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ISAs can be received by widowed spouses tax-free as part of Osborne’s Autumn Statement

The masses of ISA savers will welcome George Osborne sounding the death knell on savers’ spouses having to pay tax on any returns on their partner’s savings upon their passing.

8 Dec 2014 Read More

Britain enduring poorest real wage performance out of all top G20 powers since 2007, according to ILO

Now is the winter of our austerity, as the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) most recent findings underscore the woeful situation British workers are facing regarding real wage growth.

8 Dec 2014 Read More

House price growth weakens again in November says Halifax whilst Stamp Duty is slashed for ‘98% of people’

House prices rose by 0.4% in November, taking house price growth over the preceding 12 months to 8.2% as consumers continue to display a reluctance to engage in the market.

5 Dec 2014 Read More

British Gas fined £11.1m for failure to deliver energy efficiency measures on time

British Gas has been slapped with a fine amount to a cool £11.1m for failing to adequately supply households with the energy efficient measures government required of it.

5 Dec 2014 Read More

Fixed-Rates For Mortgage Plans Reach New Low

The steady decrease in fixed-rate mortgage prices continues as HSBC announce new mortgage plan with a five-year fixed-rate of 2.48%, edging ever closer to the record lows set by Yorkshire Building Society at 2.44% in August 2013.

3 Dec 2014 Read More

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

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