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RBS and NatWest customers to get mobile banking at their fingertips

| February 17, 2015

From 19th February RBS and NatWest customers will be the first of any UK‐based bank to be able to log in to their mobile banking app using only their finger print. Using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, RBS and NatWest customers who have an iPhone 5S, iPhone6 and iPhone 6 plus will be able to […]

New flexible Online cash ISA from Post Office Money

| February 17, 2015

This week Post Office Money unveiled a new Online ISA which gives customers the option to spread their annual cash ISA allowance across more than one product, including a choice of variable and fixed rates. Post Office Money said they are looking to remove unnecessary restrictions and to give the customer more flexibility and control […]

Barclaycard launches 3 year 0% balance transfer credit card

| February 17, 2015

Card giant Barclaycard has just announced the launch of a new credit card offering 0% on transferred balances for a record term of three years. The card sits top of the best buy tables but comes with a one off balance transfer fee of 2.99% of the sum transferred. Personal finance expert Andrew Hagger said: “this […]

Household debt in 2014 increased at fastest rate for a decade

| February 12, 2015

Households in the UK took on an average of £395 of additional consumer debt in 2014, new analysis by The Money Charity shows – the biggest growth in any year since 2004. Average consumer credit debt stood at £6,322 in December, up from £5,938 at the end of 2013. In 2013, the average increase was […]

Pensioner Bonds sale extended until May

| February 11, 2015

The government has announced that sale of the controversial Pensioner Fixed Rate Savings Bonds is to be extended by an extra three months. George Osborne said he would extend the application deadline until mid-May, because of the overwhelming demand for the high interest bonds. Over 600,000 over-65s have bought them since they were launched in mid January. The chancellor […]

Good news for consumers and businesses as sterling rises in value against the euro

| February 11, 2015

New analysis  from travel money business Centtrip reveals that sterling is now worth around 13.8% more against the Euro than it was this time in 2013, and it estimates this could save the nation around £2.7 billion this year on the value of spending money on holiday and business trips to the EU. The report […]

Confusion over fibre broadband leads to slow take up

| February 8, 2015

Superfast broadband speeds can now be accessed by almost eight in 10  households says Ofcom, and yet confusion reigns over which providers offer fibre services, where these are available and the benefits of fibre, according to new research from uSwitch. The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, alongside industry investment, has made superfast services widely available, […]

Home renovations cost neighbours more than £1.5 billion

| February 8, 2015

New research from Direct Line’s SELECT Premier Insurance reveals that around 3.7 million people have suffered property damage as a result of neighbours making renovations to their homes in the last five years. In the same period, the repair bill for damages across the country totalled more than £1.5 billion. Only a third (33 per […]

Regulator ponders introduction of PPI claims cut-off date

| February 5, 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority says it may introduce a deadline for payment protection insurance (PPI) claims. So far banks and credit card companies have received more than 14 million PPI complaints and paid consumers more than £17bn in compensation. Experts predict that the total cost of this long running saga could be as high as […]

One in five looking to retire this year will still have debts

| January 26, 2015

Almost 20 per cent of those planning to retire this year will do so with debts outstanding, averaging £21,800, according to new research from Prudential. The insurer’s ‘Class of’ research into the future plans, finances and aspirations of those planning to retire in the next 12 months is now in its eighth year. This year’s results […]