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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 […]

Half of investors do not know ISA limits

| February 26, 2015

A new survey from The Share Centre found that for those who do not know the ISA limits, nearly a third (30%) under estimate the ISA allowance and one in seven (16%) wrongly over-estimate the limits. Despite this confusion, appetite for tax free investment is high, with over a third (34%) saying they plan to […]

RBS and NatWest customers to get mobile banking at their fingertips

| February 17, 2015

From 19th February RBS and NatWest customers will be the first of any UK‐based bank to be able to log in to their mobile banking app using only their finger print. Using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, RBS and NatWest customers who have an iPhone 5S, iPhone6 and iPhone 6 plus will be able to […]

New flexible Online cash ISA from Post Office Money

| February 17, 2015

This week Post Office Money unveiled a new Online ISA which gives customers the option to spread their annual cash ISA allowance across more than one product, including a choice of variable and fixed rates. Post Office Money said they are looking to remove unnecessary restrictions and to give the customer more flexibility and control […]

Barclaycard launches 3 year 0% balance transfer credit card

| February 17, 2015

Card giant Barclaycard has just announced the launch of a new credit card offering 0% on transferred balances for a record term of three years. The card sits top of the best buy tables but comes with a one off balance transfer fee of 2.99% of the sum transferred. Personal finance expert Andrew Hagger said: “this […]

Household debt in 2014 increased at fastest rate for a decade

| February 12, 2015

Households in the UK took on an average of £395 of additional consumer debt in 2014, new analysis by The Money Charity shows – the biggest growth in any year since 2004. Average consumer credit debt stood at £6,322 in December, up from £5,938 at the end of 2013. In 2013, the average increase was […]

Pensioner Bonds sale extended until May

| February 11, 2015

The government has announced that sale of the controversial Pensioner Fixed Rate Savings Bonds is to be extended by an extra three months. George Osborne said he would extend the application deadline until mid-May, because of the overwhelming demand for the high interest bonds. Over 600,000 over-65s have bought them since they were launched in mid January. The chancellor […]

Good news for consumers and businesses as sterling rises in value against the euro

| February 11, 2015

New analysis  from travel money business Centtrip reveals that sterling is now worth around 13.8% more against the Euro than it was this time in 2013, and it estimates this could save the nation around £2.7 billion this year on the value of spending money on holiday and business trips to the EU. The report […]