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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Exceptional Business Service Awards – Pay It Forward / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Steve_Selengut

Maybe it’s the holiday season, or maybe it's just the rare sense of appreciation I felt when I noticed the missing number on the monthly invoice. An epiphany even! This company actually wanted, appreciated, and knew how to retain my business.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 10, 2009

UK Banks Cut Fixed and Variable Savings Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

2009 appears to be ending in a similar fashion to 2008 for savers, with many top deals being withdrawn or having rates reduced.

Since the beginning of November, 62% of product changes to Moneyfacts.co.uk have been product withdrawals. While many of these products have been replaced, in the majority of cases the replacement products are offering lower returns.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Mortgage Lenders Target Short Term Fixed Interest Rate Deals / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Lenders have become accustomed to the post banking crisis world: indeed, the signs from the mortgage market indicate that credit conditions are easing and that lenders are more willing to lend.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tis the Season To Be Thrifty / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeople who value money more than time get involved in Black Friday sales. I don't, because I value time more than money.

If you are after a specific high-ticket item, such as a new computer, shop on-line. Avoid stores.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beware of Credit and Debit Card Foreign Usage Charges this Winter / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs winter draws nearer, many people will be considering booking a holiday to sunnier climates.

While using your credit or debit card may be the easiest way to pay for things while your away, costs can soon mount up.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Cash ISA Tax Free Savings Account Update November 2009 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSavers with cash ISA accounts need to ensure that they check the interest rates being paid on a regular basis, especially for those accounts that have matured as the banks and building societies are notorious for cutting rates on existing accounts and dumping matured accounts into pittance paying cash ISA accounts, paying as little as 0.1%. i.e. 1/30th the rate of a top current instant access account which on an ISA account balance of £3,600 means the difference between receiving £3.60 or £108 in interest per annum.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Credit Card Fiasco, Who is the Blame? / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI was recently talking to my mother, and she started talking about the evil credit card companies, and how they were out to get us all — right now — by jacking up our rates unfairly in a bid to record massive profits before new consumer-oriented legislation begins going into effect.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Central Investment Problem of Our Time / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChris Weber writes: A question I received recently goes to the heart of what a lot of people – especially older people – are going through:

My wife and I are in our mid 70s. We have about 60% of our funds in gold, silver bullion, some gold and silver stocks, and the balance in cash. We need current cash income from US$ with safe dividends – am I dreaming? Can you help?

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Bailed Out Banks Continue to Cut Saving Account Interest Rates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Despite no change in bank base rate since the beginning of March, 10.1% of variable rate savings accounts have reduced.

By contrast, only 3.5% of accounts have seen rates increase as providers increasingly look to attract savers deposits

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Credit Card Companies Forced to Reform Bad Practice / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Michelle Slade, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk comments: “For far too long the card companies have been able to get away with practices that are not in the best interests of the consumer.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, October 26, 2009

Banks Screaming to be Regulated as Credit Card Panic Beckons / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEmails are pouring in over Citigroup's "Hail Mary Pass": How To Know Citigroup Is In Serious Trouble.

Here is one from "HG" who writes

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, October 22, 2009

HBOS Halifax Taking Extra From Customers With Fee Structure Changes / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Halifax, one of Britains biggest tax payer bailed out banks that was forced to merge with Lloyds TSB to avoid bankruptcy has been busy sending customers correspondence warning of proposed changes in the way it charges fees effective from 6th December 2009.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Building Societies Hold on to Savings Interest Rates Consistency Crown / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOctober 2009’s Moneyfacts Consistency Survey has once again seen building societies dominating the results. Today, building societies offer customers 77% of the most consistent savings accounts in the marketplace.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Barriers on the Road to Wealth Building / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHave you ever been driving on the road when traffic suddenly comes to a halt? You sit there wondering what the heck is going on up ahead for ten or fifteen minutes. Then, suddenly, things start moving again and you realize that the hold-up was caused by merging traffic and a couple of yahoos who decided to wait until the last possible second to move over into the proper lane.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Cash ISA Savings Accounts in Time for Over 50's Increased Allowance / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

Four providers have launched brand new Cash ISAs for over 50s just in time for today’s ISA allowance increase.

Chelsea BS, Nationwide BS, SAGA and West Bromwich BS have all introduced new accounts with effect from 6 October.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Dormant Credit Cards Warning, Immediate Action Required as Good Customers to be Penalised / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Nadeem_Walayat

UK Credit card providers are implementing a whole host of charges and fees to penalise their 'good' customers for the losses suffered on their 'bad' customers that has resulted in bad debt writedown losses of £3.2 billion for the past 12 months.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FSA to Get Tough Against Bankster Payment Protection Insurance PPI Scam / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has finally decided to get tough with the bankster's for scamming customers by means of Payment Protection Insurance charges that many customers are forced to take on when borrowing despite the fact that exclusion clauses in the agreement usually mean that the premiums paid were worthless when it comes to attempting to make claims, that and they way the products were mis-sold by adding the charges as though they were a requirement rather than an option thus confusing customers into literally paying double the interest rate on the loans if the PPI was included in the AER interest rate figures stated.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, September 28, 2009

How to Retire With No Savings / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: "Do you have any savings?" I asked my friend Tony this week.

"Not really, no," he answered.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Breakup the Insolvent Giant Banks Using 100 Year Old Anti-Trust Laws / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have previously pointed out that we can (and should) break up the giant, insolvent banks under a number of different laws.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pension Funds Association Introduces Quality Mark, Stick With Cash ISA's / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn an attempt to enliven battered and bruised employee / investor interest in pension products after many have seen their pension pots dessimated by both the stocks bear market and companies going bust. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has introduced a new Quality Mark to highlight the supposedly better constructed and presumably 'safer' pension products offered by employers on behalf of its 1200 UK fund providers.

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