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Four in ten over-60s still “unprepared” for retirement

| March 11, 2016

An alarming number of the UK’s working over-60s population are unprepared for their retirement, according to findings from a new white paper published by wealth management firm Sanlam. The Which Way Forward? report, released a week ahead of the Government’s spring budget, suggests that an increasing ageing population, the demise of generous final salary schemes […]

Brits now back in the black after Christmas spending

| March 3, 2016

UK consumers are set to be back in the black this week as the balance of their current accounts begin to return to pre-Christmas levels. According to data from TSB, March is the month when the Bank expects shoppers start to get back on top of their Christmas spending, having paid off their Christmas credit card bills […]

Co-operative Young Driver Insurance saves policyholders over £7.4m in first year of driving

| March 3, 2016

Since it launched in 2011, the Co-operative Insurance has saved its Young Driver policyholders over £7.4m in their first year of driving*. Latest data from the Co-operative Insurance has found that on average its Young Driver policyholders receive £120 back in their pockets in the first year of taking out their policy. The Young Driver […]

Over-40s caught by mortgage age restrictions

| February 24, 2016

Mortgage and re-mortgage customers in their 40s are being caught by age restrictions, new research for the Nottingham Building Society warns. Its study among mortgage brokers shows nearly two out of five have seen a rise in customers over 40 struggling to be approved for mortgages or remortgages. And the research shows the problems will […]

Families concerned about rising cost of living

| February 24, 2016

New research to support the launch of Sainsbury’s Bank’s  ‘Family Finance Report’ this week shows that, despite the emergence of green economic shoots and low inflation, the majority of people in the UK are not overly optimistic about their finances when compared to last year. Despite wages increasing by around 2% in the past 12 […]

Is your credit card a one trick pony?

| February 24, 2016

Two months into the New Year and it feels like deja vu with the credit card companies’ hell bent on pushing interest free cards. One of the downsides of this strategy is that that some of the more versatile credit cards offering a range of flexible features are often overlooked. If you’re considering a new […]

Average home insurance premium climbs 3.1% in last three months

| February 16, 2016

Home insurance premiums have climbed sharply in the past three months as tax rises take effect, new analysis from insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence shows. Average premiums have risen 3.1% to £119 in the past three months following the introduction of Insurance Premium Tax increases in November. Consumer Intelligence’s analysis – which is used by […]

1.2 million young Brits risk credit chaos by skipping bills

| February 16, 2016

New research reveals that 1.2 million Millennials (18-34) have ignored a payment such as the last month of a phone contract or a household bill. Nearly a third (31%) of this age group has been rejected for a financial product such as a mortgage or store card because they have defaulted on a repayment. This […]

Over one million business owners snubbed by lenders

| February 15, 2016

New research from Amigo Loans reveals over one million sole traders have been given the cold shoulder by mainstream lenders, with nearly a third of one man bands admitting they’ve been turned down for a loan. Of those who have been refused, a quarter think they would have a better chance seeking funding by asking a […]

84% of households cut back in an effort to reduce winter bills

| February 11, 2016

Almost 23 million households (84 per cent) across the UK have taken steps to make their bills more affordable, according to new research from Santander. Highlighting a nation of ‘sofa-eskimos’, more than two thirds of Brits say they layer up at home with gloves, hats, scarfs and extra jumpers in an attempt to keep warm and […]