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Funding for Lending comes under greater scrutiny due to poor figures for SME lending in the second quarter

Lending to Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) continued to fall in the second quarter, casting further obscurity over the validity of the state-backed Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS).

2 Sep 2014 Read More

Payday Loans spiralled over first 6 months of 2014 – Further reform needed by FCA, says StepChange

Payday loans continue to adversely affect the British public, as new data released by debt advice charity, StepChange, reveals that the number of payday debtors with no option but to seek aid has increased by an estimated 42% over the first 6 months of the year.

2 Sep 2014 Read More

First Direct brings out new Market-Leading Fixed-Rate Mortgage

With an interest rate hike looming on the horizon, homeowners can take heart from the new fixed rate mortgage offering of 2.89% from First Direct, which by doing so establishes itself as the mortgage lender proffering the best value on the market.

1 Sep 2014 Read More

‘64’ number plates introduced – New Car Purchases could mean Lower Insurance & Maintenance Costs

September 1st, today’s date, marks the release of the new ‘64’ number plate and car suppliers will hope that accompanying it will be an influx of eager buyers , bucking the conservative trend on consumer spending, and splurging on a new set of wheels.

1 Sep 2014 Read More

House Sellers forced to lower Asking Prices due to Reduced Demand – London House Price Growth particularly slow

House Sellers are being forced into lowering their asking prices, as an increasing number of buyers shift their position on the amount they are willing to pay to purchase new homes, according to new data which indicates that heat could be leaving the housing market.

1 Sep 2014 Read More

FCA instructs lenders to Re-Evaluate over 2.5m Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims

Over 2.5m complainants are to have their past claims over Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) re-evaluated by banks and lenders, as the financial regulator questions the latter’s handling of customers’ grievances.

1 Sep 2014 Read More

Ofgem publishes latest estimates of costs and revenues for a tyical large energy supplier

Ofgem has today published its latest monthly projection of costs and revenues for a typical large energy supplier over the coming 12 months

29 Aug 2014 Read More

Be a money-savvy wedding guest

It’s traditional to cry at weddings, but sometimes it’s not just the sight of friends getting hitched that might bring a tear to the eye.

29 Aug 2014 Read More

37% of Working Parents cutting down on Food Costs to cope with spiralling Housing Payments and Rising Bills

37% of working parents are spending less on foodstuffs in order to cope with rising rental costs and mortgage payments, according to housing charity Shelter.

28 Aug 2014 Read More

Lidl turns up the heat on rival competitors as sales are expected to reach £4bn

Lidl has cranked up the heat on Britain’s so called ‘big four’ supermarkets, as the German retailer revealed its heightened marketing ambition through the unveiling of an extensive advertising campaign.

28 Aug 2014 Read More

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