Still too few customers switching banks

Bank customers could save an average of £70 a year by switching their current account to another provider, And heavy overdraft users – who’d benefit most from switching – are the least likely to do so, despite the fact they could save up to £260, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets […]

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Odd jobs cost Britain’s households £7.8 billion a year

Consumers spend more £7.8bn each year in total on tradesman visits, according to new research that explores the fear of picking up the toolbox. In the last 12 months, Brits have spent £294 on average employing a tradesperson to carry out minor repairs within their homes.  According to research from Swinton Insurance, the majority of Brits shy […]

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Co-operative Insurance warns of 38% spike in home thefts when clocks go back

Figures from The Co-operative Insurance have shown a huge spike in home and motor claims when the clocks change and daylight saving time ends. After reviewing claims data since 2013, The Co-operative Insurance can reveal that home theft claims increase by 38% in the five months after the clocks go back – this year scheduled to be on […]

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Consumers don’t know where to go for advice about ethical investing

New research from Castlefield, one of the UK’s leading specialists in responsible investment, reveals that investors are becoming increasingly savvy about risks and the consequences of damaging the environment. Following the increase in high profile individuals and pension funds looking to pull their investments out of fossil fuel companies, the survey found that 56% of investors […]

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Virgin Money looking to shake up the home insurance market

Buying and renewing your home insurance ought to be a straightforward job, but with different prices charged depending whether you buy direct from an insurer or via a price comparison site trying to get suitable cover at the right price has become a real chore. However things may be about to change as Virgin Money […]

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Over half of those planning to buy a car in the next six months will use a personal loan or credit card

  The latest figures from the Sainsbury’s car buying index  which tracks consumers’ car purchase intentions, reveal that over half (53%) of those planning to buy a car in the next six months intend to use an unsecured loan or credit card to purchase it. The main motivator for doing so for two in five (38%) is […]

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Innovative new ISA launched by AA Financial services

AA Financial Services this week launched a new ISA which enables savers can split their tax free savings between fixed and variable rate products within one online account. The one year fixed deal pays 1.76% and the two year fixed pays 2.01%. The easy-access variable product offers 1%, with no introductory bonus and transfers in are permitted. A spokesman for AA Financial Services said: […]

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Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ £150 Current Account Switching Offer to End on 30th November

Customers looking to switch their current account to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have until 30th November 2015 to benefit from a £150 switching offer. Following the success of the initiative, the Banks have announced that customers have until the end of November to benefit from the offer when they complete a full current account switch […]

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Bacs Bill Tracker reveals 18% growth in household bill “basket” since 2007

Regular household bills are rising relentlessly despite inflation remaining flat, according to figures from Bacs Payment Schemes , the people behind Direct Debit in the UK. A “basket” of the most common household bills paid by Direct Debit – including energy, water, mortgages and rent, council tax, broadband and phone, TV licensing, and household insurances […]

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Competitive rates are the deal breaker for consumers moving banks

As competition within the retail banking sector increases with the growth of challenger banks, Equifax research reveals that receiving the best rates is by far the biggest incentive for consumers looking to switch banks. In an online survey conducted by YouGov, 42% of people cited better deals and rates as a reason they would switch […]

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