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One in four Brits have fallen victim to a scam

| November 29, 2016

One in four Brits, equivalent to 13 million people, say they have been the victim of a scam, according to new research from Santander UK, while almost three quarters (73%) said they were concerned about falling victim to a scam. With the latest figures showing losses of almost £11 billion to the UK economy as a result […]

Two thirds of people don’t enjoy taking part in Black Friday

| November 25, 2016

Research released this week by environmental charity Hubbub highlights how Black Friday is adding to the financial stress people are feeling in the UK. The findings show how Black Friday has snowballed since its introduction to the UK by Amazon in 2010, with spending in 2015 exceeding £1 billion.  This looks set to increase further […]

Savings shortfall forces people to put dreams on hold

| November 22, 2016

New research released today by Zurich shows that nearly half of UK adults say that a lack of savings is stopping them from achieving life goals now. Based on a survey of over 2,000 UK consumers, the study is a benchmark of how financially confident people are they will be able to fulfill their aspirations […]

0% purchase credit cards – it’s not all about the length of the promotional term

| November 21, 2016

Personal Finance Expert, Andrew Hagger, has just released new credit card research showing how the 0% purchase sector of the credit card market has evolved over the last two years. Andrew Hagger of Moneycomms comments: With the credit card balance transfer market the balance transfer fee is frequently the element of a card that helps pinpoint […]

Brits oblivious to when they’re being credit checked

| November 21, 2016

Thousands of Brits are oblivious to when they’re being credit checked, according to a study from Amigo. From overdraft extensions to mobile phone contracts, thousands of Brits across the UK are completely unaware that they are being silently judged by a number on a screen. Monthly insurance premium instalments, monthly gas direct debits and monthly […]

Storm Angus – home insurance tips from Policy Expert

| November 21, 2016

Adam Powell, Head of Operations of home insurance provider Policy Expert commented: “With predictions for heavy snow just around the corner, it’s important to ensure that your home is prepared for everything that the winter months might throw at it. Cold and stormy weather can ravage buildings so it’s important to take the time to […]

1 in 8 savers have a ‘forgotten’ pension

| November 21, 2016

Research from Aviva has revealed the extent to which pension policies are being forgotten. A survey of almost ten thousand people who hold a pension has revealed that just under one in eight (13%) admitted they have at least one pension that they had forgotten about. This is equal to more than 2.5 million pension […]

Squirrel budgeting app helps Brits take control of their personal finances

| November 15, 2016

A new online budgeting app, Squirrel, is helping thousands of Brits take control of their personal finances. Through an ultra-intuitive web app, soon to be available on iOS and Android, users can budget effortlessly, spend responsibly and save money with minimum fuss. Squirrel users start by directing their monthly salary into a Barclays-powered Squirrel account […]

A poor credit score could cost you thousands of pounds

| November 15, 2016

Consumers could be paying thousands of pounds more in interest payments on personal loans and credit card balances because they are failing to check and take steps to improve their credit scores, according to research carried out by credit improvement service Credit Improver. Lenders use credit scores to determine who qualifies for a loan or credit […]

Warning re Black Friday overdraft costs

| November 15, 2016

Andrew Hagger of today warned borrowers that overdraft costs could wipe out the discounts that shoppers receive during Black Friday promotions. He Said: “The hype around ‘Black Friday’ and buying furniture and carpets in time for Christmas seems to increase every year, but before you get carried away with your debit card and max out […]