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Lifetime ISA will get younger generations saving for the future

| February 14, 2017

The Government’s new Lifetime ISA is set to be a hit with parents and grandparents who are keen to get younger generations into the saving habit, according to new research by The Share Centre. The Lifetime ISA, which will be available from 6 April 2017, is a new type of saving account aimed at 18- […]

Half of homeowners could be at risk of flood

| February 14, 2017

Thousands of homeowners could unknowingly be living in a high flood risk area, significantly increasing their chances of unexpected and costly damage, new analysis from home insurer Policy Expert has revealed. Of the 5,443 people surveyed, almost half (44%) did not know whether they lived in a flood risk area. This is despite the fact […]

Give your savings a caffeine boost with Fidelity’s ISA cappuccino plan

| February 14, 2017

Making small sacrifices, such as cutting out your daily cappuccino, could transform your finances, according to figures calculated by Fidelity International. By simply ditching your daily shop-bought coffee at £2.50 a day, five days a week, you can easily find £50 a month to invest in an ISA. And growing even that apparently small sum […]

Two thirds of young people now use a mobile wallet

| February 7, 2017

Two thirds (64%) of 18-25 year olds in the UK now use a mobile wallet, according to research released today by social money transfer app Moneymailme. The research reveals that 48% of 18-25 year olds believe that physical money will be obsolete within 20 years, while more than a third (38%) say that we will […]

Over 50s back pensions as top savings vehicle

| February 7, 2017

The over 50s believe that pensions are the best way to save for a comfortable income in retirement, and have more confidence in pensions to provide security and good returns over other products, according to research from Retirement Advantage and YouGov. Well over half (61%) of over 50s surveyed (who have a pension) say they […]

1 in 5 self-employed households struggling with stress and financial worries

| January 31, 2017

The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. Findings of ‘Self-employment and the Family’ show that one in five relatives of a self-employed worker (20%) report increased stress levels in their household due […]

Fear of broadband blackouts means internet-reliant Brits miss out on £327 million in savings a year

| January 31, 2017

More than a third (35%) of UK broadband users who’ve experienced a period of internet access when they tried moving providers in the past say the thought of being without internet has put them off doing it again, according to new research by uSwitch. Yet those consumers are missing out on collective savings of £327 […]

Coventry Building Society is first provider to compare savings accounts on its own website

| January 31, 2017

Coventry Building Society is giving customers the ability to compare its savings accounts with competitor products on its own website – the only major UK savings provider to do so. Customers can compare similar products across the whole of the market – on areas including the interest rate, the amount they can save and how […]

90% of UK consumers have not heard of Open Banking

| January 26, 2017

Research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, reveals that 90% of Brits have not heard of the Open Banking initiative, with 45% of respondents then going on to say that they are not likely to use Open Banking when it becomes available. When asked about sharing personal data through Open Banking, 60% said […]

Over 3.5 million people have switched banks since launch of Current Account Switch Service

| January 26, 2017

The latest figures for the Current Account Switch Service published this week show that over 3.5m (3,520,190) successful switches have taken place since the service launched in 2013. During the last 12 months (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016), a total of 1.01 million switches were completed, with 208,387 switches recorded in the last quarter […]