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Osborne unveils new ISA for first time buyers

| March 18, 2015

George Osborne unveiled details of a new help-to buy ISA in today’s budget in a bid to help first time buyers. Under the terms of the scheme first-time-buyers can receive a financial bonus of up to £3,000 each to put towards the deposit for their first home. Savers taking part in this initiative will have their savings […]

Budget boost for UK savers

| March 18, 2015

In his budget today Chancellor George Osborne announced that the first £1,000 of interest earned on savings will be completely tax-free for lower earners from next year, This move will bring a smile to the faces of savers who have suffered from rock bottom interest rates in recent years, the new allowance, which will come […]

UK consumers frustrated by poor broadband speeds

| March 16, 2015

Research from comparison site Uswitch.com shows that broadband speeds across the UK are at their fastest at 5am, but slow by more than a fifth by the time the majority of people are using their PC, laptop or tablet at 9pm. The range between best and worst speed varies in different parts of the UK […]

One in four over 55’s say they can’t afford to give up working

| March 13, 2015

According to recent research from Key Retirement Solutions, over a quarter of UK workers aged 55 or over feel they will never be in a position to give up working completely for fear of not having sufficient money to live on. In a survey of more than 3,000 UK adults, one in four of those […]

Scottish Friendly calls for extra pension warnings

| March 13, 2015

Scottish Friendly has called for the issue of formal ‘think again’ warnings to be issued to customers wishing to cash in all or part of their pension when the new pension freedoms take effect next month. The savings and ISA provider says that guidance alone from bodies such as Pension Wise and Citizens Advice is […]

Mortgage repayment an issue for 1 million pensioners

| March 6, 2015

Up to one million people nearing retirement age still owe money on their mortgage, according to a new report. The latest research from LV= looking at the finances of retirees reveals that less than one in four over-50s were planning to seek professional financial advice before they retire. These numbers are worrying ahead of the […]

Unwelcome price rise for O2 and EE mobile phone customers

| March 6, 2015

Mobile phone giants O2 and EE are hitting customers in the pocket with a 1.1% price increase. The hike in prices comes just over a year since the regulator OFCOM ordered mobile phone providers to allow customers to exit their mobile phone contract without paying any penalty if the cost of monthly their monthly tariff […]

UK adults admit to ‘wasting’ almost £3000 per year

| March 5, 2015

Three-quarters of UK adults – approximately 38 million people – worry that they aren’t saving enough money – yet many admit to wasting significant sums each month according to research by Standard Life. The average UK adult ‘wastes’ £52 per week, money which they feel could have been ‘saved or better spent’ – totalling £2,704 […]

More borrowers remortgaging as rates continue to fall

| February 26, 2015

Almost two-thirds of remortgage customers in January switched deals to take advantage of the new lower mortgage rates that are currently on offer, according to research from LMS. The company surveyed customers opting to remortgage at the start of the year and found that almost one in five (19%) homeowners increased the size of their […]

Peer to Peer average rate tops 5% over the last year

| February 26, 2015

This week a new index was launched that tracks historic returns of major peer-to-peer providers Zopa, RateSetter and Funding Circle. The latest data reveals that peer-to-peer investors have enjoyed an average rate of 5.09% over the last 12 months and an impressive consistent level of return ranging between 4.5% and 6.2% over the previous nine […]