As part of a raft of measures to boost home-building the Chancellor has announced – as hinted – a cut in duty for those buying a home for the first time. Where first-time buyers are spending £300,000 or less their entire purchase will be free of duty. Where properties are more expensive, the first £300,000 will be free of duty provided the property's total price is £500,000 or less. How much could be saved? The maximum saving would be £5,000, which is the duty arising on a £300,000 purchase.
The trend to move away from cash as a means of everyday spending is accelerating with the announcement of two new payment cards that enable users to save and spend forms of wealth other than money. Instead of linking to a bank account denominated in sterling or another traditional currency, these new cards are tied to accounts where wealth is measured in bitcoins and physical gold.
Like the Queen most of us don't know precisely – or even vaguely – where our savings are invested. Unlike the Queen, we don't get to learn about the minute detail of our investments from the front pages of newspapers. Yet most of us probably own the same or very similar investments as Her Majesty – just less of them. This is how it works. Millions of us contribute to Isas, and millions more are building up pensions through work or private investment.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".