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Your top money searches of 2017

Meghan Markle, iPhone 8, Hurricane Irma and Fidget spinners were the top trending Google searches in 2017, but what brought you to the Money Advice Service site in the last 12 months? We reveal some of our most popular searches of the year.

Stamp duty rates

Stamp duty is always a popular search term, but it tops the list this year. That could well be down to the changes for first-time buyers announced at the budget in November.

Pension calculator

It’s good to see more people searching for information which will help them work out their likely retirement income.

Universal credit

The biggest change to the benefits system since…well since the benefits system was introduced. So it’s hardly surprising to see a lot of people searching for more information..

Working tax credit

This in-work benefit is one of six benefits brought together under Universal Credit. Many working people were keen to find out how this change is going to affect them. 

How much mortgage can I afford?

This is probably one of the most important personal finance questions you have to ask yourself. So it’s hardly surprising this has made it on to the list.

Equity release

Many older people have a lot of money tied up in their home and equity release can be a way to access this money.

First-time home buyer

It’s becoming harder and harder to get on the property ladder and many people are coming to us for guidance on how to go about buying their own place. 

Inheritance tax

Inheritance tax is a complicated issue and something we don’t like to think about until we need to. This means many head to our site for the advice they need.

How to save money

With four in ten people having less than £100 in savings, according to Money Advice Service research, it’s not hard to understand why this is a popular topic.

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