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Allow consumers to compare energy costs like petrol prices, says Which?

Allow consumers to compare energy costs like petrol prices, says Which?

Just one in five people trust their energy supplier to charge a fair price, leading consumer group Which? to call for a more transparent way to compare costs. The group [...]

Online fraud up 71% as scammers steal £30m from bank accounts

Online fraud up 71% as scammers steal £30m from bank accounts

Online banking fraud has increased 71% in the past year, with £30 million stolen from accounts in the UK. Figures from Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK) showed online bank fraud [...]

Competition opens to design ‘distinctly British’ £1 coin

Competition opens to design ‘distinctly British’ £1 coin

Think the Royal Mint’s coin designs are boring? Think you can do better? Well, here’s your chance to design the new £1 coin. Chancellor George Osborne has launched a competition [...]

Female empowerment key to a strong economy, says IMF leader

Female empowerment key to a strong economy, says IMF leader

The leader of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for countries to change policies to unleash the economic potential of women. Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, said countries [...]

Culture of financial mis-selling unchanged for a decade, says consumer champion

Culture of financial mis-selling unchanged for a decade, says consumer champion

The culture of mis-selling and distrust in financial services has been unchanged for a decade as companies put profits before customers. Sue Lewis, chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, [...]

Tenants to receive protection against ‘revenge evictions’

Tenants to receive protection against ‘revenge evictions’

The government has said it will back a bill to give private tenants extra protection from rogue landlords. Nine million tenants in privately rented accommodation would be safeguarded from ‘revenge [...]

For the best retirement, move to Dorset

For the best retirement, move to Dorset

If you want a comfortable retirement then move to Dorset, where quality of life is the highest in the country for retirees. Research by Prudential for its ‘quality of retirement [...]

An independent Scotland could mean steeper shopping bills warns John Lewis chairman

An independent Scotland could mean steeper shopping bills warns John Lewis chairman

The price-tags in Scottish branches of John Lewis and Waitrose could end up far steeper than in the rest of the UK if the country votes Yes to independence in [...]

Just one week left to save the union

With one week to go today Azad Zangana, European economist at fund manager Schroders gives his latest economic insight into the Scottish Referendum… On the 18th of September, Scotland will decide [...]

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds and Isas

Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of fixed rate Isas and bonds with rates increasing by up to 0.25%. The two year fixed rate Isa rises to 2.00% [...]

The investment impact of more sanctions on Russia

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine and his view of the impact of more sanctions on Russia below. Pro-Russian separatist rebels [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Struggling households sell possessions to survive

One in ten households have resorted to selling their possessions in a bid to meet their housing costs, new figures from the housing charity Shelter reveal. Over three million households [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

ECB rate cut and asset buying programme – analysts’ views

Expert views on the European Central Bank moves on interest rates and the asset buying programme Interest cut will have limited impact Schroders European Economist Azad Zangana, and Fixed Income [...]

Critical illness cover extended to maximum 40 years by insurer Zurich to take account of longer mortgage terms

Insurer Zurich has increased the maximum term for its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years to take account of customers with longer mortgages and better reflect changing retirement [...]

Should investors be shifting their portfolios because of the global political crises?

Kleinwort Benson’s chief investment officer Mouhammed Choukeir asks whether investors should be adjusting their portfolios to cope with global political risks. He notes that historic crises – even those as [...]

Better days ahead for Europe’s banking sector?

Justin Bisseker, European banks analyst, at fund manager Schroders discusses a significant autumn of developments in the European banking sector, which should be beneficial for the sector and the broader [...]

A year on from Fed tapering, emerging markets have proved their resilience unlike their developed market peers

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses the resilience of emerging markets and why developed markets are sustained by deliberate policies of asset price inflation instead of reforms below. [...]

A quarter of Brits have turned down wedding invite due to costs

A quarter of Brits have had to turn down an invitation to a wedding because of the cost of attending. The cost of stag and hen parties, travel to the [...]

Woodford sells out of HSBC due to “fine risk”

Influential fund manager Neil Woodford has revealed he is selling out of HSBC because of the “unquantifiable” risk of regulatory fines. He believes regulators are setting fines according to banks’ [...]

Deutsche Bank hit with £4.7m fine for failing to properly report transactions

The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has hit the London arm of Deutsche Bank with a £4.7m fine for incorrectly reporting transactions between November 2007 and April 2013. [...]

Housing costs on a “cliff edge” with three in five anxious over household bills

Charity group Citizens Advice has warned that the pressure of hefty bills such as childcare and energy costs will mean that half of households will have to slash spending this [...]

Pound shop retailers not offering value to potential shareholders

Pound shops may not offer value or at least not to equity investors with fierce competition environment and a struggle to increase margins due to their cost cutting measures argues [...]

UK equity income sees £1bn net sales in July

UK Equity Income was the best-selling mutual fund sector in July with net retail sales of £1.0 billion out of total sales of £1.9bn. Tracker funds net retail sales highest [...]

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