More than 3m households are on a financial knife-edge, when just a small drop in income could put them at risk of losing their home

Low income and high housing costs leave millions facing losing their home

Research from Shelter and YouGov shows that more than one in 10 working families in England have resorted to selling possessions to cover their housing costs

Leaving money to charity in your will could help reduce the tax bill for your loved ones

Next week has been designated "remember a charity in your will week", to put the focus squarely on the subject
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Mark Dampier: Equity-income funds can stop inflation picking your pocket

UK inflation figures make headlines in the financial press when they are released each month.

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Q. In July I received an automated message on my phone asking if I had made six payments recently. The last one, for £697.31, I did not recognise. It was refused by Royal Bank of Scotland, which told me it would only be paid if represented by the company. I assumed that was the end of the matter.

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Donald MacInnes: Antiques Roadshow shows up transatlantic difference over money

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Derek Pain: City optimist sticks with his all-time high Footsie forecast

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Simon Read: It may be called Enhanced or Classic. But a better word is Poor for the way banks treat current account customers

One of my regular correspondents, Robert Johnson from Airdrie, writes in with a moan about the TSB: "The '200-year-old new bank' created by Rev Henry Duncan for hard-working local people has just informed us that, as of early November, the interest rate on credit balances in its Enhance current account will be cut by 50 per cent from 3 per cent to 1.5 per cent.

Simon Read: An insight into confusing financial terms and conditions

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Figures showing how well financial firms deal with customer complaints are always interesting. While we expect that the biggest firms – the high street banks – will have the most complaints, it’s interesting to find out which have the most upheld against them.

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Donald MacInnes: When videogame prowess is worth a billion, I get twitchy

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