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Time to give your bank the elbow?

| July 23, 2015

The latest current account switching numbers from Bacs reveal that 1.10 million people moved banks in the last 12 months, up by 4 per cent on the corresponding figures a year ago, but nonetheless disappointing with most customers choosing to stick with their existing provider. Santander, Halifax, Nationwide Building Society and Tesco Bank are winning […]

Jury service leaves workers out of pocket

| July 23, 2015

New research from Churchill Home Insurance reveals thousands of British workers would be forced to survive on the Governments’ statutory payments, for loss of earnings and expenses, when completing jury service. One in twenty (five per cent) employers will not pay any wages for an employee attending jury service, leaving those completing their civic duty to […]

Choose the wrong personal loan and you could be well out of pocket

| July 23, 2015

Interest rates have never been cheaper if you want a five figure personal loan from your bank, but if you only need borrow a smaller sum it’s far more expensive. The battle for personal loan business has seen lenders cherry picking and concentrating on the higher value end of the market. Rates are at rock […]

Insurers expose £ 3.6 million worth of insurance frauds every day

| July 14, 2015

Figures released this week by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) reveal that in 2014: Insurance companies detected 130,000 fraudulent claims, equivalent to 350 every day. The value of these frauds was £1.32 billion, a 3% increase on 2013. Between 2009 and 2014 the overall value of frauds detected has risen by 57% Dishonest motor […]

Pick the right card and save up to £68 on your holiday spending abroad

| July 13, 2015

As we approach the main holiday season with millions of families set to travel overseas, new research shows that failing to pack the right plastic could see you pay over the odds for your holiday spending money to the tune of £68 or more. If you’re someone who takes a couple of holidays a year, […]

No let-up in battle to provide cheap credit

| July 8, 2015

In a week when the chancellor unveiled his latest austerity measures, the banks showed no signs of pulling their horns in as a raft of low cost personal finance deals hit the shelves. In the personal loans market Santander and Cahoot both cut interest rates for loans of £5,000 to 4.5% APR, and have closed […]

500,000 people switch banking to Santander

| July 8, 2015

More than 500,000 UK current account holders have switched to Santander since the Current Account Switching Service (CASS) was launched in September 2013, according to new figures from the bank this week. A spokesman for the bank said: “We know from talking to our customers that many are attracted by our award-winning 123 Current Account and our […]

More than 14.2 million holidaymakers to pay with credit

| July 8, 2015

Pay4Later, this week launched a new service for holiday and travel companies following strong demand from firms wanting to offer credit to customers. The new service enables firms to offer their clients a choice of attractive finance options – including 0% interest – ranging from £275 to £25,000 and over terms of six, nine and 12 months. […]

Holidaymakers to Greece urged to take cash and not to rely on plastic

| July 1, 2015

Despite offering the first prepaid MasterCard with 14 currencies on a single card at ‘spread free’ exchange rates, Centtrip is urging holidaymakers visiting Greece in the next few days to physically take enough spending money for their entire holiday, because it believes local merchants may impose limits on how much they will accept by card, […]

The average student now owns almost £4,000 worth of possessions

| July 1, 2015

University students own an average of £3,658 worth of gadgets and other possessions – with 45% of students now owning a tablet, up from 40% last year and 4% in 2011. This is according to new research by Endsleigh, which celebrates its 50th anniversary of insuring students and young professionals this year. Endsleigh’s 2015 Student […]