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A fifth of borrowers overpay on their mortgage

| November 5, 2019

04 Nov 2019 Homeowners could be mortgage free sooner than they initially planned thanks to flexible mortgages that allow borrowers to overpay each month.  Data from Yorkshire Building Society shows a fifth (23%) of borrowers are in credit on their mortgage after making overpayments on their account. For some, overpayments can be a way to […]

11.5 million Brits victims of online shopping fraud

| October 30, 2019

30 Oct 2019 More than one in five (22%) people have fallen victim to fraudsters when shopping online, according to new findings from secure payments provider Shieldpay. This equates to some 11.5 million Brits who have, at some point in their lives, been defrauded when purchasing an item online. The cost to people’s pocket is significant: […]

Pocket money survey says kids earn record £4.38 a week

| October 29, 2019

29 Oct 2019 The nations’ parents may be worried about the future of the economy, but that’s not stopping them handing out increasing amounts of pocket money to their kids. National consumer confidence in the UK economy has been hit hard by Brexit uncertainty (currently at -9% quarter on quarter), but latest figures from RoosterMoney, […]

ABI calls for Chancellor to cut the rate of Insurance Premium Tax

| October 23, 2019

23 Oct 2019 The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is urging the Government in its forthcoming Budget due on 6 November to cut the rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) to ease the squeeze on families and businesses who do the right thing by taking out insurance. The standard rate of IPT has doubled since […]

Three quarters of UK tenants are happy renting

| October 22, 2019

22 Oct 2019 Three quarters (75%) of UK tenants are happy to rent, and a third of those (33%) are happy to rent forever, according to new research from buy-to-let focused marketplace lender, Landbay. The study questions 2,000 private renters in the UK, offering insight to landlords on the wants and needs of their tenants. Men […]

A third of UK adults paying an average of £120 a year on unused subscriptions

| October 15, 2019

15 Oct 2019 Almost a third (29%) of UK adults spend an average of £120 a year paying for unwanted policies, subscriptions, and memberships that they haven’t cancelled, according to new research by online bank Marcus by Goldman Sachs. Online subscription services (32%) are the most frequently forgotten subscriptions and policies to cancel, followed by gym […]

Seven out of 10 homes suffer as owners ignore maintenance

| October 8, 2019

14 Oct 2019 Seventy per cent of homeowners admit to ignoring property problems, because they’d rather spend their time and money on other things, according to new research from Aviva. The recent study of 2,000 homeowners shows property maintenance is way down many people’s priority lists. Aviva found: More than a quarter of homeowners (27%) […]

Travellers urged to avoid horror exchange rates at the airport and buy holiday money in advance

| October 7, 2019

07 Oct 2019 With half term fast approaching, Caxton, the international payments and foreign exchange specialist, is urging customers to buy their currency early and avoid the Halloween horror exchange rates at the airport. Exchange rates can prove confusing, but some people don’t appreciate exactly how much impact their last-minute currency purchase can have on […]

25 million UK employees yet to make a will

| October 1, 2019

30 Sep 2019 Just 23% of UK employees have made a current will, according to the Financial Wellbeing Index from Close Brothers. This means that up to 25 million UK workers may not have taken this crucial step to protect their financial health and to provide for their loved ones. This number rises to almost half […]

New research by Leeds Building Society sheds light on mortgage cashback

| September 27, 2019

25 Sep 2019 Stamp Duty, home improvements or immediately starting to pay down their new mortgage are all ways homebuyers would spend cashback from lenders, Leeds Building Society has discovered. The Society carried out national research* into mortgage cashback deals to find out whether borrowers valued this option and how they would spend this cash, […]