Insulation plans hit by ‘dirty deal’

As a result, the energy company obligation, an insulation scheme delivered by major energy suppliers, was cut back, taking £30 to £35 off bills.

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How an 8pc peer-to-peer Isa could work

Peer-to-peer lending is focused on helping people lend and borrow money with websites as the middlemen, while crowdfunding offers investors shares or a stake in the business in exchange for cash. Isa eligibility has been extended only to peer-to-peer loans, although the Government said it would also explore expanding Isas further to include crowdfunding platforms.

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Cate Blanchett's £11 million Oscars outfit

The Oscars may seem a distant memory for many, but here on planet fashion we're still mulling over the red carpet looks (sure, you can call us sad…).

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How Jonathan’s visit to Oyo stirred malice

While, the decision by Jonathan not to include the palace of Olubadan in his itinerary as later explained by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati might be genuine and reasonable, the Oyo State politics both at the political parties’ level and within the traditional council undermines the decision and this was alluded to by the Olubadan-in-Council which raised eyebrow at the development on one hand and Ajimobi on the other hand. Abati had said that President Jonathan did not deliberately refuse to visit the Olubadan of Ibadan during his tour to some South-West. He told newsmen however, that although Jonathan is scheduled ... Continue Reading

Investing for retirement, without a thousand bucks

If you wanted to cut risks in the stock market and had $100, you could put half into the Schwab U.S. Broad Market stock ETF and half into the Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF. Over the years, you can keep investing in these same ETFs. The benefit of the Schwab ETFs is that Schwab doesn’t charge you a commission when you buy these two basic funds. So almost all your money goes to work in the investments — an important factor when investing small sums regularly. TD Ameritrade also lets you open IRAs with little money and has commission-free ETFs.

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