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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

UK Government is Still Underestimating Inflation According to Fool.co.uk's Inflation Index / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: Fool.co.uk

Despite two interest rate hikes this year to curb the cost of living, Fool.co.uk readers say official inflation figures are still wide of the mark (1).

  • Consumers say the true rate of inflation is 7.3% not 2.5%
  • Inflation is lower for men than women
  • Older people are worst affected by inflation
  • Scotland experiences the lowest rate of inflation
  • Northern Ireland experiences the highest rate of inflation
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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Impact of Interest Rate Rise to 5.75percent on Mortgages and Savings / Personal_Finance / UK Interest Rates

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts.co.uk – Base Rate Ready Reckoner : With base rate almost certain to rise a further 0.25% this Thursday, this might come in handy!

MORTGAGES
Impact of a further increase

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Personal_Finance

Monday, July 02, 2007

Headline grabbing savings accounts – How long before we see a 20% interest rate? / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Rachel Thrussell, Head of Savings at Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine, comments on the new regular savings accounts launched today from Alliance & Leicester and Abbey:

Alliance & Leicester
“Alliance & Leicester has really taken savings market to another level with the launch of its Mortgage Regular Saver, not only in terms of its headline rate but also the number of conditions that are attached. The headline interest rate of 15% may look fantastic, and for anyone who can match the account requirements it is the best paying regular saver on the market.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Barclays Tax Beater Cash ISA Does Not Live Up to Promises of Back Dating Interest / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Many UK Savers investing in the Barclays Tax Beater Cash ISA were sucked into the headline 6.50% interest rate, well above competitor cash ISA's that at the time were hovering at around 6%. However on opening a Tax Beater Cash ISA, savers were met with an open ended delay in account opening, running into several months.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nationwide Calls On Gordon Brown to Make a Difference on Housing and Savings As He Moved to No 10 / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nationwide

Nationwide Building Society has challenged Gordon Brown to put hard-pressed home buyers and savers at the top of his agenda through real reform that will make a genuine difference. During Mr Brown's ten-year tenure as Chancellor he has made some significant changes, including the introduction of the Child Trust Fund and increases to stamp duty thresholds. However, Nationwide continues to believe there are some major concerns that still need to be addressed. As he enters No. 10 as Prime Minister on 27 June, Nationwide Building Society calls on Gordon Brown to:

  • Ensure fair tax treatment for all child savers
  • Provide more help for hard pressed home buyers
  • Increase the limits on annual ISA savings
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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 22, 2007

Home Buying Valuations - The Forgotten Mortgage Fee / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Julia Harris, mortgage analyst at Moneyfatcs.co.uk – the money search engine comments:“As we move away from a totally rate driven mortgage market, much focus has been placed on total cost, inclusive of rising arrangement and exit fees. We also talk of higher lending charges, procuration fees and redemption charges, and even go so far about complaining about the money transfer fee. But one fee, which perhaps we view as a service charge, has slipped through the net – the valuation fee.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Banks Prepared to Pay You to Bank With Them / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Michelle Slade of Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine, comments:“Current accounts are big business for the banks, and this has been made clear by several banks who over the last six months have been offering deals to entice you to switch. Not only does it secure them your prime current account, more importantly, it offers the opportunity to cross sell their whole range of other products.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Nationwide Launches New Range of Fixed Rate Bonds Paying up to 6.15% / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nationwide

Nationwide Building Society has launched a new range of Fixed Rate Bonds offering highly competitive interest rates and guaranteed returns for savers. The following new Fixed Rate Bonds will be available:

  • One year Fixed Rate Bond
  • Two year Loyalty Fixed Rate Bond
  • One and two year Fixed Rate e-Bonds
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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 15, 2007

Barclays 6.5% Fixed Rate Mini Cash ISA Account Opening Delays Continue / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Shahla_Walayat

When Barclays first announced their 6.5% Mini Cash ISA account to the public on 16th March 2007, many savers leapt with joy at this excellent 12 month fixed rate ISA. However, having applied for the account months ago, people are still waiting for the accounts to be opened.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 15, 2007

Top 10 Personal Finance Tips for Graduates by MoneyFacts.co.uk / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Andrew Hagger, Head of Press at Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine comments:“On leaving university, searching for the best current account provider may be the last thing on many graduates’ minds. But by taking the time to shop around, they could find an account that suits their circumstances and also save some money into the bargain.

“There are only six UK providers of graduate finance, so choice is limited to the major players.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 15, 2007

What was it like when interest rates were last at 5.50percent? / Personal_Finance / UK Interest Rates

By: MoneyFacts

Julia Harris, Mortgage Analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine, comments:“It’s over a month since base rate rose a further quarter point to 5.50% and with the last MPC decision to keep rates on hold the mortgage market is starting to show signs of settling down. But with another rise anticipated in the short term the market will just have time to come up for air before products are repriced yet again.

“So how do today’s best deals compare with when rates were last 5.50% in May 2001 and 5.75% in March 2001?

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Tips For Responsible Credit Card Use When You Have Bad Credit / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Submissions

Here are some great tips for responsible credit card use.

If you have several credit cards look into transferring the balances to one or two that have the lowest interest rates and then get rid of the other credit cards. By limiting the number of credit cards that you own you will not have to worry about juggling a repayment schedule that you can't afford to keep up with. Once you have the balances on your remaining credit card under control then try to limit your purchases to things that you really need.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Fool.co.uk calls for further simplification of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Fool.co.uk

Virtually all savers find the plethora of rules governing ISAs confusing according to new research (1) by independent personal finance website Fool.co.uk.

  • One in five savers think couples can open a joint ISA
  • Two out of five say you lose your tax benefits if you withdraw money from an ISA
  • Four out of five think ISA season ends in April
  • Three out of ten savers reckon CAT standard ISAs are better
  • One in five savers believe they must tell the taxman about their ISA nest egg
  • One in ten think all cash ISAs are the same
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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 08, 2007

UK Savings and Banking Services Update / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts.co.uk team comments on:
o Mortgages – the best of both worlds
o The fixed rate mortgage disappearing act
o Post Office card – giving with one hand and taking with the other
o New Halifax Online Card – a great 0% deals
o Personal loan rates take a battering
o Fixed rate ISAs on the up

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Nationwide Launches New Range of Fixed Rate Cash ISA Bonds Paying 6.05% / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nationwide

Nationwide Building Society has announced that it will be launching a new range of Fixed Rate ISA Bonds with effect from 6 June 2007. The new one and two year Fixed Rate ISA Bonds will pay a highly competitive interest rate of 6.05%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Five Hot Tips To Get Out Of Debt Forever / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Submissions

The financial and psychological burden of being in debt causes us and our families continuous emotional stress. That stress eats away at the quality of our lives and leaves us feeling powerless, angry, depressed and helpless.

But there is a way out – in fact, there are five simple and straightforward ways out of debt - and if you apply this five point plan to your life today you will have taken the first step on your personal road to debt free living for life.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Hidden Higher Mortgage Lending Charge / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Julia Harris, mortgage analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine, comments:“As more people are struggling to afford the substantial deposits required to take that first step on property ladder, it is commonplace for the mortgage advance to represent at least 90% of the property value for many first time buyers.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, June 04, 2007

Bankruptcy No Easy Way Out of Debt / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Submissions

According to the latest report, 2007 was witness to a steep rise in the number of people having CCJs registered against them. Conservative estimate put the number at a rough 850,000. It seems that quite a lot of consumers see bankruptcy as the only way out.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Top Up Early and See your Cash and Shares ISAs Grow / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nationwide

ISA holders could earn an additional £594 million by topping up at the start of the tax year

Nationwide Building Society estimates that people in the UK could receive an additional £594 million on their savings and investments by topping up their existing Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) at the beginning of the new tax year, rather than at the end.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Credit card fees: What are you paying for? / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Michelle Slade of Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine comments:“Since the OFTs intervention in the credit card market to cap penalty fees, card providers have used numerous rate and fee increases, and have tweaked terms and conditions in an attempt to recoup the lost revenue, with the latest tack being to introduce annual fees.

“Most annual fees recently introduced have the common condition to charge only when the card has low usage, either in terms of the frequency of transactions or their value.

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