Peer to peer lender Zopa returns £50m in interest to UK consumers

Peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa  announced today that it has returned a total of over £50m in interest to UK consumers since launch in the same week it also passes £800m in total lifetime lending. Zopa has consistently delivered higher returns to consumers since it was set up 10 years ago with rates averaging 5.6% (after […]

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Over half of people aged 65 or over have been targeted by fraudsters

A new Age UK survey has found that 53 per cent of older people (aged 65+) believe they’ve been targeted by fraudsters, and that while many do not respond, of those who do 70 per cent of people of all age groups said that they had personally lost money. The research suggests that a third […]

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Protect your garden from thieves and vandals

New research from M&S  Bank reveals  that nearly a quarter of people with  a garden shed admit to leaving it unlocked, with more than one in ten saying  they  never  secure  it, despite the contents of a typical shed being valued at more than £570 Nearly a fifth of respondents revealed that their shed contained more than […]

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No let-up in credit card best buy scramble

The recent move by Virgin Money offering a 0% balance transfer card for 36 months has triggered the expected response from its competitors. Halifax and Lloyds Bank both increased interest free terms from 34 to 35 months with balance transfer fees of 2.80% and 3.00% whilst Sainsbury’s Bank upped its game to 34 months and […]

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Last minute dash expected as ISA season draws to a close

With the tax year ending at midnight this Sunday, investment service provider Willis Owen is expecting its busiest weekend of annual ISA sales as savers rush to beat the deadline. This is despite major pension freedoms coming into effect on Monday and the upcoming General Election prompting some retail investors to delay activity. Jason Chapman, […]

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Over 55’s oblivious to tax bombshell when withdrawing cash from their pension pots

Nearly nine in 10 of over 55’s are unaware they will face an income tax bill when taking out a cash lump sum under the new pension freedom rules being introduced by the Government, according to new research from Sanlam Wealth Planning.. The new study, which questioned 2,000 people over the age of 55 across […]

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Offset mortgages – a smarter way to use your savings

An offset mortgage is a smart and tax efficient way to cut your mortgage costs, yet surprisingly only around ten per cent of borrowers are currently taking advantage of this type of home loan. It can be a big money saver for mortgage borrowers and makes even more sense in times like these when interest […]

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10 common myths about pensions

Pensions have repeatedly hit the headlines over the last year with radical reforms announced in both the 2014 and 2015 Budgets. Despite the improved awareness of pensions that has undoubtedly resulted from changes to the retirement market, many savers find pensions a confusing and complicated subject. David Smith, Financial Planning Director at Tilney Bestinvest dispels […]

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Do your homework before choosing your pension options

The forthcoming pension ‘freedoms’ have been dominating the personal finance news over the last few months and as we approach 6th April it is important that customers understand their choices and what it will mean for them in retirement. The most important thing to stress is that just because these sweeping pension reforms start next […]

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Osborne unveils new ISA for first time buyers

George Osborne unveiled details of a new help-to buy ISA in today’s budget in a bid to help first time buyers. Under the terms of the scheme first-time-buyers can receive a financial bonus of up to £3,000 each to put towards the deposit for their first home. Savers taking part in this initiative will have their savings […]

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