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|Brits withdraw their savings in hordes - Thu, 5 Dec, 2013|
Britons have withdrawn their savings from fixed-rate savings accounts at the fastest rate in four decades over the last 12 months.
Figures from the Bank of England have shown that about £900 ha [more]
|FCA to run the rule over price comparison sites - Wed, 4 Dec, 2013|
Price comparison websites are to be placed under the scrutiny of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), amid concerns that customers are not getting the best deal.
The FCA is to review about 90 per c [more]
|RBS credit and debit cards hit by glitch - Tue, 3 Dec, 2013|
RBS customers, including those under the banners of NatWest and Ulster Bank, have been hit by a glitch in the bank's systems that has seen some shoppers have their credit cards and debit cards de [more]
|Tax break for married couples won't be beneficial, accountants say - Mon, 2 Dec, 2013|
The Prime Minister’s plan to deliver a tax break for married couples in the Autumn Statement this Thursday will not benefit many households, accountants have warned.
The Institute of Chartered [more]
|United Utilities promises affordable bills for its customers - Fri, 29 Nov, 2013|
United Utilities, a water company for the North West of England, has pledged to keep its seven million customers’ bills in line with inflation in 2014.
In further good news, bills will be kept [more]
|Fixed rate savings competition moves into short-term deals - Thu, 28 Nov, 2013|
Competition in the fixed rate savings market is heating up, as the race to offer the best rate for savers moves from longer term deals into short term.
Fixed bond deals for five years and beyond &nda [more]
|Santander claws its way to top of best buy loans - Wed, 27 Nov, 2013|
Santander is offering its own flash sale on personal loans with rates reduced to 4.6 per cent, hot on the heels of Sainsburys Bank, which ran its own deal for just two weeks in November.
The move wil [more]
|State pension reforms suggested by think tank - Tue, 26 Nov, 2013|
Everyone should be forced into saving towards private pensions in “personal welfare accounts”, while National Insurance should be revoked, independent think tank Civitas has argued in its [more]
|Lending to SMEs reaches a three-year high - Mon, 25 Nov, 2013|
Lending to businesses under the government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme has reached a three-year high.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) received loans worth £111 mi [more]
|'Retirement reality' occurs at age 48 - Fri, 22 Nov, 2013|
A high number of people come to ‘retirement reality’ once they are 48 years old, becoming acutely aware of their looming retirement years and the amount of money needed to fund them.
|Leeds Building Society offering 4pc interest to savers - Thu, 21 Nov, 2013|
Savers can contact their local Leeds Building Society branch to take advantage of a cash account that gives a very attractive rate of interest.
Using the account savers will get 4 per cent on their d [more]
|Tax-free pension amount to be lowered in April 2014 - Tue, 19 Nov, 2013|
Savers with substantial pension pots will be wary of the upcoming change in the total tax-free amount they are allowed to have – from April this will reduce to £1.25 million from £1. [more]
|Banks may reject a high proportion of Help to Buy mortgage applications - Mon, 18 Nov, 2013|
The government’s Help to Buy scheme has been welcomed this year as a way to kick start a stagnant housing market and get first time buyers with low deposits on the housing ladder, it has come to [more]
|Co-operative Energy brings down its price increase - Thu, 14 Nov, 2013|
Co-operative Energy is reasserting its ethical values and reducing its prices to support customers.
The energy provider announced its 4.5 per cent price increase, which is the average rise, on 18 Oc [more]
|Interest rate on HSBC personal loans down by 1.1pc - Wed, 13 Nov, 2013|
HSBC has taken the interest rate on its personal loans down a notch by 1.1 per cent, which will be attractive to account holders who are looking to splurge on home improvements, a holiday or new car.
|HMRC to crack down on inheritance trust use - Tue, 12 Nov, 2013|
The Treasury is poised to tighten its grip on trust schemes used by affluent families to protect their estates from inheritance tax.
At present the tax applies to estates valued over £325,000 o [more]
|Government plans to preserve salary-linked workplace pensions - Mon, 11 Nov, 2013|
Workplace pensions could be a thing of the past unless something is done to make the scheme more affordable for employers, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has warned.
Mr Webb has revealed plans to reduc [more]
|New best buy deals for ISAs and bonds - Fri, 8 Nov, 2013|
Virgin Money and National Counties have pushed up their rates for savers, offering attractive deals, but for a limited time.
Virgin Money’s five-year cash ISA is currently leading the rest as t [more]
|Students make long-term savings a top goal - Thu, 7 Nov, 2013|
Increased numbers of students, aged 18 to 24, are saving for their future according to a new study.
The study, conducted by Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros, revealed the encouraging news tha [more]
|Big six energy firms sit on £2bn of customers' cash - Wed, 6 Nov, 2013|
Electricity and gas companies are holding up to £2 billion in cash from customers who pay by direct debit.
The big six are raking in £36 million in interest alone from the excess customer [more]