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Payday clampdown continues but don’t forget the fairer alternatives

| October 28, 2015

In light of the £15.4m fine handed out this week, to Dollar Financial UK, owner of the Money Shop brand, people frozen out by mainstream lenders shouldn’t fear the demise of the payday loans industry as there are better options available even if your credit rating isn’t the best. Specialist Credit Cards The big credit […]

Loyal broadband customers paying over the odds

| October 28, 2015

Broadband bill payers who stay loyal to their providers have seen their monthly bills rise significantly, according to research by Broadband and home phone prices for loyal customers have increased by an inflation-busting 40% since 2011, costing households an extra £61 million per month. While new customers can cash in on competitive opening offers and […]

Still too few customers switching banks

| October 22, 2015

Bank customers could save an average of £70 a year by switching their current account to another provider, And heavy overdraft users – who’d benefit most from switching – are the least likely to do so, despite the fact they could save up to £260, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets […]

Odd jobs cost Britain’s households £7.8 billion a year

| October 22, 2015

Consumers spend more £7.8bn each year in total on tradesman visits, according to new research that explores the fear of picking up the toolbox. In the last 12 months, Brits have spent £294 on average employing a tradesperson to carry out minor repairs within their homes.  According to research from Swinton Insurance, the majority of Brits shy […]

Co-operative Insurance warns of 38% spike in home thefts when clocks go back

| October 20, 2015

Figures from The Co-operative Insurance have shown a huge spike in home and motor claims when the clocks change and daylight saving time ends. After reviewing claims data since 2013, The Co-operative Insurance can reveal that home theft claims increase by 38% in the five months after the clocks go back – this year scheduled to be on […]

Consumers don’t know where to go for advice about ethical investing

| October 17, 2015

New research from Castlefield, one of the UK’s leading specialists in responsible investment, reveals that investors are becoming increasingly savvy about risks and the consequences of damaging the environment. Following the increase in high profile individuals and pension funds looking to pull their investments out of fossil fuel companies, the survey found that 56% of investors […]

Virgin Money looking to shake up the home insurance market

| October 15, 2015

Buying and renewing your home insurance ought to be a straightforward job, but with different prices charged depending whether you buy direct from an insurer or via a price comparison site trying to get suitable cover at the right price has become a real chore. However things may be about to change as Virgin Money […]

Over half of those planning to buy a car in the next six months will use a personal loan or credit card

| October 15, 2015

  The latest figures from the Sainsbury’s car buying index  which tracks consumers’ car purchase intentions, reveal that over half (53%) of those planning to buy a car in the next six months intend to use an unsecured loan or credit card to purchase it. The main motivator for doing so for two in five (38%) is […]

Innovative new ISA launched by AA Financial services

| October 8, 2015

AA Financial Services this week launched a new ISA which enables savers can split their tax free savings between fixed and variable rate products within one online account. The one year fixed deal pays 1.76% and the two year fixed pays 2.01%. The easy-access variable product offers 1%, with no introductory bonus and transfers in are permitted. A spokesman for AA Financial Services said: […]

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ £150 Current Account Switching Offer to End on 30th November

| October 8, 2015

Customers looking to switch their current account to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have until 30th November 2015 to benefit from a £150 switching offer. Following the success of the initiative, the Banks have announced that customers have until the end of November to benefit from the offer when they complete a full current account switch […]