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  1. Planning retirement in the next 4 - 6 years, and I've generated a budget to see what we can afford to live on from savings plus the pension pot. I need to make assumptions about a) inflation & b) pension pot growth rates, and keen to see what others think reasonable. Until the stock market crash in March, my Standard Life pension was doing just fine, and growing at around 7% per year on top of my contributions, but I want to be conservative about future expectations, so we don't run out of money aged 75. My initial thoughts are to plan for 2% inflation & 3.5% stock growth, averag
  2. Thought I'd share a great talk from the economist Milton Friedman on Inflation and explains a lot of what's been happening with house prices. He even talks about inflation being divisive: winners and losers, and he specifically talks about housing in this regard. The bit between 34 and 38 mins(ish) is probably the most relevant to housing but the whole talk is worth listening to. We talk a lot about a divided society and I believe inflation is one of the leading causes.
  3. Of course, no sign of inflation here. Everything is fine. Move along. Supermarket products get smaller ... but prices stay the same size Hundreds of items, including toilet rolls and biscuits, see de facto price rise as package sizes shrink, according to research by Which? In its latest round-up of shrinking groceries, Which? found that toilet rolls, chocolate biscuits and orange juice were among the popular shopping items that had had a de facto price increase. Which? researchers found that Andrex had cut the number of sheets on its standard toilet rolls from 240 to 221 sheets – an 8% fa
  4. Hello all I am new to this valuable and hope you can share your thoughts. My partner and I have managed to save up about £50k which should be enough to cover deposit and costs for the purchase of our first home. The question is whether to buy now or wait? We are renting at the moment in a nice but smallish 3 bed semi and would like to buy something along those lines. Prices for such properties are from around £350k - £400k which I feel is very high. Around £300k gets you a mid terrace. Our ideal property would currently have a repayment higher than our rent cost. I am prepared t
  5. Today's inflation figures in May from the ONS: CPI 2.9% and RPI 3.7%. Student debt now accumulating interest charges at 6.7% p.a. Ouch.
  6. Worst decade for pay in 210 years, Recovery locked in now http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/uk-in-worst-decade-for-pay-growth-for-210-years-says-thinktank/ar-AAo39a1?li=AA54rU and Rents to rise 20% http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/rents-to-go-up-more-than-20percent-in-five-years-surveyors-warn/ar-AAo2p1L?li=AA54rU How does that work? Does Winston need to work harder to modify the stories?
  7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11700282/Mapped-How-much-has-your-house-price-moved-in-10-years.html Inflation adjusted prices over ten years aren't as high as I'd have thought for 90% of the country...
  8. There's been an increase in wealthy households - thank God for trickle down wealth and Help to Buy !
  9. LInk: Washington Post There are many threads at the moment about 'good and bad deflation'. Well, our own lovely George Osborne has argued that the UK has good deflation, while those foreign chaps have it bad. And on the Spanish thread, economist Edward Hugh suggests that 'good deflation' is by no means impeding the 'Spanish recovery'. . . may even be helping. So what should we think about Ukraine? I have a girlfriend from Ukraine staying at the moment who is soooh looking forward to paying off her credit card bill at the end of the month . . . buy with good money and pay back with bad. No
  10. There's a review of the local plan in our area in Hampshire going on at the moment. I am looking to suggest to the plan that areas of land to be set aside for required housing have a proportion allocated for self-build for people tied to the local area, rather than being snapped up by developers to build tiny, cloned, faceless properties which they want 20-40% profit on. And subsequent speculation. Question is: How to ensure these are built and owned by people who actually LIVE in them? How about a restrictive covenant that holds the owner to not being allowed to sell for more than CPI fo
  11. Have you been trying to buy/sell a property in England and Wales and have found that vendors/buyers are difficult to commit even if an offer is accepted and ready to exchange? Have you lost most money, time and mostly patience with properties where things changed the last minute? Are you thinking of buying a property in the future and have your own family home but the news and house prices put you off on making this move? Do you think by changing the law, the process will be fairer and more transparent while stop house price inflation? If all the above sound familiar and bring bad memories
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