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Some 40% more likely to do business with a challenger bank compared to a year ago

Some 40% more likely to do business with a challenger bank compared to a year ago

The recent wave of new entrants coming into the UK’s banking sector has driven a greater desire among consumers for an alternative to the usual suspects with 40% more likely [...]

Energy customers warned that six fixed rate tariffs due to end on September 30th

Falling on to the variable tariff will cost average of £108

Energy customers warned that six fixed rate tariffs due to end on September 30th

Comparison website GoCompare has warned that eight fixed energy deals come to an end in just over a month’s time on September 30. Customers who don’t switch in time will [...]

The premium to live near one of England’s top state schools? That’s £483,031

The premium to live near one of England’s top state schools? That’s £483,031

Parents looking to move to the postal district of the Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire face paying a near £500,000 premium compared to the average house price in neighbouring areas. [...]

Royal Mail reveals the UK’s most desirable postcodes…

Royal Mail reveals the UK’s most desirable postcodes…

A survey from Royal Mail has revealed the country’s most desirable postcodes and Tidworth has emerged as England’s winner. Situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain, with HRH the Prince [...]

Buying instead of renting will save first-time buyers £1,300 a year

Buying instead of renting will save first-time buyers £1,300 a year

Getting a expensive deposit together to buy your first home could cost you less in the long run as new figures show renting costs £110 more a month than buying. [...]

HSBC plans account upgrade for 1.3m customers

HSBC plans account upgrade for 1.3m customers

HSBC is planning to upgrade 1.3 million banking customers to an ‘Advance’ account. From 10 November the high street bank will offer a new Advance bank account with as no [...]

Students targeted in new mobile phone scam

Students targeted in new mobile phone scam

Thousands of students may have been caught up in a mobile phone scam that is lumbering them with large debts. It is thought a dozen universities have been targeted by [...]

EDF Energy forced to make £3m payment after complaints failings

EDF Energy forced to make £3m payment after complaints failings

The energy regulator has ordered EDF Energy to pay £3 million to help ‘vulnerable customers’ after an investigation found the company was not handling complaints properly. The ruling means all [...]

Mortgage borrowers expecting to pay £590 more a year if rates rise 0.5%

Mortgage borrowers expect to pay £590 more a year on average if interest rates rise by 0.5% according to research by Comparethemarket.com. The firm says that for the 11.2 million [...]

Millions of motorists ignoring the risks of driving the morning after the night before

A new report suggests that millions of UK motorists are putting the lives of other road users at risk and could face losing their driving license because they are driving [...]

Know what ISA, AER and FSCS mean? Then you’re in the minority

Consumers are being bamboozled by jargon and technical language from banks and building societies, with only half of people knowing what an ISA is. Research from National Savings & Investments [...]

Funny money: More than £1bn of loose change resting in coin jars countrywide

An estimated £1.3bn of loose change is sitting in coin jars across the country with the typical pot containing £40.80. The study from comparison site Gocompare found that 31.3m UK [...]

Brokers back UK house-builder Taylor Wimpey

Confidence is growing in Taylor Wimpey as analysts at The Share Centre upgrade their recommendation on the house-builder’s shares to a ‘buy’. While its stock is off by 10% over [...]

Does a ten year bund yield of 1% mean deflation?

Michael Krautzberger, Head of European Fixed Income at BlackRock, comments on German 10-year Bund yields crossing below 1% and provides some graphs for his analysis too.  German short-dated yields have been low for several [...]

UK households still pessimistic about their finances

The UK’s Markit Household Finance Index rose fractionally to 42.2 in August, up from 42.0 in July but still well below the neutral 50.0 value says Markit, indicating pessimism. Negative [...]

BHP Billiton – shares not capital on offer from demerger – but The Share Centre still says ‘Buy’

Mining giant BHP Billiton plans to spin-off some of its assets into a new (£8.4bn) metals and mining company specialising in aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, and silver. BHP Billiton will [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown offers low cost income drawdown ‘retirement bridge’ to investors who have delayed annuity decision

Hargreaves Lansdown is offering a low cost drawdown plan which it terms a ‘retirement bridge’ with a minimum fee of £75+VAT. It says this will allow investors to draw their [...]

European real estate could return 7% a year but deflation remains a threat

Aviva Investors is forecasting that the European ex-UK real estate market could return up to 8.2% a year over the 2014-2016 period and 7% per annum over the longer term [...]

Guest blog – why the financial watchdog should not have banned Cocos from the retail market

Cormac Hollingsworth, research associate at thinktank the Social Market Foundation makes the case for why the financial watchdog should not have banned bank bonds known as Cocos from the the [...]

Eurozone should bounce back says Schroders’ Zangana

The Eurozone should bounce back from disappointing economic numbers says Schroders European economist Azad Zangana. In a note issued today, he writes: “Within the eurozone, Germany surprised most by posting growth [...]

Four million workers now in workplace pensions under new auto-enrolment system

Four million workers have now been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension according to the Pension Regulator. The regulator’s monthly declaration of compliance report shows that more than 21,000 employers [...]

Glencore still attractive for medium risk investors says The Share Centre

Glencore remains attractive for investors willing to accept a medium level of risk says The Share Centre. The broker says Glencore’s mixed production report is similar to the first quarter [...]

Bond funds a ‘hold’ not a ‘sell’ warns broker

Brewin Dolphin’s head of fund research Ben Gutteridge explains why investors should not sell their fixed income holdings in haste… The chorus of Western policy makers calling for tighter monetary [...]

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