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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Monday, July 27, 2009

Student Bank Accounts Analysis and Comparison / Personal_Finance / Student Finances

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a few month’s time, many students will be preparing to leave home and head off to university. For many it will be the first time they are fully in charge of their finances, with budgeting and bill paying becoming a necessary evil.

Many students leave university with five figure debts, so, it’s worth them putting in some time and effort to finding the most suitable student account for their needs.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Customers Pay to Rebuild Bank Profits / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Sarah_Jones

Banks and building societies are trying to rebuild their balance sheets at the expense of retail customers, according to Moneyfacts.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Marlin Financial Services Dispatches Debt Recovery Bad Practice, Harassing Debtors / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChannel 4 Dispatches programme " Undercover Debt Collector" earlier this week (available on 4oD) showed clear and repeat systemic breaches of the office of fair trading act in misleading and harassment of debtors by Marlin Financial Services.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Graduate Finance, Bank Accounts Overdraft and Fees Analysis / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs another academic year draws to a close, many graduates are leaving university to enter very challenging times. The recession is having a detrimental effect on the number of jobs available, so it is important that students take their finances seriously.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Investments and Life Pension Absolute Return Funds Failing to Live up to Expectations / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbsolute return funds may have proved a popular choice for many investors during the recent stock market troubles, but the latest survey from Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts has raised concerns whether they have been delivering on their promise to produce positive returns each year.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lenders Shy Away From Unsecured Borrowing / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: MoneyFacts

Latest figures from Moneyfacts.co.uk show a 37% drop over the last two years in the number of lenders offering unsecured personal loans.

Barclaycard is the latest lender to pull out of the market, but loans are still available through Barclays Bank.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Building Societies Increase Savings Accounts Interest Rate Consistency Dominance / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwo years ago, when Moneyfacts.co.uk started to monitor the most consistent savings accounts, building societies came out on top, taking 72% of the top places.

Despite the turbulent economic conditions that the last two years has brought, the building societies have continued to increase their dominance for consistent paying savings account, today taking 83% of the top places.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Brits Taking Risks When Holidaying Abroad Summer 2009 / Personal_Finance / Social Issues

By: MoneySupermarket

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCountless campaigns warn Brits about the dangers associated with sun burn, binge drinking and having unprotected sex whilst on holidays.  But despite this, a third of Brits (33 per cent) are more likely to take risks on holiday abroad and do things that they wouldn't at home, according to research released by travel comparison site travelsupermarket.com.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

E.ON Energy Leads with Way with Tiny Gas Price Cuts / Personal_Finance / Household Bills

By: MoneySupermarket

Scott Byrom, utilities manager at moneysupermarket.com, said: "This price drop is a tiny step in the right direction.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Banks Squeeze Credit Card Account Holders / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the course of this recession, consumer attitudes towards spending have changed. So have banks' attitudes towards lending.

In regards to consumer spending and credit cards, some consumers have had a voluntary attitude adjustment. Others have had an attitude adjustment thrust upon them. Several articles will show what I mean.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Great Banking Confusion / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Mansoor_H_Khan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe (usually) transparent process of inter-bank lending works so well that most of the time we don't even think about it. This process has largely weaned the public away from physical paper money. Note that most money (about 90%) now exists only as entries on bank ledgers, backed by loans (debt).   Also, note that possessing physical paper dollars is like having equity in the economic output of the United States of America, and has no credit risk associated to it. Physical paper money is not anyone's liability.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How to Improve Your FICO Credit Rating Score / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: In the Dividend Superstars issue that just went to press, I talked about FICO credit scores — the three-digit numbers that greatly determine how much money we can borrow, what interest rates we pay, and even how employers and landlords view us.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fixed Rate Bonds Interest Rates Rise as Savers Benefit While Borrowers Suffer / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBorrowers and savers looking for fixed rate deals are seeing very different fortunes.

As the cost of fixed rate mortgages continues to rise, so do the rates on fixed rate bonds as providers look to their savings book for funding rather than the money markets.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Four Ways to Immunize Your Savings Against the Ravages of Inflation / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: Right now, there's more than $9.5 trillion in cash on the sidelines - or more than twice the amount of money currently invested in stock mutual funds, according to MoneyNet.inc and the U.S. Federal Reserve. Private equity firms alone are believed to hold as much as an additional $1.3 trillion.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gas and Electric Energy Bills Consumption and Tariffs Analysis / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: MoneySupermarket

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBrits living in flats and terraced houses could be paying over the odds for their gas and electricity by not correctly identifying the best value energy product for their consumption, according to moneysupermarket.com.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Best UK Financial Products and Services Award Winners 2009 / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe winners of the 2009 Moneyfacts Awards were announced today at the prestigious Brewery venue in London. Industry professionals from the leading financial institutions and industry bodies gathered at a special awards lunch hosted by Bill Turnbull, of BBC Breakfast and Strictly Come Dancing fame. This widely anticipated and well supported event celebrated the best products and service in the personal finance world, showcasing those providers that continue to support the sector at a time when its success and growth has never been more important.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Personal Finance Five Simple Rules for a Happier Wealthier Life / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: I was amazed and overwhelmed by all of the great feedback you shared with me after last week’s column. My blog was filled with your wonderful anecdotes, advice, and even a little good-hearted admonishment (Okay, maybe I did overestimate Mr. and Mrs. Median’s taxes a bit, guys!).

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Capital One Selling its Savings Book to Skipton Building Society / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneySupermarket

Kevin Mountford, head of banking at moneysupermarket.com says: "It is no surprise that in current market conditions we are seeing further mergers and acquisitions between banks and building societies.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

UK Fixed Rate HISAVE Savings Bonds by ICICI Upto 4.40% / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Shahla_Walayat

ICICI Bank has revamped its fixed rate bonds by offering a selection of bonds ranging from 6months to 5 years and paying upto 4.4% far higher than the competition which ranges up from just 0.5% upto typically 3%, this is set against continuing retail prices deflation which implies little sign of significantly higher base interest rates for the rest of of this year.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nationwide Fixed Rate E-Bonds Paying Upto 4.15% / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Shahla_Walayat

The Nationwide has recently launched a selection of fixed rate bonds which range between maturities of 6 months to 5 years and pay upto a respectable 4.15%, especially in light of many current issues by banks and building society that fail to pay more than 3%.

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