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FCA to Introduce new Regulations for Payday Loan Brokers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to introduce new regulations to crack down on questionable practises by loan brokers resulting in many of the poorest members of society being stung by hidden fees and excessive charges while applying for payday loans.

3 Dec 2014 Read More

Black Friday and Cyber Monday; an Analysis

The weekend after Thanksgiving marks arguably the biggest annual retail event, with severed prices and the receipt of November wages marrying up to make for a whirlwind of budget shopping.

3 Dec 2014 Read More

Christmas shopping need not be at a cost

There's one month to go now until Christmas Day - getting ready? Money-saving at Christmas can be tough, especially when there's a lot to pay for, and a lot of time to fill.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Co-operative Bank admits it is unlikely to pass the Bank of England’s annual test of its financial strength.

The Co-operative Bank has divulged that it would “come as no surprise” if it failed the Bank of England’s rigorous evaluation of its financial viability this December, a year after it was found to be teetering on the precipice of ruin.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

‘Vishing’ phone scams increases by threefold in 2014 – How to avoid falling victim to these fraudsters

A notable increase in the number of phone scammers posing as officials in order to prise money away from unwitting consumers has led to the initiation of a widespread anti-fraud campaign to alert the public to the snowballing danger of such skulduggery.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Barclays prepares to launch ‘video call’ banking focussed on consumer-orientated service

Barclays customers are to be the first able to conduct face-to-face video calls with their branch’s advisers from the comfort of their own homes, in the latest consumer-orientated move made by lenders aware of the flourishing digital age the world is entering.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Pre-recession levels of unsecured borrowing as Consumers splash out on large Purchases

Consumers took full advantage of the profusion of cheap credit advertised by lenders in recent times, as credit card usage and gross unsecured borrowing rose at an annual rate not seen since before the financial crisis of 2007-8.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Calls for Payday Loan Adverts to be banned before 9pm as misery continues for heavily criticised industry

Advertising for payday loans could be banned from TV before 9pm, as the advertising regulator mulls over the possibility of taking another step towards shunning the much maligned industry.

28 Nov 2014 Read More

House Price Growth at lowest level for 2014, though Average UK House Price reaches record high

Although property values reached record highs in November, house price growth fell to its lowest level this year as the property market continues to cool, according to Nationwide.

28 Nov 2014 Read More

Black Friday upon us and sales expected to hit the roof – Consumers should keep their feet on the ground

Today is the date of Thanksgiving in the US and with all due respect to the traditions which accompany a festival of such esteem, it heralds a far more significant occasion tomorrow as far as the UK is concerned.

27 Nov 2014 Read More

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