Number crunching from investment platform AJ Bell found that a total of 27 firms in the FTSE 100 have raised their dividends over the last ten years, in what investment director Russ Mould calls a 'very good sign for patient, long-term investors'. These companies have all paid back more to investors despite being threatened by events such last June's Brexit vote and the surprise election of Donald Trump.
Britain's new boom towns! How investors are bidding tens of BILLIONS to transform the UK high street
Some of the UK's biggest investment firms are placing a multi-billion pound bet that is triggering a startling rejuvenation of many neglected town centres. Customers have been turning their backs on local high streets to spend more cash at accessible out-of-town retail developments and on the internet. However, many towns are now poised to get an overdue new lease of life as councils work on ambitious plans to turn around the fortunes of high streets by throwing the doors open to big money from the City.
Private equity firm backed by China reportedly planning to bid for Imagination Technologies, the former iPhone chip maker ditched by Apple
Canyon Bridge Capital Partners has held talks about a potential bid for the whole of Imagination or parts of its business. It is reportedly one of several Chinese firms looking at a bid. Imagination, once the UK's most valuable tech firm worth £2bn, was forced to put itself up for sale after seeing almost £500m wiped off its value in just one day in April. It is now worth just £408m.
The grit behind the glamour! Ray Massey is one of the first to test drive the new Range Rover Velar on an epic Norwegian 4,000ft high mountain
Ray Massey was among the first journalists in the world to drive the new five-seater Range Rover Velar its global dynamic launch in Scandinavia. Norway was chosen to demonstrate the Velar's ability in a land renowned for its beautiful but tough and challenging terrain - over rivers, ferried over Fjords, and scrambling up and down the steepest mountains in a land famed for mythical giant Trolls and powerful Norse gods like Thor.
MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Internet domain name firm CentralNic has .buy written all over it with its 51.5p share price set to rocket
Centralnic is a big player in a vital part of the internet. The firm owns and sells top-level domain name suffixes, the letters that immediately follow the dot on website addresses. Its share price is 51½p and this should rise considerably as the business expands. The first top-level domain (TLD) was .mil for the US military. Then American universities were given .edu and the US department of commerce .com. That was back in 1984. Country codes were also established, such as .fr for France. Few people back then had any idea how integral the internet would become to everyday lives, so a number of countries sold their codes to the first available buyer.
Save money abroad - don't pay with your debit card: If you're jetting off, here's how to avoid being hit by hidden, rip-off charges
Holidaymakers are being warned to think twice before flexing their everyday plastic when spending abroad. With every transaction in a shop, hotel or bar, a combination of poor exchange rates and hidden card charges can quickly spoil the memory of a good holiday. This dent in the pockets of holidaymakers will be made bigger by the impact of the weak pound. Sterling is worth 12 to 14 per cent less than it was on the day of the Brexit vote, when compared with currencies such as the US dollar and euro. Thanks to the Brexit effect, travellers now get $91 and €94 less for every £500 they change, compared with this day 13 months ago.
'It's time to stop punishing landlords': Former Tory leader IDS claims government is 'missing the point' on housing and wants buy-to-let tax hike scrapped
Writing in Conservative Home Duncan Smith launched a stinging attack on the government's lack of thinking behind housing policy and said they should 'reconsider the way we treat private landlords who buy houses to rent'. Duncan Smith also called on Prime Minister Theresa May to scrap the move to taper tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages.
To infinity and beyond! How genius John Lasseter gave Disney back its happy ending and took the legendary studio to new heights
John Lasseter is boss of the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios and is using a combination of artistry and commercial nous to transform a moribund legacy into a global commercial powerhouse. In the words of one of his creations, Buzz Lightyear, he is aiming 'To infinity and beyond'. The Studios' Oscar-winning chief creative officer is also a co-founder of Pixar, which was sold to Disney for $7.4 billion in 2006. Lasseter, 60, produced every Pixar hit from Monsters Inc, Toy Story (where the slightly confused space ranger Buzz first appeared in 1995), to Finding Nemo and its latest, Cars 3, which saw the actors from the film in the pit lane of the British Grand Prix last weekend.
I am 49 and want my pension now to pay my mortgage, but is this early release offer a scam? Steve Webb sounds alarm
Could you please help. Having fallen on hard times and needing a quick cash injection to keep the mortgage paid, I enquired about transferring my £40,000ish pension over to a firm. In return they release £6,200 to me, they take £3,800 in fees and invest the rest in an overseas property development. I have been warned that most of these early release firms are scams, but are they? Steve Webb replies.
Investing Show: How to invest and achieve long-term returns that beat inflation and low savings rates
If you have the short-term emergency savings that you need, funds held for the long-term can be put to more productive work and earn a higher return. The Investing Show looks at how people can do this, including how to think about what sums you may be able to invest and the easiest ways to do that.
The German discounter has incurred the wrath of France's champagne region for taking the name of champagne in vain. It landed the group in a five-year legal dispute that only now looks to be coming to a head. The 'Champagner sorbet' dessert contained 12 per cent bubbly and featured a picture of a champagne bottle and flute. As a result the French appealed to EU judges to protect it.
The state pension age will now rise to 68 for everyone in their mid-forties and under - is this fair?
The Government decision jettisons existing legislation which anticipated the increase to 68 happening far later, between 2044 and 2046. The move is bound to disappoint those having to wait longer to retire. But while it has sparked an outcry among detractors, it has also attracted support from some financial experts who say it makes the state pension fair and affordable. So why the Government has decided to increase the state pension age, and what are the views for and against.
Don't let your pension savings dwindle: Five of the best funds to invest in for income in retirement
The financial watchdog has sounded the alarm over savers using pension freedoms to move cash to ordinary bank accounts, or into drawdown plans without getting advice. So what's the alternative? We have asked Darius McDermott, director of investment research house FundCalibre, to take a look at where you can invest for a better return.
INVESTMENT EXTRA: By keeping a close eye on where hedge fund vultures are circling, everyday investors can play industry at its own game
Often hedge funds know something that is hard for ordinary investors to spot - such as chronic bad debts, contracts that may never materialise, or what is generally going on in a sector. Hedge fund managers often make money by using a highly risky and speculative process called 'shorting', which sees them bet against firms they think are due to hit some kind of trouble.
Ten of the best classic car events to visit this summer: From hillclimbs, to concours and historic racing action
The promise of classic cars on show and in action will draw thousands of motoring fans to events across the UK this summer. The eclectic pleasure of the British classic car scene was highlighted by the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, there are still plenty more events to come and hopefully some more sunshine. We round up ten of the best to visit.
A perfect escape from the daily grind! Idyllic windmill converted into a six-bed family home goes on sale for £1.2million
The Black Mill has been a landmark in the village of Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire since it was first built in 1840 and is now up for sale with a price tag of £1.2million. It is spread across six floors, offering a unique family home for the price of a one-bedroom flat in a fashionable part of central London.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new X-Class - the pick-up truck for the more discerning tradesman or woman, who wants to combine a workhorse with luxury. Mercedes is known for producing some of the most luxurious cars on the market as well as having a fleet of capable commercial vehicles - and its looking to bridge the gap between the two with a pick-up that could prove a sales winner.
Holidaymaker hit with £25k bill after falsely claiming she had suffered food poisoning at five-star hotel
In a case that serves as a warning to Britons going abroad, a 28-year-old from Wales has been ordered to pay £25,000 to Thomson, after a court found that she lied about getting sick to claim compensation. Over the past year, tens of thousands of families have submitted sickness claims, often encouraged by law firms promising big payouts - but many are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms.
My husband died and I have £100k from his pensions - how do I get a decent income for my retirement? Steve Webb replies
My husband died recently before taking his pension and under the new rules I get very little. While investigating my options, by chance I discovered that I am no longer entitled to the full state pension. I have about £100,000 cash from his various pension pots. What can I do with this money to get a decent annual income for my future? I need £15,000 a year.
Peak District market town Belper is named as property hotspot of the year so far, but where else are house prices rising fastest?
The Derbyshire town of Belper, pcitured, on the River Derwent, has seen house prices rise by 7.43% since the beginning of the year, according to property website Zoopla. It is followed by the coastal town of Hove, in East Sussex, where values have risen by 7.07 per cent, and the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, which has seen increases of 6.66 per cent.
A fresh state pension rise is now due to happen between 2037 and 2039, after the Government accepted the recommendation of ex-Confederation of British Industry boss John Cridland, who carried out an official review of future state pension age increases. We explain forthcoming changes to the state pension age, so you can find out when you will be allowed to retire.
Princess Di on a banknote? As the new £10 featuring Jane Austen is launched today, who would you like to see featured next...
Today sees the launch of the new £10 note featuring one of Britain's most famous authors, Jane Austen, which will come out in September. It is the second polymer note to launch in Britain, after the Churchill fiver which came out last September to much fanfare - and it appears Britons want more women featured on their currency. Who would you pick?
Although cash Isas don't currently offer fantastic rates, it is still worthwhile opening one to shield money away from the taxman. Our savings correspondent Lee Boyce picks his five favourite cash Isas for savers in 2017 - essential reading to help you choose a top savings account for your money. This page is kept up-to-date throughout the year - bookmark it for the very latest developments.
'Buyers will struggle to pay much more': House price rises will be limited as costs bite, warns Rightmove
House price rises over the next few years will be muted as 'buyers will struggle to pay much more', property website Rightmove warned today. Asking prices of newly-listed homes for sale flat-lined in the month to mid-July, it said, and with the property market cooling and buyers stretched to their limits house prices are no longer likely to rise above inflation.
THIS IS MONEY'S FIVE OF THE BEST BROADBAND DEALS
Sky's Unlimited Broadband deal comes with up to 17 Mbps speeds and a free £75 prepaid Mastercard. It costs £18.99 per month for 12 months. £9.95 setup fee applies. At the end of the contract the price jumps to £28.99 per month
Plusnet's Unlimited Fibre package offers up to 36Mbps speeds and a £50 cashback bonus. It costs £24.99 per month with no setup fee. At the end of the contract the price jumps to £33.98 per month
Talk Talk's TV with Faster Broadband and Sky Sports package comes with up to 18 Mbps speeds and free weekend calls. It costs £28.50 per month fixed for 18 months. At the end of the contract the price of sport jumps to £59.50 per month
Virgin Media's Vivid 100 Fibre Broadband deal comes with up to 100 Mbps speeds. It costs £31 per month on an 12 month contract. £20 setup fee applies. At the end of the contract the price jumps to £40 per month
John Lewis' Unlimited Broadband with Phone comes with up to 17 Mbps speeds with free evening and weekend calls It costs £20 per month on an 12 month contract. At the end of the contract the price jumps to £26.50 per month
50 ways to save money: Simple steps to cut what you spend that could clear your debts or seriously boost your savings
To clear the average national household debt of ?13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of ?100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.
The amount you can save into a pension ultimately depends on what you can afford - but the longer you leave it the more you will need to save. We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?
When will interest rates move? Bank worries over UK's debt addiction as economists speculate on an earlier rate rise
Worries over debt in the economy have been raised in the latest bank Financial Stability Report in the wake of fresh speculation that interest rates may rise sooner than most expect. The latest MPC meeting led one investment bank, Nomura, to suggest a rate rise could come as soon as August. Economist George Buckley said comments from Bank chief economist Andy Haldane's and the 5-3 split made an early move more likely.
Borrowers are being offered a raft of cheap fixed rate mortgages as lenders attempt to lure them into remortgaging or buying a home. But HSBC has decided to buck the trend and launch a new rate mortgage that is a tracker instead. We pick out the best fixed and tracker rate mortgages and look at what next for rates.
For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips
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