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Does the Queen have more money than previously thought?

Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)

The Queen is “wealthier than the palace would like us to believe”, the author of a book has claimed.

While the Queen’s day-to-day expenses are funded by the taxpayer, she and the Royal Family have some level of inherited and established wealth, built up through hundreds of years of tradition and precedent.

Now David McClure, a broadcaster and author who has spent three years investigating how much the Queen could truly be worth, has claimed it is up to £400m – about £50m more than previously believed.

The amount the Queen receives each year from the taxpayer, called the Sovereign Grant, is determined by the value of the Crown Estate, land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is owned by the monarch, while they are the monarch.

Separately she has the Duchy of

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Does the Queen have more money than previously thought

Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth, here at the 2013 the State Opening of Parliament, could be worth £400m. (Reuters)

The Queen is “wealthier than the palace would like us to believe”, the author of a book has claimed.

While the Queen’s day-to-day expenses are funded by the taxpayer, she and the Royal Family have some level of inherited and established wealth, built up through hundreds of years of tradition and precedent.

Now David McClure, a broadcaster and author who has spent three years investigating how much the Queen could truly be worth, has claimed it is up to £400m – about £50m more than previously believed.

The amount the Queen receives each year from the taxpayer, called the Sovereign Grant, is determined by the value of the Crown Estate, land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is owned by the monarch, while they are the monarch.

Separately she has the Duchy of

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Where’s My Second Stimulus Check? 32 Answers to Your COVID-19 Money Questions

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job loss and financial uncertainty — even for those who are still employed — due to market volatility and a global economy that’s been crushed by closures and lockdowns. With so much upheaval, many Americans are left struggling to figure out their best financial moves. From losing a job to retiring and life in between, here are the answers to some of the most pressing coronavirus money questions.

Last updated: Sept. 18, 2020

Will There Ever Be a Second Stimulus Bill?

Congress has thus far been unable to agree on exactly what a second round of relief funding would entail. Democrats previously proposed a $3 trillion bill and then suggested $2 trillion in relief, while Republicans proposed a $300 billion “skinny” relief bill. Some experts, including Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economic correspondent, believe a second relief bill — and the second

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The Best Way to Save Money While Shopping Online, According to Experts

Whether you’re worried about your job security or trying to pay down debt, there are plenty of good reasons to put away a little extra cash these days. It’s not just maxing out your IRA or brown bagging your lunch that can help you keep more money in the bank, though. If you want to save money on the things you’re buying online on a regular basis, from groceries to clothes to housewares, there’s one simple trick for doing so that experts swear by: using a browser extension.

“You’re already shopping these retailers, so why not earn a little extra cash back on your purchase?” asks consumer analyst Julie Ramhold with DealNews.com, who recommends browser extension Rakuten for major savings. While Ramhold cautions that not every product category is included in deals on these extensions, in many cases, you can get a ton of cash back.

“For instance, Old Navy

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DGA builds online money machine to replace in-person fundraisers

The Democratic Governors Association’s digital program is outraising its traditional big-dollar donor operation, a major shift for a campaign committee that is grappling both with the pandemic and the limited attention span of traditional donors.

For the first six months of the year, the DGA’s digital program outraised its finance program, staffers say, the first time in the committee’s history that has happened. The committee is also seeing rapid growth in online donors: It raised $2 million in the first quarter of the year and nearly $7 million in the second — and in August alone, its online program raised $5.4 million dollars, more than it raised for the entirety of both 2016 and 2018.

The DGA is projecting that its online program will raise six times the amount its high-dollar and corporate donor program brings in — extending a crucial lifeline to the committee as the traditional fundraising circuit,

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31 Hidden Ways You’re Bleeding Money Every Month

There are some expenses you plan for every month — your rent or mortgage, utilities, your cellphone bill, etc. — but there are also a lot of hidden expenses you’re paying for regularly that you might not be aware of. These little costs could quickly add up, whittling away at your hard-earned paycheck.

Uncover the hidden ways you’re losing money every month, so you can start making moves to stop the bleeding.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

Not Tracking Your Spending

You should be able to account for every dollar you spend. Keep track of your spending with a budgeting app, spreadsheet or even a notebook. Simply recording what you’re spending money on will make it easier to spot any hidden expenses.

Shopping for Seasonal or Holiday Items In-Season

Many stores put their displays of seasonal goods up front where they’re hard to resist — but don’t fall into this

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Biden lavishes time and money on key industrial states, but hasn’t locked them down yet

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigns in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday. <span class="copyright">(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)</span>
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigns in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The worst strategic mistake Hillary Clinton made in her 2016 campaign for president, many analysts believe, was overconfidence about three states Democrats had won in every presidential election since 1992 — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

No one is going to accuse Joe Biden of taking those states for granted.

The Democrats’ presidential nominee is showering money, staff and time over those states — the “blue wall” that crumbled when Donald Trump’s victories by tiny margins in all three propelled him to the White House.

By this weekend, Biden will have made five trips to those battleground states in less than two weeks.

He traipsed across Pennsylvania as he began venturing from quarantine in his Delaware home last month. On Friday, both he and Trump are scheduled to be in the state at the very

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16 Effective Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Saving money can be hard for a number of reasons. Often, there is not a large margin between what most people earn and what most people spend. Without some type of strategy, that little bit that’s left over every month can be spent all too easily. Cutting back on your expenses is a great way to start saving money. However, if you’re searching for ways to tuck away a bit of extra savings, these 16 tricks might be the solutions to your saving problems.

Last updated: Sept. 8, 2020

Automate Your Savings

Perhaps the simplest way to save without even thinking about it is to set up an automated savings plan. Most financial institutions allow you to set up regular transfers from your checking account to a savings or investment account.

Read: 8 Tips From People Who Saved Millions

Why This Works

Automation is a great way to save because

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2 Big Money Moves for Your Largest Asset

It can be hard to make the next big financial move once you reach that midlife rhythm in life. Steady job — check. Short-term savings — check. Life insurance — check. Home ownership — check.

If you feel like you’ve already tallied the musts of a responsible adult, take a look at your largest asset — your home. Leverage the investment of your home and make your money work for you with a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or refinance through Figure.

While you can get the same services through almost any financial institution, Figure can reduce your wait time to mere minutes. A refinance or HELOC can be a game-changer once you’re focused on the financial long-term, and Figure makes both easy to figure out.

Refinance or HELOC? That is the question.

A refinance and a HELOC offer you 2 totally different avenues.

A mortgage refinance means you

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