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Budget scraps stamp duty for most first time buyers - Thu, 25 Mar, 2010
First-time buyers have had their financial situation eased a little, after Alistair Darling announced the scrapping of stamp duty for less-expensive houses.

Currently, the property tax is charged at [more]


Fraudsters targeting online bankers - Wed, 24 Mar, 2010
Fraudsters are increasingly focusing on online banking customers as they represent a relatively easy target, it has emerged.

According to a new report from the UK Cards Association, online banking fr [more]


FCO efficiency being compromised MPs warn - Tue, 23 Mar, 2010
The Foreign Office (FCO) is being significantly compromised by recent currency decisions made by the government, it has been claimed.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Chancellor Alistair Darling [more]


Savers warned not to miss ISA deadline - Mon, 22 Mar, 2010
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have warned savers that they have just 8 working days left to get the full benefit of their 2009-2010 ISA allowances.

The end of the tax year is preceded by the Easter [more]


Personal loans account for over a third of debt - Fri, 19 Mar, 2010
A third of the debt causing problems for British borrowers is made up of personal loans, according to new figures from the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).

The charity, which helps people [more]


OFT calls for overdraft facility to be optional - Thu, 18 Mar, 2010
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has called for UK consumers to be able to have current accounts with no overdraft facility, approved or otherwise.

The OFT claims this would reduce the risk of custo [more]


Nationwide says new personal loan rate is lowest in UK - Wed, 17 Mar, 2010
Nationwide has announced that it has reduced its personal loan rate for loans of up to five years totaling £14,999 or less.

The loan rate, which Nationwide claims is the lowest in the UK, is ju [more]


Young people taking out several current accounts - Tue, 16 Mar, 2010
A new survey has found that 18-24 year olds are taking out several current accounts simultaneously in order to take advantage of overdraft facilities.

Callcredit Information Group, which carried out [more]


New savings account from N&P Building Society - Mon, 15 Mar, 2010
N&P Building Society has launched a new six-month savings bond and is also increasing interest paid on its one-year savings bond.

The bonds are opened online and the initial balance can be paid i [more]


OFT calls for ban on mortgage broker kick-backs for estate agents - Fri, 12 Mar, 2010
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is calling for a ban on mortgage brokers paying estate agents referral fees.

The OFT is concerned that estate agents could begin to favour certain buyers over others [more]


National Savings and Investments is launching a new savings account - Thu, 11 Mar, 2010
A new Direct Saver account has been launched by National Savings and Investment (NS&I), the government’s savings organisation.

The new savings account will pay an interest rate of 2 per cen [more]


Pothole car insurance claims on the rise - Wed, 10 Mar, 2010
New research by the AA has found that car insurance claims, for damage caused by potholes, accounted for £3 million in car insurance claims last month alone.

Some £2.85 million worth of c [more]


Virgin Money charges monthly fee on current account - Tue, 9 Mar, 2010
As a way to help people avoid large overdraft penalty charges, Virgin Money is to charge a monthly fee for its current accounts.

The firm is launching a new bank chain next year and says its current [more]


Average UK saver is £600 a year worse off - Mon, 8 Mar, 2010
The Bank of England’s decision at the end of last week to hold interest rates at 0.5% for the 12th consecutive month means that the average saver is now £600 worse off than they were this [more]

Savings drop to lowest level in two years - Fri, 5 Mar, 2010
According to National Savings and Investment's Savings Survey, the level at which people are putting money into savings accounts has fallen over the winter months.

The new figures show that savi [more]


Expat magazine gives advice on foreign exchange and savings - Thu, 4 Mar, 2010
Living Abroad Magazine has published advice for British people looking to make the most of the exchange rate and the money they have sitting in British current accounts.

There are several options ope [more]


Car insurance premiums will increase in 2010 - Wed, 3 Mar, 2010
Car insurance giant Admiral has announced that car insurance premiums are expected to rise further this year, after increasing by 12 per cent over the past 12 months.

The brand saw its profits increa [more]


Personal debt rises slightly in year to January 2010 - Tue, 2 Mar, 2010
UK personal debt increased 0.8 per cent year-on-year to £4,463 billion, by the end of January 2010.

Personal lending rose by £2 billion in January alone – made up of £0.5 bill [more]


Santander extends Zero Current Account reach - Mon, 1 Mar, 2010
Santander has announced that it has extended the eligibility of its fee-free account, which is the first current account of its type in the UK.

From 8 March 2010, the Zero Current Account will be ope [more]


millions of current account holders permanently overdrawn - Fri, 26 Feb, 2010
A new study has shown that five million Britons are permanently overdrawn: a trend that could worsen if inflation were to rise further.

Research from moneysupermarket.com shows that 10% of people wit [more]


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