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Recession will have lasted three years longer than any other in the past 100 years

An offset mortgage can save you money on your interest payments, and potentially reduce your term, but it will end up costing you more

Savvy Money: Is offset a good bet for your home loan and savings?

Check out how linking your mortgage to your cash could save you from the taxman's clutches

Money Insider: Are mortgage rates close to bottoming out? Get a fix... but check the cost

There's no let-up in the quest for new mortgage business, with lenders scrapping harder than ever for best buy recognition since the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) came into play.

Homebuyers pile into purchase scheme

About 4,000 buyers have seized on the Government's Help To Buy initiative, introduced in the last Budget, to snap up new homes in the past two months alone, the Home Builders Federation said yesterday.

Prices rose by 2.6 per cent year-on-year to £166,898 on average

House prices have grown fastest in years, says Halifax

2.6% year-on-year growth to average £166,898 marks biggest annual uplift since September 2010

James Moore: Retail figures swing not good news for everyone

Outlook Life will today get a little easier for the Bank of England's incoming Governor, Mark Carney. The British Retail Consortium will release figures showing that shop price inflation morphed into shop price deflation during May.

More support promised for women who apply for mortgages

New report finds no evidence for discrimination but admits women may have been put off for applying for a mortgage or business loan

Problem debt among older people is leading to huge jump in marriage breakdowns

Older people are facing serious debt problems which are leading to twice as many marriages breaking down, new research published today reveals.

At last, some good news: UK mortgage market is on the up again

The mortgage market's moving again, rates are at an all-time low, lenders are flush with government cash, and – at last – they're keen to hand it over

Mortgage wars bring bonanza of low rates for homebuyers

The Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme has seen interest rates plummet. Julian Knight reports

New Bank of England figures show £3bn slide in lending to small businesses

Bank of England offers banks incentives, but gloomy outlook keeps demand flat

Mortgage lending by mutuals on the up

Meanwhile latest Bank of England figures show remortgage approvals continue to grow

US government's spending cuts curb growth

The US economy did not expand as fast as initially thought in the first three months of the year, a new report showed yesterday, as Washington-mandated belt-tightening hit government spending.

Homehunters in Wales are the keenest in Britain to become homeowners

First-time buyer activity also strong in Scotland and London

Lenders are lowering the maximum age you can be at the end of a mortgage

Age barrier puts block on older borrowers

Your date of birth could stop you getting a loan from some banks and building societies, despite your ability to pay it back, says Chiara Cavaglieri

The case centres around an auction of Airbus A320 aircraft

'You're in their pockets': High Court row over valuation in General Electric planes deal with Lebedev-controlled Blue Wings airline

One of the world’s biggest aircraft valuers was accused in the High Court of being in the pockets of General Electric’s vast GECAS commercial aeroplane leasing division.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Prices correct as of 30 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee