Monthly Archives: January 2012

The way to deal with the rental crisis? It’s not capping prices | Vidhya Alakeson

Lack of supply is the root of the problem renters face. Why don’t pension funds and life insurance companies invest in new stock? A simple set of trade-offs used to apply in housing: if you rented, you had less security … Continue reading

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How penny auction websites can leave you with a hole in your pocket

Methods vary but the message at penny auctions is the same – make the winning bid and you can pick up expensive goods at a fraction of their value. But is it as straightforward as it seems? Somewhere in the … Continue reading

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Why stay-at-home dads are still the invisible men of the house

The number of British fathers giving up work to look after their children is growing, but policy makers are still failing to understand the phenomenon Edmund Farrow is facing redundancy. For 11 years he has worked up to 90 hours … Continue reading

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Gym contracts and heartwarming Guardian readers

The distressing story of a pregnant woman chased for payment has put gym contracts in the spotlight – and filled our postbag with offers of help How I love Guardian Money readers. Last week our consumer champions Lisa Bachelor and … Continue reading

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Should I spend my money while I’m young enough to enjoy it?

I’m 50 and would love to travel, but will I regret this when I’m old and having to live frugally? Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out … Continue reading

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Letters: Time to call the bankers’ bluff

As a shareholder in RBS (like the rest of us), I would like to see how the CEO’s £1m bonus is justified, given the consequences of his actions on the profitability of the parent company, UK plc (RBS hands chief … Continue reading

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Letters: Time to call the bankers’ bluff

As a shareholder in RBS (like the rest of us), I would like to see how the CEO’s £1m bonus is justified, given the consequences of his actions on the profitability of the parent company, UK plc (RBS hands chief … Continue reading

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LA Fitness dealt a knockout blow over unfair gym contracts

LA Fitness flew into a Twitter storm after Guardian’s consumer champions took up the case. Now all gyms are under pressure to improve their contracts It was one of the most distressing cases of a reader in trouble that Guardian … Continue reading

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The solar industry needs to know the UK government can be trusted | Caroline Lucas

If policy can be changed retrospectively, why should business believe that the UK is a safe place to invest? This week, the government lost its appeal against a judge’s ruling that its move to change the rates for solar feed-in … Continue reading

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Permanent health insurance is one expense we had to afford

A colleague of mine at work has recently had the news that her partner is about to be made redundant and like so many people her age had been spending virtually all their combined income without saving anything for a … Continue reading

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