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    Does buy-to-let still stack up? Listen to the This is Money podcast

    My property is my pension. That was the popular saying when buy-to-let was all the rage and every other person you met fancied their chances as a minor property mogul.But life has got much tougher for landlords, with a series of tax grabs and tougher mortgage rules hitting.So does buy-to-let still stack up as a way to build your wealth?It certainly requires a lot of money upfront, even more now than ever before, and while the taxman will take a big chunk of your buy-to-let investment pot in stamp duty, he’ll give you money back if you invest in a ...

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    Will we get richer in 2018? Listen to our look at the year ahead on the This is Money podcast

    What will 2018 mean for our finances? From savings rates, to property prices and the prospects for the UK economy, we take a look on this week’s podcastPredictions – as we all know – are a mug’s game, but as it is the start of a new year, it’s time to have a look at what could happen in 2018 in the world of money.Inflation is forecast to subside, while interest rates are only tipped to rise very gently. That would be a boost to people’s finances if wage inflation can get back up above the rising cost of living.A ...

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    Are diesel cars and bitcoin being unfairly demonised? Listen to the This is Money podcast

    Is diesel being unfairly demonised? Britain’s car industry is crying foul, as not a single new diesel car avoids the Budget tax hike because the test they have to pass hasn’t come in yet. Is bitcoin in a bubble? Cryptocurrency fans say no, because although the price has risen tenfold this year, the blockchain and bitcoin have a use.On this week’s This is Money podcast, Simon Lambert, Tanya Jefferies and Georgie Frost dive into the murky worlds of two things hitting the headlines this week, diesel cars and bitcoin.   Also on this week’s show, we look at a victory for those ...

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    Can the Tories really fix student loans, housebuilding and energy bills? Listen to the This is Money podcast

    Forget coughing fits, pranksters and tumbling letters for a minute. Along with a car crash speech for Theresa May, the Tory party conference also brought a few policies that might make a difference to our financial lives.Student fees, housebuilding and an energy price cap all came up on the agenda.But was this just tinkering around the edges, or a solid plan to improve three highly controversial areas? It's safe to say that Theresa May's speech didn't quite go to plan, as her coughing fit and a prankster's interruption were finished off by letters falling off the sign behind herLast week, ...

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