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Quicken

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  1. The sales volumes on my local chart (attached) look to me like spring 2008 all over again. Bring it on!
  2. Hello, I am looking to invest a bit in silver, but am naturally keen to avoid VAT if possible. One interesting option seems to be the 50% silver British coins minted between 1920 and 1946. For example, this deal is pretty close to spot price for silver if I am reading the numbers correctly: http://www.24carat.co.uk/frame.php?url=silverinvestmentbags.html 5 kg is 160.75 troy ounces, and the spot price for silver is around £24.25. 160.75*24.25 = £3,898. There doesn't seem to be a problem selling at a reasonable percentage relative to purer silver. Not saying this is the best place to sell, but they do have a calculator for different purities: http://cashyoursilver.co.uk/ Am I missing anything? I have heard people on here recommending pre-1920 coins, but I cannot see any online dealers selling them and I am not really keen on Ebay. Is there anywhere that does something similar to the above package in pre-1920 coins? Any help appreciated, Cheers
  3. It must be time for the start of the post spring bounce joy so I'll go for -1.2.
  4. +1. I might start putting a sig together with a few things that need to change like this one.
  5. How long before governments undertake massive tax grabs on precious metals? They are going to look ever more tempting the higher they get...
  6. Italy money supply plunge flashes red warning signals: Telegraph article Getting interesting...
  7. What has the coalition done differently? PFI is positively thriving in the 'austerity' regime. See e.g.: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/18/george-osborne-backs-pfi-projects http://www.regen.net/Housing/article/1079567/shapps-signs-off-salford-pfi-housing-deal/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8582771/Coalition-turns-to-discredited-PFI-scheme-to-build-schools.html
  8. I have been thinking about the same thing recently. It seems to me that a partial solution might be to adjust taxation to favour a single income per household, whereas now it favours dual incomes.
  9. As ToW suggested in post #102, and as I have said before, they should do it by collecting data from all rental contracts. Why the complex bureaucracy?
  10. That will be Paul Lewis of Money Box: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/moneybox/ The last two times I saw him on Breakfast, he was enthusing over NS&I index-linked certificates. EDIT to say: I like the guy. He seems pretty straight-talking.
  11. This wouldn't be a problem if all mortgage applications had to be verified against tax records. This would seem to be a simple way to massively reduce mortgage fraud, and IMHO it should be part of the FSA MMR proposals. I'm not holding my breath there though...
  12. That's a good one, and I'm sure there are many more extreme examples in terms of time on the market. The thing that tickled me in the original example was that they waited a year and a half and then, clearly realizing their selling strategy wasn't working, they changed A SINGLE WORD in the title (indicating something you could already see in the pictures). I mean why? It just beggars belief. @snowflux - It's in Rose Hill, which is a pretty rough area already, and the newbuilds do not look like they will be changing that any time soon. Wiki Page Recent News Example
  13. I had to share this: 2 Bed in Oxford On since 19th November 2009; latest update 3rd March 2011. They're clearly making the dramatic changes required for a quick sale...
  14. Yes. I don't know enough about the specific numbers, but I was hoping someone here could do a point-by-point demolition of that list.
  15. I found this comment on the article interesting. Any thoughts?
  16. Oh, they fiddle RPI anyway, but it's still over 5% and that stomps all over any ISA.
  17. Harsh. It's not exactly a risky investment unless you think the government will default. Personally, I doubt that in the next year. Each to their own though.
  18. I have advised both my boss and my mother to move some savings into these, so I am pretty confident there is no catch. When I was talking it through with my mother yesterday, I mentioned that the appeal of the Certs represents a curious mixture of trust and distrust in the government/BoE. Trust in the government not to default; distrust in the inflationary forecast (expectation that inflation will be high for at least a year).
  19. 231.7/219.9 = 1.05366 That's your index linking over the year. So if you had 15k, then multiply it by the index linking value above to get your end of year one value: 15000*1.05366=15804 This is ignoring the fixed value as requested.
  20. This was answered on the other thread. From the website: And
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