Inheritance planning

Lucy Warwick-Ching

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We’ll also have live Q&As with experts and audio interview podcasts linked to the latest news stories.

You can read and comment on the latest Money Matters blog posts, and we are also adding the newspaper columns to this page so you can also comment on these columns each week. Don’t worry – you will still be able to view or search for previous posts on this page.

Matthew Vincent

January transfer window latest: Man City have signed Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan on a six-month deal for an undisclosed fee, and are close to agreeing the £3.5m transfer of 19-year-old striker Victor Moses from Crystal Palace – but the Eastlands club will have to pay £14m to take Younes Kaboul from Portsmouth!

If your first reaction is, “Vieira’s never recaptured his form with Arsenal in 2004, so how’s he going to fit into a midfield with Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry, and Nigel de Jong…?”, then there’s not much more I can tell you (although I suppose Mancini could move Barry out to the left and rotate Vieira with de Jong…)

But if, as I suspect, your reaction is closer to, “Why should I care?”, then I’ve got two words for you… “Inheritance tax!”.

It’s not exactly a common chant on the terraces – but might become the talk of the directors’ box following the launch of a new tax-saving product, based on football transfer fees.

Josephine Cumbo

The internet has become the indomitable force of the century. So much so that it is now claiming dominion over death.

The Last Messages Club’, launched today, allows members to create personal, e-packages for recipients, which are stored electronically and emailed to loved ones and friends after you die. The messages might include a long-held secret, a profession of love or even a rant at a partner or boss. Videos and pictures can also be sent with your Last Messages, along with documents and other attachments.

The FT’s Money blog is a forum for the latest news and insights from the UK’s personal finance scene. Matthew Vincent, the editor of FT Money and his team of reporters will upload their views and insights on what’s happening in the industry and how this affects people’s finances.

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Lucy Warwick-Ching is the FT’s new Money Online Editor and has been a UK Companies reporter covering tobacco, pubs and leisure companies as well as the deputy editor on House and Home.

Matthew Vincent is the FT’s Personal Finance Editor and was previously the editor of Investors Chronicle, where he also devised the award-winning online video The Market Programme, and produced the BBC-FT standalone magazine ‘How to be Better Off’. He presents the weekly FT Money Show audio podcast, and previously worked on the BBC TV programmes Short Change and Pound for Pound.

Alice Ross is deputy personal finance editor of FT Money. She specialises in pensions, investments and investment trusts. Alice joined FT Money in April 2008 - prior to that she was deputy editor at Money Management magazine.

Ellen Kelleher has been a personal finance reporter in the UK for close to four years. Before arriving in London, she worked in the FT's New York bureau where she covered the insurance sector.

Steve Lodge is a personal finance reporter on FT Money specialising in savings.

Josephine Cumbo has written about all aspects of personal finance but currently specialises in insurance. She also covered company news for Prior to working at the FT she was a news reporter for the ABC.

Tanya Powley is a personal finance reporter on FT Money specialising in mortgages and the housing market. Tanya joined FT Money in November 2009 after working in Australia covering personal finance for the Australian Financial Review and its sister magazine Asset. Prior to that, Tanya wrote about mortgages for UK trade newspaper Money Marketing.

Jonathan Eley is editor of Investors Chronicle, and has been with the title for ten years. Before that he worked for newswires and trade journals in London, New York and Hong Kong.