - meaning their promotions must be clear, fair and not misleading.

Today sees many students with a fizz of anticipation and anxiousness as they open their results. Some will be off to university. Official statistics suggest the average student starting now will graduate with £45,800 of debt, including student loans. For that reason, I started investing a monthly amount for daughter weeks after she was born.

For the last few years my wife and I have been on a mission to visit every city in Ireland. The last trip on our itinerary was to Cork in March 2020, but this was cancelled due to Covid. I took a voucher for the flights, which cost £303, from Aer Lingus so I could rebook when travel was allowed again. But in the meantime, the airline has cancelled its route from Manchester, where I live, to Cork. I'm unlikely to travel anywhere else before the voucher expires, and I'd prefer to have the money back so I can go to Cork with another airline. But Aer Lingus says that as I originally accepted a voucher, I can't now get a refund. I appealed this decision, but it was turned down.

Texas-based hypercar maker Hennessey has created the most expensive hair dryer on the planet. It has unveiled its Venom F5 Roadster, a convertible two-seater that will cost £2.5million ($3million) a piece and be capable of speeds in excess of 300mph. Not only is it set to become the fastest roadster on the planet, it will also be the most powerful, with the twin-turbo 6.6-litre V8 engine packing a jaw-dropping 1,817bhp.

The state pension could soar to nearly £10,900 a year if the next Tory Chancellor honours the triple lock pledge and increases payouts in line with predicted sky-high inflation.The Bank of England has forecast the headline rate will top 13% this autumn - though even at the current 10.1% inflation rate pensioners could see their payments hiked to £10,600, a boost of nearly £1,000 a year.

My disabled sister is 78 and has been in poor health for a while. She was worried I would not be able to afford a proper funeral for her if she died.

The consumer price index measure of inflation rose to 10.1% in July, up from 9.4% the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Mortgage rates have been going up due to the rising base rate, amid a backdrop of soaring energy bills and food prices - and borrowers are keen to understand how much further they might go. Part of the answer may lie in the ongoing Conservative leadership campaign being played out in the background, as some say that the tax cuts proposed by Liz Truss would lead to a base rate as high as 7%. We take a look at the impact future rate rises could have on mortgages and the property market.

In a blow to households dealing with borrowing costs, a poll found 30 of 51 economists expect rates to jump from 1.75% to 2.25% in September.

The ONS reported that the average UK house price increased by 7.8% in the year to June, sharply down on May when prices jumped 12.8%.

Sales of electric cars have been booming in recent years but restricted production of new models looks set to derail the nation's switch to plug-in vehicles, according to a new report. Drivers wanting to make the switch to an electric vehicle are now facing long delays for cars to arrive, in some cases up to two years from the point of ordering, research by electric car experts has revealed. We've listed 34 of the most popular new models and how long you might have to wait to get your hands on one if you ordered from a dealership today.

Gloucester couple Jake McLarney, 26, and Emma Brookes, 27, are to appear on the returning MTV Pimp My Ride series, which will air on its YouTube channel from Friday..

A survey of 2,000 people who want to move in the next five years found that 22 per cent want a bungalow as their future home. It was closely followed by 18 per cent who would like their future home to be a new build and 16 per cent who would like it to be a cottage. The survey by estate agents Strutt & Parker used a combination of registered buyers, sellers and tenants. It found that garages were the most sought-after storage facility, with 29 per cent of people claiming that it was the 'most needed' storage in their future home.

Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds, where the wax figures of Harry and Meghan (pictured) are among those on display. faces court proceedings due to a dispute over debt with the FTSE 100 credit company. A winding up petition sees unpaid creditors take legal action against the company owing them funds. A spokesman for Merlin branded Experian's actions 'wholly inappropriate' and said the company will apply to have the petition thrown out.

Rank shares fell 2.7% as its boss John O'Reilly flagged 'unexpectedly softer trading' across its casinos in the first six months of 2022.

Country Garden, which is China's largest real estate firm, reported its half-year profit had fallen to between £550m and £612m from £1.9bn a year earlier.

Official figures confirmed that annual price growth hit a record 8.9pc in the eurozone but was even higher when including EU countries outside the single currency area. They came a day after UK data showed inflation above 10% for the first time in four decades. Inflation has been spurred on by Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which has pushed up energy prices, and is still going up in Britain and Europe.

In a world with energy supplies under threat thanks to the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, Guyana is the new jewel of world oil.

Uniper was handed £13bn from the state in exchange for a 30% equity stake in July after being left stranded by the drop in gas deliveries from Russia.

Should I pay more money into my Lisa for the next 13 years or continue to pay more into my private pension with a hope that the money compounds over time? I will be paying 20% tax on the back end with this income so wondering if the less volatile Lisa option would be more beneficial?

While low-emission vehicles are more likely to pass an MOT, they are have a higher failure rate for having tyres that don't meet legal minimum requirements, says Carwow.

Drivers under 25 pay an average of £1,489 a year on car cover, with the average cost dropping to £1,121 for those who have a named parent on their policy.

The car in question is a 1986 2.8 Injection Special, which cost £11,000 when new but has recently changed hands for almost seven times that original price. Invoices sold with the car show that its one owner, Albert Clarkson, a retired gas engineer from Canvey Island, paid a discounted price of £7,698. That means he has sold it for more than nine times what he paid almost four decades ago. Using This is Money's historic inflation calculator, the £7,698 Albert paid in 1986 translates to £24,880 in today's money, meaning a healthy inflation-adjusted profit of 185%.

The 1964 Austin has been returned to its original glory following a three-year renovation, with the car being stripped back to a rolling chassis and completely rebuilt.

The boss of Octopus Energy has been forced to explain why its customers' energy bills are going up, even though the power supplied is '100% renewable'. Recent forecasts have predicted that Ofgem's price cap could peak at £4,266 a year in 2023, and along with virtually all other energy companies, Octopus - the UK's fourth largest supplier - is raising the cost of its tariffs. But with the current energy crisis caused by the rising cost of wholesale gas, Octopus customers took to Twitter to ask why their bills were going up, as the power they get is labelled 100% 'green'.

Millions of students face a rise in living costs far in excess of the slight increase in support from maintenance loans when the new academic year begins, new research has found.

A lot of bad news is already reflected in valuations, and when sentiment turns positive markets can accelerate sharply, leaving the uninvested behind, says Laith Khalaf of AJ Bell.

Savers are seeing their cash pots eroded, as not a single standard account manages to pay an inflation-beating rate, This is Money's research reveals. Each month This is Money will publish figures from the analysts Savings Champion which reveal how many current savings deals beat the latest available inflation reading from the Office for National Statistics. Coupled with our independent best buy tables, this should give savers all the information they need to find the hardest-working home for their cash.

More than 80% of those with a current account with Starling Bank, Monzo or First Direct are likely to recommend the bank to friends and family,

The average cash account now pays 2%, up just 0.37 points since December. By comparison, base rate has risen by 1.65 points in that time.

Spirent has a strong balance sheet and a policy of rewarding shareholders with decent dividends. These are declared in dollars but paid to UK shareholders in sterling, with 7.6 cents (6.22p) expected for this year and 8.48 cents for next. Technology needs to be tested before, during and after it comes to market. Spirent is a leader in the testing industry, the business is growing faster than ever and chief executive Eric Updyke is confident that he can increase sales to $1billion in the next few years, even if economic conditions deteriorate. At £2.76, the shares are a buy.

The survival rate of startups is poor and is likely to be for some time but a recent study reveals the best cities for starting a small business and which sectors have the highest survival rate.

Manager Nick Train said that his £2bn trust delivered a NAV per share total return of 8.1% in July, nearly double the FTSE All-Share, which was up 4.4%.

This week, Georgie Frost and Lee Boyce are joined by a special guest: James Blower, AKA The Savings Guru, who gives his take on where savings rates are heading next. With the lesser known challengers paying the best rates, how do you know they're any good? And should you fix now or wait?

There were 3,405 households in the private rental sector evicted by bailiffs in England between April and June this year - and Shelter fears the figure will only rise.

Right Said Fred star Richard Fairbrass reckons he's made more than £10 million from the 1991 hit I'm Too Sexy. The 68-year-old singer also tells Donna Ferguson he and his brother Fred lost out on making the same amount of money by trusting people they should not have done. Richard lives in a £1.3 million apartment in Windsor, Berkshire, with the other half of the band, his brother Fred. Right Said Fred's new single, Godsend, is available to stream on Spotify and Richard and Fred's autobiography, We're Still Too Sexy, is published this Thursday.

Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and a variety of charges can leave investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

We pick our five favourite cash Isas for savers. This is essential Isa reading and is kept up-to-date throughout the year

Since the base rate began rising in December 2021, the average two-year fixed mortgage rate has increased by 0.91% and the five-year rate by 0.73%.

If you are interested in buying shares or know more about unearthing good companies and valuing them, read our guide to share investing.

Buy-to-let lost some of its spark in recent years but that might be about to change as new tax cuts and low mortgage rates have caused landlords to flock back to the market.

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