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Cost of Living Squeeze Hitting Pension Saving

| December 14, 2016

The cost of living is the most common single factor preventing people who live in cities in the UK from saving more into their pensions – and it is savers in Brighton, Bristol and Cardiff who are feeling the pinch the most, according to new research by Prudential. The findings – which are taken from Prudential’s […]

Only one in four mortgage borrowers understand how the base rate affects their monthly payments

| December 13, 2016

Just one in four mortgage-paying homeowners understand how cuts to the Bank of England’s (BoE) base rate could affect their mortgage payments, according to new research from Trussle, the UK’s first online mortgage broker. In August 2016, the BoE made the first adjustment to the rate in over seven years, cutting it from 0.5% to 0.25%, […]

Don’t put your Christmas shopping at risk from car thieves

| December 13, 2016

M&S Bank is encouraging motorists to check their car insurance before heading out shopping this festive period, ensuring the Christmas gifts they’ve purchased aren’t at risk from opportunistic thieves. Research from M&S Bank has shown that the average Christmas shopper is expecting to spend just over £600 this year (£364 on presents and £241 on […]

71% of pay TV customers watch fewer than half their channels, yet spend over £500 a year

| December 7, 2016

Almost half of premium digital pay TV customers in the UK are watching less than a fifth of the channels included in their TV packages, according to new research by uSwitch.com. And yet, the average yearly spend for premium pay TV is £508, or £42.30 per month, with almost a third (32%) spending more than […]

More than a third of people are worried about meeting their financial commitments in 2017

| December 6, 2016

According to the latest YouGov research commissioned by credit information provider, Equifax, over a third of Brits (35%) are very or fairly concerned about being able to meet their financial commitments in 2017.  The new research also reveals that 30% think their financial situation will worsen next year; only 15% believe it will be better. […]

One in five Brits scared of being scammed at Christmas

| December 5, 2016

One in five Brits are scared of being scammed at Christmas, new research by Nationwide Building Society has found, with many people failing to take simple precautionary steps. The study of 2,000 UK adults found that nearly half (48%) admit to not checking their current account or credit card statements regularly to compare the details against […]

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 […]