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Analysis Topic: Consumer Watch

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, November 12, 2010

British Gas (Centrica) Making Monopoly Rip off Profits with New Energy Price Hikes / ConsumerWatch / Household Bills

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBritish Gas (owned by Centrica) paid propagandists have been busy making appearances on the mainstream broadcast media with misinformation to try and persuade its 9 million retail gas and electricity customers that the announced price hike of 7% from 10th December is justified, when the facts are that British Gas is ripping off its customers by making near monopoly profits as evidenced by a 98% rise in gas profits for the first half of 2010 to £585 million.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Notebooks overtake Desktops / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: Pravda

There is a new trend in computer Sales. Whereas in 2004, Sales of notebooks (laptops) represented around ten per cent of the sales of desktops, in 2011, they are expected to sell ten times more. The reason? Consumer trends and changes in behaviour, alongside more attractive prices.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

OFT Warns 92% of Debt Management Firms Breaking Credit Law / ConsumerWatch / Debt & Loans

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe OFT has told 129 debt management firms that they face losing their consumer credit licences unless immediate action is taken to comply with its Debt Management Guidance.

The firms are required to provide independently audited evidence within three months that action has been taken to address identified concerns. If evidence is not provided, the OFT will instigate licensing action.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Secure Websites Are All a Lie / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: Shelby_H_Moore

There is no such thing as a secure website, and everything you've been led to believe about web security is a lie. And your free speech is threatened, amongst other serious ramifications. Read full article... Read full article...

 


ConsumerWatch

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Poll Shows 7 in 10 Demand Lending Interest Rate Cap To Cover All Forms of Credit / ConsumerWatch / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Submissions

A new poll has found overwhelming public support for stricter limits on the cost of consumer credit.

The poll, commissioned by Compass and Trident Reach from YouGov, found that 68% of respondents thought the government should introduce a lending rate cap to cover all forms of consumer credit, including unsecured credit.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pay Day Loan Shark Outfits Hook £1.2 Billion to the Financially Illiterate / ConsumerWatch / Debt & Loans

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Consumer Focus reports that over a million UK borrowers have been forced to take out more than £1.2 billion from Pay Day loan outfits as high street banks refuse to lend, up more than 40% on the preceding year. Pay Day loans typically charge customers APR's of over 2,000% and are targeting those desperate for short-term credit which usually means the financially illiterate.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Greater Transparency and Control of Credit and Store Cards Needed / ConsumerWatch / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts.co.uk has delivered its response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ consultation paper on ‘A better deal for consumers’ on credit and store cards.

Samantha Owens, Principal Consultant – Banking and Economic Insight at Moneyfacts.co.uk, commented: “Credit cards form an integral part of the financial services industry and allow customers to transact with convenience, reassurance of safety and added consumer protection.

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Go Go Hamster Buying Spree and Christmas Shopping Scams 2009, Emails Alert / ConsumerWatch / Scams

By: Nadeem_Walayat

With Christmas 15 days away shoppers need to be on guard against scammers taking advantage of the rush to buy, especially during the final week in the run up to Christmas.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Supreme Court Sides with Banksters on Overdraft Bank Charges / ConsumerWatch / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Michelle Slade, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk comments: “The shock decision by the Supreme Court is going to leave some consumers even more disillusioned with banks.  

“Consumers have seen billions of pounds pumped into a number of banks, but many feel they have seen little benefit.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, September 18, 2009

Should Energy Companies Ripping off Customers be Nationalised? / ConsumerWatch / Household Bills

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Ofgem, Britains' toothless energy regulator announced today what customers already knew that Britians' six main energy suppliers (British Gas, E.ON, Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Energy, EDF Energy) are ripping off their customers to the tune of more than £170 each per annum. In the face of a 75% fall in the whole gas price energy suppliers have raised prices by 20% on a year earlier, this is AFTER a 35% price hike during mid 2008. The industry representatives have publically replied that they may even raise energy prices further despite the fact that average wholesale prices for power has halved over the past 12 months which is reflected in projected profits for the sector of £4 billion over the next 12 months.

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, September 07, 2009

Sky Saves the Planet by Killing Digiboxes / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Sky in recent months has been automatically putting sky boxes into standby during the night to save the planet by cutting back on electricity usage whilst the viewer is 'asleep'.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Which UK Full HD Digital Camcorder Review / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe must have consumer gadget of 2009 is a Full HD camcorder / digital camera combo which is the target for this review and selection process.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

U.S. Hacker Steals 130m Credit Card Numbers / ConsumerWatch / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Pravda

The man who prosecutors said had masterminded some of the most brazen thefts of credit and debit card numbers in history was charged on Monday with an even larger set of digital break-ins.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Recession Pyramid Schemes Scam Warning / ConsumerWatch / Scams

By: Consumer_Direct

Government advice service Consumer Direct is urging people to avoid falling victim to pyramid schemes which are costing UK consumers an estimated £420 million a year.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Selling Your Car? Cold Calling Buyer Matching Scam Warning / ConsumerWatch / Scams

By: Consumer_Direct

Consumer Direct, the OFT-managed advice service, is warning consumers about vehicle matching scams which cost UK consumers nearly £3 million every year.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Age Discrimination Rife Within Motor and Travel Insurance / ConsumerWatch / Insurance

By: MoneySupermarket

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the Government's Equality Bill published today and 'appropriate age-based treatment' allowed, research from moneysupermarket.com finds Brits will continue to be punished with high travel and motoring premium costs on the grounds of their age.

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Recession Investment, Debt, Housing and Identity SCAMS to Watch Out for / ConsumerWatch / Scams

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry Edelson writes: I'm taking a different path in this issue. I'm going to discuss a few things that hardly anyone is warning you about.

Yet, they're so important, they simply cannot be overlooked. To do so would be foolhardy.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Scams 2008 Shopping and Emails Alert / ConsumerWatch / Scams

By: Shahla_Walayat

The Fake Internet Shopping Website Christmas Scam - With Christmas just 4 days away shoppers need to be on guard against scammers taking advantage of the last minute rush to buy that is well underway.

Every year, there tends to be a must buy gift, usually a toy that is in short supply due to the demand from parents eager to fullfill their children's wishes.

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, April 17, 2008

OFT credit card default charges– Two years on / ConsumerWatch / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

In April 2006 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) declared that default charges on credit cards were too high and suggested capping these at £12. In the months that followed lenders cut these charges to £12 but in an attempt to recoup lost revenue, they hiked rates and charges elsewhere. Two years on, how much have the rates and charges on credit cards increased?

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Consumers Abused by Default Product Purchase Choices / ConsumerWatch / Purchasing

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

At some point the business sector realized the best way to take advantage of consumers was to use default options that make them spend money. A default option works because it creates an automatic decision by the consumer doing nothing. And doing nothing is the path of least resistance for time-poor consumers struggling to balance the many difficult responsibilities associated with work, family, maintaining financial security, and coping with stresses on their health.

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