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😫🤠😧 Severn Trent, United Utilities and Pennon Group handed out the rewards as households face a cost-of-living squeeze from soaring inflation and rocketing energy bills. Company documents show that the businesses have paid out more than £50million to their chief executives since 2015. There has been public fury over the dumping of raw sewage into Britain's waterways. Water companies in England discharged waste into rivers on more than 400,000 occasions in 2020, according to a damning report by the Environment Agency published last year.

😫🤠😧 My wife and I run a B&B and we were contacted to list our website in its online database so searchers would find us.

😫🤠😧 Some of the companies targeted in the Financial Conduct Authority probe are those whose business practices we have questioned in recent months. Others are believed to have been included as a result of letters from MPs (on behalf of constituents), correspondence sent directly to the FCA by angry policyholders and appeals by consumer groups. The FCA even congratulated us on the work we have done this year, a rare accolade. Hurrah. OK, not a giant step forward, but it's progress.

😫🤠😧 It absorbed the information on what many readers think about the new insurance pricing rules (they're not working) and said it was on the case.

😫🤠😧 The changes will see the threshold for NI contributions rise from £9,880 to £12,570, meaning less of people's salaries will be subject to the tax.

😫🤠😧 UK retail investors are starting to ditch vaccine makers and losing patience with airline stocks, according to the latest quarterly stocks data from eToro seen by This is Money.

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😫🤠😧 Just over two weeks ago, Inchcape released an unexpected trading update. Having told shareholders back in April that profits would be around £300million for 2022, chief executive Duncan Tait said the group was now likely to do considerably better than that. At the beginning of this year, Inchcape shares were £9.40. Today they are £6.91, even after the recent profits upgrade. The slide reflects wider market worries about economic growth. The stock is a buy - and the dividend provides an income kicker too.

😫🤠😧 The agreement to sell ITP Aero to US private equity group Bain Capital forms a crucial part of Rolls' recovery plan after it was battered by the pandemic.

😫🤠😧 The humiliating milestone would be the latest blow to the credibility of Europe's single currency.

😫🤠😧 As anyone who has indulged in the brutal 'swipe left' culture of internet dating will testify, you don't often get a second chance to make a first impression. And the same is true when trying to sell your property. That's why, what lies at the front of your house - be it lawn, gravel or flagstones, can play a major role in making a sale. Here's how to make the most of it.

😫🤠😧 This is a business which thinks about the long term but delivers in the short term too. A winning combination.

😫🤠😧 As its name implies, the fund scours the world in search of companies that pay shareholders attractive dividends over the long term.

😫🤠😧 Today, almost everyone is weighing up the pros and cons of electric vehicles, which in turn could mean a golden investment opportunity, according to Maike Currie of Fidelity International. 'Consumer scepticism around EVs is abating - gone are the days where people questioned whether they would get them to the shops, the availability of charging points and what happens if the car breaks down,' she says.

😫🤠😧 Mortgage prisoners typically agreed loans before the financial crisis of 2008, in the days of easy credit. Now, after the introduction of stricter mortgage rules, they are seen as too risky, leaving them locked in sky-high default rates and unable to switch provider. Co-op Bank last month launched a legal challenge to prevent the Financial Ombudsman Service investigating a complaint about the fairness of rates charged to one customer, Gwen Davies. A decision is expected imminently. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mortgage Prisoners has criticised the bank's 'unfair rate increases' after some 'very disturbing reports' about the treatment of vulnerable customers.

😫🤠😧 Many motorists will have received a dreaded charge in the post and in some cases, unjustifiably so. If that's you, it's time to fight back. Elsewhere, we talk about Halifax's mortgage move, whether it can pay to fix energy bill, highlight the five FTSE 100 firms with the biggest share price falls this year and how small business owners tackle telling their customers that price rises are afoot.

😫🤠😧 Samsung says its SmartThings app helps users track and cut energy use - but they will need to invest in costly tech devices first.

😫🤠😧 One in 10 adults had already cut contributions or stopped paying into a pension altogether in early spring, before the cost of living crisis had really set in, according to a new survey. Four out of five people were concerned about making ends meet, and three quarters said they needed to take action to cope with pressure on their budgets, found the national poll by Scottish Widows. Finance experts fear the current cost of living pressures and volatile financial markets could deter saving and dent pension contributions.

😫🤠😧 The full new state pension is worth £185.15 a week. To get this you must have 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions.

😫🤠😧 Complaints about goods that were poor quality, faulty or not as described soared by 138% last year, according to dispute service Resolver.

😫🤠😧 Upwardly mobile and edging towards premium class, Peugeot's pitting itself against rivals such as Germany's Volkswagen and Korea's Hyundai. But its crop of stylish models on offer, such as the new 408 (pictured) and coming down the line is better than how the public perceives the brand image and experience. And that has to change, she says. When Julie took over 18 months ago, she undertook secret 'mystery shopper' trips to showrooms with her sons.

😫🤠😧 Last year, 112,000 cars were reported as stolen in the UK, with a combined value of £260m. However, just one in 20 car thefts leads to charges.

😫🤠😧 The French marque has given a distinctive derriere to its 4.6m-long, four-door fastback alternative to mid-sized models.

😫🤠😧 In November 2019, I was involved in a car accident sustaining injuries to my back. The driver who hit my vehicle admitted full liability at the time to both his and my insurance companies. Minster Law Solicitors took over my compensation claim on my behalf but as, yet I have received nothing. I run my own dog walking business out of my van, so once the vehicle was written off, I had to purchase a new one out of my own pocket.

😫🤠😧 To put a lid on rising bills borrowers are rushing to lock in cheap fixed rates before they disappear - even if it means paying steep penalties.

😫🤠😧 Sterling is down more than 9 per cent this year against the dollar and has also fallen, though less steeply, against the euro. Ordinary Britons will certainly notice that the pound in their pocket is worth a lot less if they are taking holidays in Disneyland or the Big Apple. But can this be good for business, Ruth Sunderland and Alex Brummer debate the issue.

😫🤠😧 I would like the security of one, but have stayed away because I thought they were poor value.

😫🤠😧 The average cost of a home in the UK hit a record high of £271,613 last month- up a bumper 10.7% or £26,000 on a year earlier.

😫🤠😧 From Wednesday 6 July 2022, any newly launched vehicle sold in EU countries - not including cars already in showrooms today - will need to have Intelligent Speed Assistance fitted as standard, which can automatically limit a car's speed to the legal limit at all times. The UK Government says the same rules will not come into effect in Britain next month, saying 'no decision has been taken' on whether ISA will be a requirement. Here's what you need to know about the tech, how it works, when we might see it and what it means for the future of driving.

😫🤠😧 The ID. Aero previews Volkswagen's first fully-electric saloon car, aiming to provide more rear interior space and comfort than any battery model it currently offers. It is widely expected to be called the ID.6, continuing the size-related number lineage already in place for the company's all-electric passenger models. Production for the Chinese market will start in around a year's time, while cars built for the European market will start towards the end of 2023.

😫🤠😧 The McMurtry Spéirling, a 200mph single-seater that uses two fans to suck it to the road, posted a time of 39.08 seconds at the 1.16-mile route with former F1 driver Max Chilton.

😫🤠😧 Drivers are being warned to be alert for a rise in 'ghost broking' scams that largely originate on social media targeting younger motorists.

😫🤠😧 The utility giant will join French rival EDF as a significant backer of the plant alongside the British Government. The Prime Minister wants Sizewell C to be one of up to eight new reactors built by 2030. It is a core part of his energy security strategy launched in April after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Centrica's commitment will help smooth a path towards a restructuring of the £20billion joint venture and the removal of Chinese state-backed CGN as an investor.

😫🤠😧 Dannatt is fronting a group of UK-based investors to acquire CF Industries' factory in Ince, Cheshire, which could save hundreds of jobs.

😫🤠😧 Disentangling Britain's trade performance post-Brexit and the pandemic is hugely complicated. At first glance, Britain's first quarter current account deficit, calculated at 8.7 per cent of national output, looks nastily out of whack. The ONS breakdown of the data shows that net inflows into the UK in the first quarter of 2022 stood at £29.6billion or 4.8 per cent of national output. That substantially reduces the amount of net borrowing required to fund the current account deficit. The most recent data for April (which excludes capital flows) shows that in spite of unusually high energy costs, the trade shortfall is actually narrowing. Clearly, a current account deficit on the scale experienced in the first quarter cannot be a good thing. The notion, however, that the balance of payments is somehow responsible for the decline on the pound this year is misplaced.

😫🤠😧 The Kremlin has drawn up plans to transfer ownership of the Sakhalin-2 plant, located in the far east of the country, to a new Russian firm.

😫🤠😧 The retailer will face shareholders at its annual general meeting and is expecting a significant backlash over Rowe's £2.6m pay packet.

😫🤠😧 Amid turmoil on financial markets worldwide, BAE rose 1 per cent, or 8.2p, to 838.4p, taking gains for 2022 to 52 per cent.

😫🤠😧 With fears of recession mounting, official figures showed inflation in the single currency bloc hit 8.6 per cent in June on the back of sharply higher food and fuel prices.

😫🤠😧 Only now, after more than a decade of keeping the Bank of England's printing presses running, a new generation is starting to understand that there is no such thing as a magic money tree. Bank of England economists Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning's book - aimed at sixth formers and interested lay people - has sparked a political row

😫🤠😧 A couple of months ago, we visited a car park, paid the correct amount and left before the ticket expired. Shortly afterwards, a parking charge came through the post. After two appeal rejections, I took it through the independent appeals service where it was magically cancelled.

😫🤠😧 It seems with every passing year the homeownership aspiration shared by so many young Britons becomes ever more the distant dream. Surging house prices, soaring inflation and low savings rates mean that the goal posts are constantly moving. The typical UK home has risen by 68 per cent over the past 10 years, according to ONS data, whereas average wages have only grown by 31 per cent during that time.

😫🤠😧 Energy regulator Ofgem has set out a £20.9bn package to upgrade the grids across Britain, which includes £2.7bn of upfront funding to boost capacity.

😫🤠😧 We pick four multi-million detached homes for sale that are within a short stroll to Wimbledon's Centre Court. Pictured (clockwise from top left) are: A six-bed property in Wimbledon Village, a six-bed house on Wimbledon Common, a seven-bed house in Wimbledon Village and a six-bed townhouse in Wimbledon.

😫🤠😧 Inner London property prices have not kept pace in percentage terms with the rest of Britain since the Brexit vote in June 2016, our exclusive analysis reveals.

😫🤠😧 Isn't it a bit of an odd time to finally get rid of this, just as interest rates are finally rising and the base rate has jumped from 0.1 per cent to 1.25 per cent in six months? We discuss why the Bank of England is doing this and whether it is the right move, or could lead to risky lending and even higher house prices? Plus, inflation-fighting savings, current accounts to switch to, why investors aren't buying the dips, and can your neighbour build on your wall?

😫🤠😧 A 'mild' recession could be a 'distinct possibility' if consumer spending slows down further and the EU and US fall into their own recessions, according to KPMG.

😫🤠😧 An IPO (initial public offering) or flotation seems to offer the chance of a stake in a success story that's possibly destined for even greater things. There are thrills and spills along the way. In 2021 a record 1,095 companies went public worldwide. Bens Creek, a UK company that mines coal for steel making, made its stock market debut at 10p. Its shares now stand at 42p. The stockbroker Peel Hunt is now offering a service allowing easier access to IPOs for clients of AJ Bell, Hargreaves Lansdown and Interactive Investor. It says that private investors were able to take part in just 21 of the 182 flotations in the UK since October 2020.

😫🤠😧 It is often heard when stock markets stage a brief comeback at a time when pessimism and woe have driven share prices lower.

😫🤠😧 The business follows its larger rival Tesco, which last month revealed shoppers are changing spending habits in order to save cash.

😫🤠😧 Fresh analysis of figures dating back to 2008 shows a meteoric rise in the number of savers using the government's Pension Tracing Service. Enquiries rose from an equivalent rate of 173 a day in 2008 to around 5,780 per day in 2020 - more than 33 times' the original figure. The service aims to reunite people with abandoned pension pots, which increase in number when you swap jobs, move home, and lose touch with your providers.

😫🤠😧 I went to the Coventry Building Society to arrange a transfer of my Isa from Metro Bank, but nothing happened. I thought transferring an Isa took 15 days.

😫🤠😧 NS&I is Britain's biggest savings provider and looks after £207bn for 25 million people. Premium Bonds are its most popular account.

😫🤠😧 The MG4 will be offered as a cut-price alternative to popular battery-powered hatches already on the market, including the Volkswagen ID.3 and Nissan Leaf from early next year. But the most eye-catching feature is that it will debut an all-new platform and 'One Pack' battery system, which from launch offers up to 280 miles of range. The one-size-fits-all battery pack is not only ultra-thin and extremely light, but can be upgraded with over the air updates, or swapped entirely if a customer wants more power or range.

😫🤠😧 The Frankfurt state prosecutor's office said searches had been carried out at eight properties linked to the Korean car makers in Germany and Luxembourg.

😫🤠😧 All I am hearing at the moment is that the energy price cap is going to go up again in October by hundreds of pounds. I'm on a standard tariff, but I recently got the offer of a fixed-rate deal from my supplier. I haven't been tempted so far because it looks so expensive. But am I wrong? Should I be locking into a fixed energy tariff?

😫🤠😧 Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and a variety of charges can leave investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

😫🤠😧 We pick our five favourite cash Isas for savers. This is essential Isa reading and is kept up-to-date throughout the year

😫🤠😧 The average two-year and five-year fixed rate increased again in April, reaching 2.86% and 3.01% respectively.

😫🤠😧 If you are interested in buying shares or know more about unearthing good companies and valuing them, read our guide to share investing.

😫🤠😧 Buy-to-let lost some of its spark in recent years but that might be about to change as new tax cuts and low mortgage rates have caused landlords to flock back to the market.



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