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How to go on holiday… from your living room! You can visit Disney World and the Vatican for free

Many will be left frustrated after their holidays around the globe have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. This could leave them with a case of post-holiday blues, without ever being able to take the trip in the first place and locked down in their homes to boot. However, those looking for adventure shouldn't despair. It is still possible to take a detailed tour around some of the world's most recognisable sights - which could be a great way to educate children and adults alike - from the comfort of their own sofa.The millions who were planning to head abroad this year to visit well known attractions, explore new places as well as educate themselves at art and history museums, can do so at home whether this is a trip cancelled or one that could potentially be canned.  Trip: Disappointe...

Trusts that can be a cash oasis in the dividend desert

Opportunities for people to extract a worthwhile income from their savings and investments are decreasing – by the day. Difficult times, no two ways about it, for this country's army of savers and investors, though of course nothing like as stressful as it is for those on the NHS frontline. Banks and building societies are now beginning to feed the two latest cuts to Bank Base Rate through to interest rates on savings accounts, making even worse what was already a savings sow's ear.  Dried up: Opportunities for people to extract a worthwhile income from their savings and investments are decreasing – by the dayOf course, savers have the assurance that the monetary value of their cash is protected, but annual interest of 0.1 per cent (if you're lucky) won't help pay many bills. And to make m...

Mid Wynd managers sell the US and look east to beat slump

MID WYND INVESTMENT TRUST: The global managers selling US shares and looking to the East to beat slumpBy Jeff Prestridge, Financial Mail on Sunday Published: 21:57, 4 April 2020 | Updated: 08:54, 6 April 2020 The managers of investment trust Mid Wynd have not been slow in reacting to the economic turmoil resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.In recent weeks, the Artemis team that runs the £250million trust has been busy shifting the portfolio geographically towards the East, buying new stakes – or topping up existing ones – in both Japanese and Chinese companies. In contrast, selective holdings in US companies have been disposed of. The result is a global investment fund that's now far more defensive than it was a month ago. Out have gone US banking stocks Citigroup and Citizens Financia...

How is Fundsmith’s Terry Smith handling the great crash?

Until last Thursday, Terry Smith, manager of the £16.7 billion Fundsmith Equity investment fund, was in total lockdown. He was not even allowed to go out to shop for food or visit a pharmacy. Confined to barracks with a punch bag, boxing gloves, skipping rope, desktop computer and a library of books for company. This is because Smith, 67 next month, directs his successful investment business Fundsmith from Mauritius, an island located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and more renowned for tourists kite-surfing, fishing and swimming with wild dolphins than its reputation for investment acumen.  Fighting talk: Terry Smith is keeping fit while holed up on the paradise island of MauritiusAnd Mauritius is currently dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus – brought in by tourists – in a far mor...

Charities cry out for funding as some have just six months before they run out of funds

Charities face a grim future and even the threat of closure over the next couple of months if they're not helped urgently and given funds to stay afloat, many are warning.Thousands of charities are in a difficult position and are appealing for funds from the public or face bankruptcy as fundraising events are cancelled or postponed and donations reduce or dry up, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.Their financial difficulties are set to scupper ability to provide vital services to the public as the coronavirus takes hold, the Charities Aid Foundation claims.Across the country, charities are losing out on millions of pounds as they find themselves unable to operate the during peak fundraising season which typically starts last month and ends in September. Last year during the peak fundraisi...

Child benefit claims plummet, meaning more parents lose state pension credits

The number of families claiming child benefit has plunged by 44,000 to 7.28million over a year, putting more parents at risk of a poorer old age.Parents - mostly mums - can end up tens of thousands of pounds worse off in retirement because not claiming deprives them of valuable credits towards their state pension.This is Money is campaigning to get the Government to hand back all lost credits when parents belatedly claim child benefit. It currently refuses to backdate them for more than three months. Child benefit: Many parents don't claim because they aren't entitled to the payments, and don't realise the important link to their future state pensionChild benefit claims have fallen by well over half a million since 2012, according to new HMRC statistics covering the period up to August 201...

My inherited pension pot is down a fifth in value – what should I do?

I'm a widow with young twins who inherited a £148,000 pension pot after my husband died, but it's down 18% - what should I do? Steve Webb repliesBy Steve Webb for This Is Money Published: 07:27, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 07:27, 6 April 2020 I would like to ask you some serious questions about my pension decisions. My husband passed away in summer 2019.He had a lump sum pension at a big pension company. Recently, due to the virus outbreak, the value has gone down a lot from £148,400 to £121,000 in current market value.I am under pressure to make a decision on whether to take it out now with a loss or to wait for when the market gets better, and I don't know when the virus will be controlled and stopped. Pension dilemma: I inherited a £148k pot after my husband died, but it's down by nearly a ...

Tom Holland Is Reportedly Single Again

Mike MarslandGetty Images Tom Holland and his family friend Olivia Bolton were first romantically linked last July, when photos of the two on a date in London's Hyde Park were released on the internet. Now, the two have reportedly called it quits, per The Daily Mail. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star and Bolton are said to have decided they are better off as friends in an amicable breakup. "Tom and Olivia remain very close but decided recently it was best for them to be just friends rather than a couple," a source told the publication. At the time they were first photographed together, The Sun reported that the two had already been dating for months. Holland and Bolton have been friends since they were children. "Tom and Olivia’s family have been friends for years, but it took some time for ...

Tom Holland Has Reportedly Been Dating His Girlfriend Olivia Bolton ‘for Months’

Update, 4/5/20: Tom Holland and his girlfriend, Olivia Bolton, have reportedly split, according to The Daily Mail. They were first romantically linked in July 2019. The pair have been friends since they were children and are said to have decided to just be friends once more. Original, 7/19/19: Tom Holland nearly broke some parts of the internet when photos came out of him and a blonde woman out on a date in Hyde Park this week. The pictures of the affectionate couple definitively killed rumors that he and his Spider-Man co-star Zendaya were secretly dating and sparked a mystery: Who is the girl he's with? The Sun got the answer: Her name's Olivia Bolton, she's British, she works for a digital production company in London, and she's a family friend.The British outlet reports that the two ha...

Here’s What Queen Elizabeth Has to Say About Coronavirus

On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth is addressing the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in a broadcasted speech that is airing in Britain at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. EDT in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, the speech contains remarks that will attempt to unite the British people as well as to acknowledge the suffering that people have gone through during this time. She will also thank the National Health Service (NHS)'s workers and other volunteers. "I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time," she said, according to excerpts released ahead of the broadcast remarks. "A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."It's very rare that the ...

Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles Went on a Socially Distant Drive Together

CBS Photo ArchiveGetty Images It's not easy to have a social interaction during this time of quarantine, unless Zoom or FaceTime is involved. Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner found a way to be social—and distant—this past week. On Thursday, Jenner took her lavender 1960 Cadillac Eldorado out on the road for a drive, and her ex-boyfriend Styles rode alongside her on his motorcycle, per Just Jared. Just Jared says the person on the motorcycle next to Jenner appears to be Styles, but it's not out of the question that this is true. The site says the two were seen together on February 18 at Sony’s 2020 BRIT Awards After-Party. Jenner was wearing a shimmery green dress while Styles was in a bright yellow and purple Marc Jacobs outfit. Since the two were first seen together having dinner in West H...

Netflix Is Reportedly Releasing a New Tiger King Episode Next Week

Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesGetty Images Netflix's Tiger King has been a big topic of conversation during this global pandemic. People are stuck indoors during self-quarantine. People have many opinions about animal-rights activist Carole Baskin and former private zoo owner Joe Exotic. Even Cardi B has weighed in on her thoughts about the show and its characters. And, it turns out, we might be getting a bonus episode of the documentary series on Netflix. Jeff Lowe, the man who eventually became the owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (also known as G.W. Zoo), told Los Angeles Dodgers player in a Cameo video that the streaming service was filming and airing another episode. "Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be on next week. Th...