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One third of new personal loans taken out to consolidate debts

| January 26, 2015

The latest research from  Sainsbury’s Bank Loans suggests that up to 212,000 people could take out personal loans worth up to £2.2 billion in the first three months of the year for debt consolidation. The Bank estimates that this figure could be equal to around a third of all personal loans taken out during January, […]

Consumers concerned over unexpected costs this winter

| January 26, 2015

A new survey from HomeServe reveals that millions of UK homeowners are concerned about unexpected costs hitting strained family budgets this winter. More than half (51%) of UK homeowners polled in HomeServe’s “Unexpected Costs of Winter” survey reveal they are concerned by boiler breakdowns, expensive car repairs, or burst pipes – examples of unexpected winter […]

Which? calls for greater transparency from mobile phone providers

| January 19, 2015

New research suggests that many mobile phone customers are paying over the odds by an average of almost £160 per annum because they are on an unsuitable tariff. Consumer group Which? claims that more than 7 out of 10 customers are paying more than they need to for unsuitable tariffs. They either don’t use enough […]

Huge appetite for National Savings Pensioner Bonds

| January 19, 2015

The much anticipated Pensioner bonds from National Savings & Investments (NS&I) were launched last Thursday (16 Jan) but the unprecedented demand  caused the NS&I website to crash. The bonds offer two choices for savers aged 65 plus – a one-year Guaranteed Growth Bond paying 2.8% AER before tax (2.24% net of 20% tax) and a three-year bond paying 4% AER (3.2% after  basic rate tax). […]

Consumers wasting millions by not switching

| January 14, 2015

New research from has found that nearly half of UK consumers didn’t switch any of the 10 most popular financial products in 2014, including car insurance, home insurance, energy provider, bank account and broadband. Astonishingly it found that 1 in 5 admitted to NEVER having switched their mortgage lender, bank, car insurer, home insurer, broadband provider, […]

Lloyds Bank launches online travel notifications for customers

| January 14, 2015

Lloyds Bank has today a new travel notification service for online and mobile banking customers, which enables customers to let the bank know when they are going abroad. Once customers are logged in to their online or mobile banking, they can now go into their profile and update the dates that they are going to be overseas, […]

Lower oil price drives inflation down to just 0.5%

| January 14, 2015

The CPI measure of UK inflation slumped to 0.5% in the year to December, a sharp fall from the 1% November figure reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Inflation now stands at its lowest level for almost fifteen years when it was also at 0.5% back in  in May 2000. The ONS said the major factors for the fall was due to […]

Car Insurance costs considered too high

| January 11, 2015

Premiums for car insurance are too high, the competition watchdog has said. The competition commission’s investigation of the £11bn motor insurance market found it was not working well for motorists . Too many drivers were footing the bill for unnecessary costs that were needed during the claims process for accidents and that this is adding […]

January set to be a financial struggle for many

| January 8, 2015

According to a UK debt charity more than six million people will struggle with their finances in January as a result of too much spending in the run up to Christmas. The Money Advice Trust says it is expecting its National Debtline advice service to get very busy this month, after research suggests one in […]

First time buyer numbers up by 22% in 2014

| January 8, 2015

The latest figures from the Halifax show that in 2014 the number of first time buyers rose to its highest level in seven years. The bank estimated that 326,500 people bought their first property last year the most since 2007 and up by 22% compared with 2013 when just 268,500 homes were purchased. Although the […]