The Great Debate UK

Budget? A fudge-it, more like

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Claer Barrett- Claer Barrett is associate editor of the Investors Chronicle. The opinions expressed are her own. She will participate in a Reuters Budget live blog at noon GMT on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Please tune in and join the discussion.

Covering the budget is usually an exciting time for a personal finance publication like the Investors Chronicle – but this year, the adrenaline has been replaced by apathy.

Is Alistair Darling really likely to make sweeping cuts or announce tax rises so close to a general election? Not ruddy likely. We think it will be the first budget of the new government that will contain most of the nasties (be it Tory, Labour, Lib Dem or a coalition of all three) and that the Chancellor’s speech will be more of a “fudge-it” than a budget.

Whilst our crack team of journalists is not expecting any earth-shattering news for private investors on Wednesday, the real budget – when it happens – offers plenty of worrying things to plan ahead for.

Women make better investors, if only more of them had a go

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Claer Barrett- Claer Barrett is associate editor of the Investors Chronicle. The opinions expressed are her own.Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

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