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Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

Business
Buying a home is the most significant financial decision in most people's lives. For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing.So it is little wonder that house prices are an obsession for some, and a source of frustration for others.The financial crisis had huge implications for those wanting to buy or sell property.Here is the story of what has happened to the UK housing market in the past 10 years. 1. House prices are rising... or are they?The price of the average UK home has risen in the past 10 years, as you would expect. Prices of goods and services in general, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation, have increased faster.So, in real terms, the average UK house price has fallen compared with a decade ago.2. Price rises or falls depend on where yo...
Epik High tops charts with 'Love Story' featuring IU

Epik High tops charts with 'Love Story' featuring IU

Entertainment
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- South Korean hip hop group Epik High is topping charts with "Love Story" featuring IU.The K-pop group achieved a "certified all-kill" on South Korean charts with the new song Tuesday, according to Soompi."Love Story" reached No. 1 on Melon, Genie, Bugs, Mnet, Naver and Soribada charts, as well as iChart's realtime chart. The song will achieve a "perfect all-kill" if it also tops iChart's weekly chart."Love Story" appears on Epik High's latest album, We've Done Something Wonderful, which debuted Monday. The group released a music video featuring the song and "Home is Far Away" the same day.[embedded content]Epik High consists of members Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz. Tablo thanked fans for their support in a series of tweets Tuesday following We've Done Something Wonderfu...
These charts show how quickly bitcoin is growing

These charts show how quickly bitcoin is growing

Finance
As bitcoin soars to all-time highs, the pace of gains is rapidly picking up speed. For example, it took well over 1,000 days for each leg of bitcoin's climb from a few cents to $ 1,000, and from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. But since bitcoin topped $ 2,000 for the first time this May, the digital currency has added each incremental $ 1,000 to its price in less than 100 days. Each colored band in the chart below shows how long it took for bitcoin to climb from one psychologically key level to the other. The latest climb from $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 only took about 60 days. Bitcoin is gaining $ 1,000 at a faster and faster paceSource: CNBC analysis of CoinDesk dataBitcoin hit a record high of $ 5,856.10 Friday, a sixfold increase for the year, according to CoinDesk. The digital currency now has a market c...