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Sick of the Big Four banks? Try a credit union like 1.5m others

Sick of the Big Four banks? Try a credit union like 1.5m others

If you’re sick of the big four banks that dominate the high street it may be time to join the other 1.5 million people who have signed up to a [...]

Shares that have won and lost from oil price falls

Shares that have won and lost from oil price falls

The falls in oil prices that started last summer have seen the price of a barrel = halve: which companies are the biggest losers from the tumble?   Unsurprising the [...]

P2P hits £1bn milestone: what you need to know about the new investment on the block

P2P hits £1bn milestone: what you need to know about the new investment on the block

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending hit £1 billion last year as savings run from low interest rates and investors look for new opportunities: here’s how to invest in P2P sensibly.   According [...]

L&G closes with-profits fund to new business

L&G closes with-profits fund to new business

Insurer Legal & General has announced has announced the closure of its with-profits fund to new investors.   The with-profits fund will close tomorrow to new business but there will [...]

Millions put their homes at risk through lack of sickness insurance

Millions put their homes at risk through lack of sickness insurance

Millions of homeowners are leaving themselves financially vulnerable by failing to have insurance in place to cover their mortgage payments in case they can’t work.   Research by insurer Royal [...]

BT shares fall as telecoms giant sets out plans to tackle pension deficit

BT shares fall as telecoms giant sets out plans to tackle pension deficit

Shares in telecoms giant BT fell this morning as the company announced it was holding back £2 billion to try and tackle its swelling pension deficit.   BT shares helped [...]

Wage falls hit middle classes hardest but pay expected to rise this year

Wage falls hit middle classes hardest but pay expected to rise this year

Wages are set to rise this year providing respite to the middle classes who have seen the largest fall in earnings since the recession.   Analysis by the Institute of [...]

City watchdog may impose time limit on PPI complaints

City watchdog may impose time limit on PPI complaints

The City watchdog is to review whether its clampdown on payment protection insurance (PPI) compensation plan have been a success and possibly look at a time restriction on complaints.   [...]

US Fed statement hints that US interest rate rise may be delayed

Schroders US fixed income portfolio Manager Lisa Hornby takes a look at yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement… The January FOMC statement was relatively unchanged compared to the December [...]

Smart money backing another hung Parliament in the UK says spread betting firm

Brenda Kelly, Chief Market Analyst at IG Group, discusses why the smart money is putting its weight behind a hung Parliament: “It is still 100 days to go until the [...]

Cost of home insurance falls 6%

The cost of home insurance has fallen by 6% for buildings cover and 5% for contents over the last year, new figures reveal. The average annual premium paid for building [...]

Greek elections: What to expect now – expert reactions…

Syriza has obtained a strong victory in the Greek elections gaining more than 36% of votes – we highlight the expert reactions below… Paras Anand, head of European equities at [...]

Has the ECB done the right thing with QE?

Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment looks into on European Central Banks QE plan… As the details of the ECB’s quantitative easing plan are brought into [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Why Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone are a ‘buy’ for The Share Centre

The Share Centre has added Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone to its ‘buy’ list. The broker said that at Infinis Energy, a fall in share price and an a dividend [...]

MPC now voting nine to nil in favour of keeping base rate at 0.5%

The two dissenting voices on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee have now come back into line with the rest of committee and no longer want to see a [...]

Nationwide launches lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.84%

Nationwide Building Society is launching the lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage on the market at 2.84% tomorrow. The deal, fixed until 2025, is available to borrowers with a 40% deposit [...]

Citizens Advice reveal locations for free pensions guidance

Citizens Advice has announced the first 44 bureaux in England and Wales which will be offering  face-to-face Pension Wise guidance sessions under a Government-backed initiative. Each delivery centre will have [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

Climate change – an investment play for today?

It is often said that climate and carbon themes are not financially material risk factors in the short to medium term writes Axa Investment Management’s Luisa Florez… As an illustration, [...]

Mindful Money’s Mortgage Calculators

Mindful Money has launched a range of mortgage tools so readers can now search online for the best deals.  We’ve teamed up with London & Country, the UK’s leading fee [...]

One in six suffer their financial woes in silence

One in six people have kept secrets from their loved ones by hiding or lying about rent or mortgage troubles. Struggling individuals will go to great lengths to hide their [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

A third of 18-24 year olds have taken on a second job to make ends meet

A third of 18 to 24-year-olds have been forced to take on a second job, in order to make ends meet claims new research from budgeting account provider thinkmoney.co.uk. But [...]

12% of over-40s say they could manage on the State Pension alone

Given the significant amount of Britons saving nowhere near enough for retirement, some 12% of over-40s assert that they would be able survive solely on the State Pension if it [...]

Ticket operator Trainline.com gears up for IPO

The UK’s biggest train ticket retailer Trainline.com has announced its intention to float. The operator’s private equity owners Exponent, hired Morgan Stanley last July to oversee a potential £400m float, according [...]

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