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Capricorns are most likely to buy a new car

20 November 2014

Dealers looking to increase their new car sales in next year may well want to open their sales pitch by checking when customers celebrate their birthday. A recent survey by [...]

Energy bills continue to baffle millions of consumers

20 November 2014

Despite the spring ushering in new rules from energy regulator Ofgem requiring energy companies to simplify bills, research shows that millions of customers are still struggling to understand their electricity [...]

Landline rental costs rocket by 29% in just three years

20 November 2014

Just as Virgin Media confirmed it is hiking the price of monthly home phone rental by an inflation busting 6.25%, new research claims the cost of a landline has increased [...]

Gross mortgage lending jumps 8% year-on-year in October

20 November 2014

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% on an annual basis to reach £19bn in October according to the latest estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The trade body’s latest [...]

More than £41m of premium bond prizes remain unclaimed

20 November 2014

Across Britain more than 928,000 Premium Bonds prizes worth over £41m have yet to be claimed. As a result NS&I are calling for Premium Bonds holders to come forward to [...]

The Royal Bank of Scotland hit with £56m fine for 2012 IT failures

20 November 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been hit with a £56m fine by UK regulators as a result of IT failures in 2012. The 80% government owned bank has [...]

Savvy second time buyers biding their time to jump straight into a family home

19 November 2014

Homeowners living in their first home are increasingly looking to move into bigger four bedroom detached houses, reducing the number of steps they are taking on the property ladder to [...]

Britons set to splash more than £17bn on Christmas cheer

18 November 2014

British festive expenditure is set to top £17bn this year with Britons expected to splash out an average of £383 per person claims new research from MoneySuperMarket. The comparison site [...]

A third of young drivers happy to lie if it means a cheaper deal on car insurance

18 November 2014

A third of young drivers are happy to lie if it means getting a cheaper deal on their car insurance. Research from switching site, Gocompare.com found that 33% of UK [...]

Britons dramatically underestimating costs of annual household bills

17 November 2014

British households are increasingly underestimating their main bills by an average of £770 according to research from Santander. When it comes to predicting what council tax, gas, water and electricity [...]

End of ‘a job for life’: younger generations face nine jobs and longer working lives

14 November 2014

Older relatives may have enjoyed a job for life but now the average person has nine jobs and will earn less and retire seven years later than their grandparents. Figures [...]

A third of tenants paying for their own home repairs

13 November 2014

While one of the perks of renting – as opposed to owning your property – is not having to pay for household repairs but new research shows that many tenants [...]

Financial mutuals launch campaign to get a better deal for consumers

13 November 2014

The Building Societies Association (BSA) and the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM) have launched a campaign in a bid to ensure consumers get a better deal. The two trade organisations, [...]

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to drop latest figures show

13 November 2014

New figures from trade body the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show a continuing reduction in the number of both repossessions and mortgages in arrears. The statistics for the three [...]

The Money Taboo: Millions are stressed but talking about finances remains off limits

13 November 2014

A massive 41% of Britons admit that money problems remain one of their biggest stresses yet nearly half, at 46%, refuse to talk about their woes according to new research [...]

Motorists remain unsure about whether to trust driverless cars

12 November 2014

Half of UK motorists say they would trust a driverless car to park for them, but only a third would put their faith in the vehicles to spot hazards on [...]

New collective switching energy deal jumps to the top of best buys

12 November 2014

Extra Energy’s Saverplus Collective Jan 2016 tariff has topped the tables of the cheapest short-term fixed deals for dual fuel customers. The new tariff, launched today, will cost the average [...]

Poor overdraft deals could cost customers up to £180 per month

11 November 2014

Customers are being urged to shop around for the best overdraft deals as opting for the wrong account could cost up to £180 per month. Using unathorised overdrafts, where a [...]

Price cap on payday loans unveiled

11 November 2014

The City regulator has announced  the cap on the amount payday lenders can charge borrowers from January. Interest rates will be capped at 0.8% of the amount borrowed per day, [...]

Latest offer from Npower points to 3% drop in energy prices in less than a month

10 November 2014

Npower’s latest tariff may arrive as the second cheapest short fix for medium energy users on the market but more importantly it points to an easing back in energy prices. [...]

Lloyds launches “market leading” low interest rate credit card

10 November 2014

Lloyds Bank has launched what it has labeled a “market leading low interest rate credit card”. The new deal, which is available online only, offers a purchase and balance transfer [...]

Research shows a third of home owning Britons would struggle with a hike in interest rates

10 November 2014

Around a third of homeowners would be at pains to meet their mortgage payments if interest rates rise were to rise by just 2% according to an analysis by ICM [...]

Savings account round-up: Rates continue to slide

10 November 2014

Providers are continuing to cut the rates on offer particularly amongst fixed rate accounts but even so there have been some noteworthy launches claims independent savings website SavingsChampion.co.uk. For its part [...]

Organised gangs drive increase in “crash for cash” accidents

6 November 2014

Crash for cash – road traffic accidents deliberately caused in order to claim whiplash compensation are at an all-time high according to Aviva. The insurer claimed that organised gangs are [...]

TSB slashes its personal loan rates but only for existing customers

6 November 2014

TSB has launched its lowest-ever personal loan rate but only for existing bank account customers. The lender has cut rates for personal loans from 6.9% APR representative to 4.9% APR [...]

First:Utility’s new best-buy tariff could save households £370 a year

6 November 2014

Household energy provider First:Utility has thrown down the gauntlet and launched a new short fixed tariff which could save a typical customer £370 a year. The new deal has jumped straight [...]

Swinton directors hit with £928,000 fine for mis-selling

5 November 2014

The City watchdog has fined three former senior executives of Swinton £928,000 and banned them from taking up top roles after mis-selling of insurance at the business. The Financial Conduct [...]

The true financial cost of stress in the workplace

5 November 2014

Almost a quarter of UK workers have called in sick because of stress in the past year at a cost of £690 million per wasted day. Friends Life, which carried [...]

Government to crack down on poor mobile signal

5 November 2014

The Government is set to announce plans to demand mobile providers improve their network coverage. The plan to eradicate partial “notspots”, where there is coverage from some but not all [...]

iPhone 6 outsells competition despite “bendgate”

4 November 2014

Apple’s iPhone 6 was the UK’s most popular mobile handset in October, despite criticisms that it could be easily bent and bugs with the iOS8 upgrade. The league table, from [...]

Women effectively work the rest of this year for free due to pay gap

4 November 2014

From today, women are effectively working the rest of the year for free when you take into account the gender pay gap between male and female employees. Full-time working women [...]

The world’s 10 most expensive ski resorts

4 November 2014

Aspen in the US is the world’s priciest ski resort as a week on the slopes will set you back £2,329 before flights and accommodation, a study by No. 1 [...]

Overtime will count towards holiday pay after workers win landmark case

4 November 2014

Employees have won a landmark case for additional holiday pay to be awarded when they work overtime. The case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal was brought by Britain’s largest union, [...]

One in five holidaymakers travelling uninsured

24 October 2014

One in five holidaymakers are travelling overseas without travel insurance, with ABTA blaming the lack of insurance on regulatory changes. A total of 22% of people now travel abroad uninsured, [...]

Car insurance premiums start to rise as fake whiplash claims continue to plague insurers

22 October 2014

The cost of car insurance has once again started to rise after more than a year of falling premiums, as whiplash claims remain high. In the three months to the [...]

Full-nest syndrome is costing parents £3bn per year

22 October 2014

Grown-up children who are still living in their family home are costing parents £3.2 billion a year in extra expenses, a new study has revealed. There are now 2.7 million [...]

Brits lose £670m per year to online fraudsters

21 October 2014

Online fraud is costing Britons £670m per year, figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have revealed. The study, released  today as part of Get Safe Online week, found that [...]

Households offered more cash for green home improvements

7 October 2014

Households are to be offered cash for wall insulation, new boilers and double glazing as the Governments puts £100m into re-opening the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The scheme launched [...]

200,000 pensioners to receive extra help with energy bills

3 October 2014

The government has announced it will provide extra help to 200,000 pensioners to help them pay their gas and electricity bills. In order to ensure elderly people can meet the [...]

DVLA website crashes as motorists try and renew car tax

1 October 2014

Thousands of motorists were unable to renew their car tax earlier today as the DVLA website crashed under the new system which has scrapped paper discs. The BBC reported that [...]

Customers urged to switch supplier as fixed energy deals end

1 October 2014

Households have been urged to check their energy bills as 12 fixed-rate tariffs are expiring at the end of the month, adding up to £205 to the cost of annual [...]

Sainsbury’s ad blunder causes Twitter storm

30 September 2014

Sainsbury’s has been caught out in an embarrassing blunder as a Twitter user spotted a poster in a store window which had been intended for staff eyes only. The poster called [...]

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

30 September 2014

One in five payday loan borrowers is not told about the risks of extending the loan, Citizens Advice has warned. The charity said lenders have been slow to improve their [...]

Wonga’s profits halve after compensation bill

30 September 2014

Profits at payday lender Wonga have halved after the company  faced a compensation bill for using unfair tactics against customers. Wonga’s profits dropped by 53% from £84.5m to £39.7m in [...]

Cheaper car insurance premiums likely in shake up of ‘restrictive’ deals between insurers and price comparison sites

24 September 2014

Car insurance premiums should fall as the competition authorities ban exclusive agreements between car insurers and online price comparison sites. The Competition and Markets Authority is banning restrictive agreements which [...]

First time switchers could cut energy bills by a quarter

24 September 2014

Britons could cut bills by a quarter by switching for the first time with households losing out by £323 a year by remaining with traditional energy supplier according to calculations [...]

Holidaymakers unfairly penalised by insurers for having a drink

23 September 2014

Holidaymakers who have accidents after having only one or two drinks are being unfairly accused of “alcoholism” by insurers seeking to reject their claims, the Financial Ombudsman Service has warned. [...]

Warning on cruise ship medical costs if passengers get sick

17 September 2014

A travel insurance website has warned cruise ship passengers that they could face big medical bills – at higher prices that UK private medical care if they get sick on [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

16 September 2014

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

Want to send you children to private school? You better start saving

5 September 2014

Sending a child to private school cost an average of £12,500 a year, eating up 37% of the average salary.   Private school fees for day pupils have increased by [...]

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