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Boring Money 2017 Money Panto

Welcome to our last blog of the year as we look back at 2017 in our own boring money Panto. Disclaimer: Gratuitous festive and occasionally laboured pantomime wordplay follows!

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Crypto Kitties Down Under

Last Tuesday I set up a bitcoin trading account to research my blog. I got myself a blockchain wallet ID and exchanged 200 lovely concrete safe pounds for the latest gambling craze to sweep the world.

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The Great Bitcoin Bonanza

“Should I buy into the current bitcoin scheme?”, I was asked for the umpteenth time this week. My experience shouts “No!” – and especially not if you are labelling it a ‘scheme’. But am I like the horse-riding mayor of yesteryear, sneering at Henry Ford? Let’s take a look.

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Bilge, Budget and Black Friday

Following on from last week’s blog about rubbish letters from pension companies, I was contacted by literally hundreds of you with your own stories of frustration. “I get stuff like that all the time from my pension company – meaningless hieroglyphics that I file under chicken-sh*t…” wrote one angry MD of a tech firm, summarising the main gist of your thoughts.

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Here are the changes to stamp duty summarised.

First-time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty on any property up to £300,000. If you are buying a property worth up to £500,000, you will pay stamp duty on the chunk which is over £300,000 only.

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Open letter to Mr CEO of Aviva

Yesterday I got a letter from your firm. Which was such an unutterably awful read that I am compelled to write this to you. About 6 months ago, after a process to pick a pension for my staff, I chose you. You seemed to offer the best combo of service, decently priced investment options and the sense that you would be around for the long haul. No frills. Just a pension service which would hopefully see my guys right.

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