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Building up a credit history

Your credit report is part of what lenders and finance providers use to decide whether you’re a suitable customer when they size up your credit application.

11 Sep 2014 Read More

Over 1 million savers switch bank account on the back of trade body’s ‘switch guarantee’ scheme

1.1 million customers have switched lender since the government’s current account scheme was launched on September 16th last year.

11 Sep 2014 Read More

Current retirees revelling in surplus funds, according to new research from IFS

Current retirees born in the 1940s are living comfortably of their lucrative pensions, and have easily had enough funds to finance their lifestyles over the past decade, which has been characterised by fiscal turmoil for the majority of the population.

11 Sep 2014 Read More

Barratts profits increased by twofold amid signs that Help to Buy has stimulated the housing recovery over the past 18 months

The UK’s no. 1 housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has reported a doubling in annual profits deepening the extent of the UK’s housing market recovery, and pointing to the positives of the Coalition’s flagship Help to Buy scheme.

10 Sep 2014 Read More

Smart meters will save customers a max of 3% on their annual energy bill over the next 15 years – Yet they will cost £11 a year to run

The state-backed installation of smart meters will save customers only 2% on the average annual energy bill, valued at £1328, until 2020 with savings expected to rise to 3% by 2030.

10 Sep 2014 Read More

Bank of England governor indicates real wages will increase by mid-2015 – What does this mean for Interest Rates?

Mark Carney has indicated that wages will rise in line with inflation “around the middle of next year”, from whence they are speculated to outstrip inflation, in a speech to delegates at the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

10 Sep 2014 Read More

Barclaycard, Tesco & Sainsburys improve their Balance Transfer Credit Card offers

The degree of competition in the balance transfer card sector intensified yesterday as three of Britain’s banking behemoths all enhanced their best 0% balance transfer credit card deals.

9 Sep 2014 Read More

House prices stabilise over August – Can much more than a meal be made out of this?

UK house prices remained stable over August, suggesting the blistering pace at which they were shooting upwards could have eased over recent months, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, Halifax, revealed in today’s freshly published data.

9 Sep 2014 Read More

Savers are urged to be on the lookout for Sleazy Scam Arists set on stealing Pension Savings

Fraudsters are exploiting the reforms to the pension sector, set to be enacted in April 2015, which allow those of pensionable age, 55 and over, to take out the total £30,000-strong amount of their pension as opposed to the £18,000 they are currently afforded access too.

9 Sep 2014 Read More

Bank of England are advised to consider the averagely paid worker’s financial disposition before choosing to hike base rate, says TUC

The leader of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called for the Bank of England to pay due heed to the financial security of the worker on average pay when considering a base rate hike, suggesting that before this group of people has been positively influenced by the economy’s recovery, interest rates ought to be held at their present level.

8 Sep 2014 Read More

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