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Annuity rates in steepest fall for three years - Tue, 16 Sep, 2014
Annuity rates fell last month in what was the steepest drop in three years, research has found.

The information website Moneyfacts discovered that the average standard annuity rate fell by 2.6 per c [more]

Half of UK drivers unaware of approaching paper tax disc end date - Mon, 15 Sep, 2014
Traditional paper tax discs are to be abolished on 1 October, but about half of all drivers in Britain are not aware of the change, it has been discovered.

From 1 October car owners’ vehicle t [more]

Bank branches on UK high streets could halve - Fri, 12 Sep, 2014
UK high street bank branch numbers could shrink by more than halve in the next decade as more and more customers switch to phone and internet banking, a report has said.

For example Lloyds Banking Gr [more]

Skipton Building Society launches new bonds - Thu, 11 Sep, 2014
Skipton Building Society has released a new range of Bonds and E-Bonds with interest rates rising by up to 0.25 per cent.

Rates on its two, three and five-year Fixed Rate Bonds are now paying 2.00 p [more]

Checkmate: Barclaycard beats rivals to offer longest balance transfer card - Wed, 10 Sep, 2014
Barclaycard has released a new credit card with the UK’s longest ever balance transfer offer of 0 per cent for 34 months, in a bid to outdo Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s recent new cards.

Gov calls on energy firms to share savings with consumers - Tue, 9 Sep, 2014
Large energy companies are unexpectedly set to earn a £250 million windfall profit from an energy saving scheme, leading the government to request a reduction in household bills.

It has emerged [more]

Skipton launches new mortgages with 0.4pc rate reduction - Mon, 8 Sep, 2014
Skipton Building Society is launching a range of new residential two-year fixed mortgages, with rate reductions of up to 0.40 per cent.

It expects that the new range will prove to be popular with hom [more]

Zurich ups its critical illness cover to 40 years - Fri, 5 Sep, 2014
In a bid to support its insurance customers with longer mortgages and changing retirement plans Zurich has extended the length of its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years.

The move will let mor [more]

Update on the new flat-rate pension 2016 - Thu, 4 Sep, 2014
Ahead of the new flat-rate pension, which will take effect in less than two years' time, Britons will soon be able to find out what they will receive from the state during retirement.

The flat-r [more]

StepChange calls on FCA to reduce payday loan fees - Wed, 3 Sep, 2014
Debt charity StepChange is calling on the City regulator to do more to protect Britons experiencing financial hardship, after a marked increase in those struggling with payday loans.

The number of pe [more]

Householders prompted to switch before end of fixed energy tariffs - Tue, 2 Sep, 2014
There are 13 fixed-rate energy tariffs set to end between 31 August and 31 October, leading MoneySuperMarket to prompt householders to switch before the expiry dates to keep saving money.

In August 2 [more]

TSB offers to pay homebuyers' council tax for 12 months - Mon, 1 Sep, 2014
TSB is offering to cover a year’s worth of council tax bills for new homebuyers to a maximum of £2,500 to ease initial financial worries.

The bank discovered in its research that council [more]

Free childcare extended to 40pc of two-year-olds - Fri, 29 Aug, 2014
Parents of young children are being advised to check if their two-year-old will be eligible for free childcare, as the amount on offer will double next week.

From next week (starting 1 September 2014 [more]

MBNA offers longer balance transfers on two of its credit cards - Thu, 28 Aug, 2014
MBNA, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, has launched a new Platinum credit card with 0 per cent p.a. on balance and money transfers for up to 32 months.

The offer applies to transfers made [more]

Bank and card fraud hidden behind crime fall - Wed, 27 Aug, 2014
It has come to light that if bank and credit card fraud was included in the yearly Crime Survey for England and Wales it would push the number of annual offences up by 50 per cent.

One-off analysis b [more]

HSBC offers new no-fee Advance account - Tue, 26 Aug, 2014
HSBC is to offer a new Advance account with no monthly fee as of 10 November 2014.

Over 1.3 million HSBC bank account holders who pay in £1,750 or more into their account each month will be aut [more]

Car and home insurance bills have fallen, BIBA says - Fri, 22 Aug, 2014
Car and home insurance costs have dropped considerably over the past twelve months, with car insurance having fallen by 5.6 per cent and home insurance by 4.2 per cent on average.

Motor insurance pr [more]

Students advised to check costs before university starts - Thu, 21 Aug, 2014
Students getting ready to start university would be well advised to do a thorough check over their finances first to ensure they are getting the best deals and to avoid unwelcome surprises later on.


Family lending fills £31 billion gap in household bills - Wed, 20 Aug, 2014
Interfamily lending is filling a gap in household finances to the tune of £31 billion.

Almost a third (28 per cent) of British adults are borrowing cash from family to cover the costs of runni [more]

AA releases figures on varying insurance costs across the UK - Tue, 19 Aug, 2014
The AA British Insurance Premium Index results for Q2 show a huge regional disparity between prices quoted for comprehensive car insurance.

Results show that the highest premiums are seen in London, [more]

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