Interest rates, emergency funds & first aid training

Interest rates, emergency funds & first aid trainingWelcome to our latest week in review post, in which we share some of the things we have been covering this week.

Our latest weekly roundup of content from Informed Choice considers interest rates, emergency funds and first aid training.

Interest rates have gone negative in Japan. What does this actually mean?

It’s been a rocky start to the year for some investment assets. Our latest monthly investment update offers a summary of what is going on out there right now.

George Osborne clearly has something against private landlords. The recently announced 3% surcharge on buy-to-let properties and second homes comes into force in April, unless he chooses to listen to reform proposals from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

If you called the office at the start of this week looking for Martin, you would have found him missing in action. He spent a couple of days learning some first aid skills on a remote emergency care course with the Surrey Wildlife Trust, which he has written about here.

What were you expecting to hear from the Bank of England this week? They perhaps unsurprisingly kept interest rates on hold, but did make some interesting changes to their economic outlook.

In our latest podcast episode, Martin talks about rethinking the emergency fund.

In the press this week, Martin was quoted in this FE Trustnet article about mid cap UK equity funds.

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