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PPI complaint levels at all-time high as consumer discontent continues, says Financial Ombudsman Service

The number of payment protection insurance (PPI) complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in the 12 months to June 2014 reached an all-time high, as consumer animosity and wariness towards financial product providers continues to characterise the opening years of this decade.

19 Sep 2014 Read More

Are pensioners better off deferring their state pension for larger, long-term pots?

Criticised for being insufficient, maligned for poor access and constantly rising in its qualification age, the state pension has been a topic of huge contention and debate in the past decade.

18 Sep 2014 Read More

Does the recent fall in CML lending figures mean the property market is finally stabilising?

Total mortgage lending by the nation’s banks and building societies to aspiring homeowners dropped by a monumental 5% from £19.7 billion in July to £18.6 billion in August, according to the latest round of figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

18 Sep 2014 Read More

What does the ISA market have to offer aspiring savers at present?

It is safe to say that the past few years have been a torrid time for the savers of the country, who have consistently been subjected to repeated contractions in the rates they are being offered by banks and building societies when pursuing the acquisition of an ISA.

17 Sep 2014 Read More

Worker wage squeeze remains rife as UK unemployment falls to 6.2%, says ONS

The news that the country’s unemployment rate has now fallen to its lowest value since 2008 would usually be welcomed with acclaim and applause, but it is separate statistics describing the stagnant growth in worker wages during the second quarter of this year which has stolen the headlines.

17 Sep 2014 Read More

‘Welcome news for consumer spending power’ as UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%

Consumers across the UK have seen the inflationary pressures on their wages softened over the past month, with the latest annual disclosure indicating that it fell to just 1.5% in the year to August.

16 Sep 2014 Read More

Barclaycard launches historically long 34-month 0% balance transfer card

Barclaycard have launched their latest zero interest balance transfer product, offering consumers the chance to consolidate their debt for a staggeringly long period of 34 months.

16 Sep 2014 Read More

Tenants to finally be given ‘revenge eviction’ protection from renegade landlords over legitimate complaints

An estimated nine million people in the UK private rental sector could receive additional protection from their landlord’s in the event that they attempt to evict them, following the successful passage of a private member’s bill through government.

15 Sep 2014 Read More

Deception from car insurance firms is driving up motorist premiums, says Fairer Finance

Car insurance companies have continued to deceive motorists out of hundreds of pounds each year by cleverly burying hidden fees and charges into their policy small prints and intentionally failing to make these clear to them, according to research from prominent consumer group Fairer Finance.

15 Sep 2014 Read More

Record Increase in Number of First-Time Buyers in July reflects savers’ parting with 20% of their Monthly Income on Mortgage Repayments

Over 30,000 first-time buyers took out mortgages in July, the highest monthly figure since the outbreak of the financial crisis, expending 20% of their incomes in lieu of housing costs.

12 Sep 2014 Read More

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