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Brits put their credit at risk

| December 13, 2017

13 Dec 2017  Thousands of UK adults have no idea that they are credit checked for financial products, from utility bills, mortgage applications and credit cards, according to a new study from Amigo Loans. The research found that more than 51% of UK adults have never checked their credit score, meaning that thousands could be […]

Nearly half put their Christmas shopping at risk in the car

| December 12, 2017

12 Dec 2017  With shoppers set to spend nearly £700 in total on Christmas this year – £100 more than last year – M&S Bank is encouraging motorists to check their car insurance before heading out Christmas shopping, ensuring the gifts they’ve purchased aren’t at risk from opportunistic thieves this festive season. Research from M&S […]

Variable rate best options for starting the savings habit

| December 11, 2017

11 Dec 2017  All of Yorkshire Building Society’s variable rate savings accounts receive a 0.25% interest boost from Thursday (14 December) and there’s no time like the present to start the savings habit. Variable rate accounts are now a much more attractive option for those looking to build a nest egg Recent research from Equifax […]

More than 8 million people will use an overdraft to cover Christmas costs

| December 11, 2017

11 Dec 2017 With the Christmas period fast approaching, people across the country are already preparing to make changes to improve their finances in 2018. In a recent survey to help promote a better understanding of Basic Bank Accounts, Virgin Money found that one in six people expect the cost of Christmas to mean they are […]

Commuters carry over £500m worth of valuables on TFL network but lose 330,000 of them in a year

| December 11, 2017

11 Dec 2017  Commuters are carrying valuables worth more than £516 million every year, new research from Policy Expert has revealed. 8.6 million people travel across the TFL network, each carrying valuables worth more than £600, with mobile phones, jewellery and wearable gadgets all making the list of the most common items. In addition to […]

Top 5 tips to consider before cashing in your pension

| December 6, 2017

06 Dec 2017 Introduced in April 2015 the pension changes brought freedom and choice on how to take income in retirement. It means that most individuals, age 55 or over, can now withdraw as much or little income, as and when they like from their defined contribution (DC) pension scheme. It may be tempting to […]

Consumers spend more time researching a holiday than a new car

| December 6, 2017

06 Dec 2017 Only 78% of British car buyers say they typically do any research at all before purchasing a car according to a study by car finance provider Black Horse. This is less than buyers researching a holiday (84%) and only slightly more than those who research smaller purchases such as a mobile phone […]

A quarter of businesses don’t think UK banks have changed their behaviour since the 2008 global financial crisis

| December 6, 2017

05 Dec 2017 A quarter (24%) of UK SMEs believe that banks have failed to change the way they behave since the global financial crisis in 2008. The survey of UK SMEs from CivilisedBank, the new UK business bank with a Local Banker network, also reveals that over half (55%) of those surveyed believe that […]

SpareRoom reveals half of 20 somethings want to buy before they reach 30

| November 29, 2017

29 Nov 2017 With Brexit anxiety, interest rates on the up and house prices expected to stall, the current property market is a minefield for anyone looking to buy in the UK. Despite this uncertain time, the desire for Brits to get on the property ladder is still strong, especially among those in their 20s. A survey […]

Burglary victims 2.5 times as likely to be targeted again

| November 28, 2017

28 Nov 2017   Homeowners who have been a victim of a break in are two and a half times as likely, as someone who hasn’t, to be targeted again, according to Co-op Insurance’s latest claims data. Furthermore, for those homeowners who are unfortunately targeted a second time, Co-op’s claims data reveals this is approximately 16 […]