Clampdown On Payday Lenders Continues

Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a series of proposals to drive down the costs and improve the transparency of charges for payday loans customers. The plans include forcing lenders to provide details of their products on accredited comparison websites thus making it easier for new entrants to compete. It is hoped […]

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New Improved Pension Rules For Over 55’s From April 2015

The government has said it will simplify pension rules so that over-55s will be able to draw tax-free sums from their pension when it suits them. Under the existing rules, from the age of 55 people can take a 25% tax-free lump sum, but from April, you will no longer have to draw the whole […]

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Consumers Choose Different Ways to Finance Christmas

With just over 10 weeks to go until Christmas, new research shows how consumers are planning to finance their festive costs. A report from VoucherCodes claims that around a third of people have been worrying about the cost of Christmas since late summer, while one in five say that Christmas debt will be their biggest […]

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Lowest UK Inflation Rate Since 2009

UK inflation has dropped sharply to its lowest level in five years. The figures were much better than experts had predicted as the impact of falling petrol prices helped the CPI measure nudge closer towards the 1 per cent mark. The latest official statistics showed that Consumer Prices Index inflation tumbled from 1.5 per cent […]

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Families Fall Out About Switching on the Heating

New research from Moneysupermarket claims that a third of Brits argue with the people they live with about when’s the right time to turn the heating on. The findings also reveal that one in four people secretly turn the heating up without telling their partner or housemates. The reason for the in-home heating arguments comes […]

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Savings of up to £1 million to be protected under new rules

Under new rules proposed by the Bank of England people’s savings balances of up to £1 million will be protected in some circumstances. The proposals are designed to cover money temporarily deposited in an account for up to six months and will include the proceeds from the sale of a property. The Financial Services Compensation […]

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Only 1 in 10 Over-65s Have Made Provision For Care Costs

According to specialist insurer Partnership more than 90 per cent of people over the age of 65 have not made any financial arrangements to help cover future long-term care costs. As well as having no financial plans to pay for care three quarters of people have not discussed the topic with their families. Earlier this […]

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Popularity of Fixed Rate Mortgages On The Up

Latest figures from the Financial Conduct Authority reveal that almost 9 out of 10 mortgages were taken out on a fixed rate basis in the first three months of 2014. The data showed fixed rate mortgage sales increased by 40 per cent between 2012 and 2013, making up 88 per cent of UK mortgage completions […]

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Lloyds to Give iPads to New Mortgage Customers

Customers of Lloyds Bank, buying a property for the first time or moving home will receive a free iPad when they sign up for a mortgage. The promotion is open to those who successfully apply for a mortgage between 7 October and 27 November. With homeowners reportedly taking up to six weeks to get internet […]

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Cameron Commits to £50,000 Higher Rate Tax Limit

The Conservatives have thrown down the gauntlet to its rivals by announcing that it will raise the 40 per cent tax threshold from £41,900 to £50,000 if they win the 2015 General Election This was the promise made by David Cameron at this week’s Conservative Party Conference, a surprise move viewed by political experts as […]

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