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Financial troubles cause stress for over 40% of the UK

| January 26, 2016

Research from Equifax reveals that 42% of people in the UK have experienced stress or anxiety due to financial difficulties and the majority of consumers (58%) are unaware that financial organisations and utility providers have a responsibility to help consumers if they encounter financial difficulty. The online survey, conducted by YouGov, highlights that when faced […]

Households underestimate annual bills by £39 billion

| January 26, 2016

As many British households feel the squeeze ahead of the January pay day and look to review their finances for the year ahead, new research from Santander Current Accounts1 reveals bill payers underestimated their main expenses – council tax, utilities and TV, phone and broadband – by an average of £1,459 last year. That’s equivalent […]

Cash incentives galore as banks fight for new current account customers

| January 19, 2016

We may only be a couple of weeks into the New Year, but it’s clear that the desire from the banks to win a bigger share of the current account market is stronger than ever. Whilst Santander increased the monthly fee on its 123 account from £2 to £5 last Monday, its rivals have been […]

Eight weeks remaining for card security product holders to claim compensation

| January 18, 2016

People who bought certain card security products have eight weeks left to make a claim under a compensation scheme set up with the agreement of the Financial Conduct Authority. Anyone who received an AI Scheme Limited compensation claim pack in the post in August or September last year and who wishes to claim compensation must return […]

More than four in five Brits planning winter getaway

| January 18, 2016

More than four in every five people in the UK are looking to get away this winter and leave behind the wettest December on record, according to a new study by credit card company MBNA. With December 2015 being hailed as Britain’s wettest month in more than a century 83 per cent of people surveyed by […]

Cash incentives galore as banks fight for our current account custom

| January 13, 2016

We may only be a couple of weeks into the New Year, but it’s clear that the desire from the banks to win a bigger share of the current account market is stronger than ever. Whilst Santander increased the monthly fee on its 123 account from £2 to £5 last Monday, its rivals have been […]

40% of car and home insurance customers have suffered claims issues

| January 13, 2016

More than two out of five motor and home insurance customers have suffered delays and problems when making claims, new research from insurance experts Consumer Intelligence shows. Its study found nearly one in five suffered delays in processing claims while one in seven had to go back with extra information after making a claim. However the […]

Expected retirement incomes rise for third year in a row

| January 13, 2016

People planning to retire in the coming 12 months expect to receive an annual income of £17,700 – the third annual increase in a row – according to the latest research by Prudential. Each year Prudential conducts unique research into the financial plans and aspirations of people planning to retire in the year ahead. This […]

Credit cards – will the balance transfer market to peak in 2016?

| January 7, 2016

We’re barely a week into the new year yet the battle for 0% credit card business is already well underway with MBNA throwing down the gauntlet to its rivals with its longest ever 39 month Platinum Card 0% balance transfer offer (with BT fee 2.98%). This move has been swiftly followed by Halifax upping its […]

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Launch New Loan Rates

| January 7, 2016

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have launched a selection of new lower rate offers for unsecured personal loans, including their lowest ever online rate of 3.4% APR* for loans between £7,500 and £15,000. Loans in this bracket are also available by phone and in branch at a rate of 4.4% APR*. Personal loans between £5,000 and […]