Ffrees family card scheme aims to help parents with university expenses

Savings card can be used online and in store with more than 250 retailers earning up to 20% of the value back from a purchase Parents can save money towards their children’s university costs and other expenses while shopping through a new scheme. The Ffrees family card, allows shoppers to buy goods and services from […]
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Letters: When power and money corrupts

The growth in profitability of banks and the strengthening of their balance sheets over the last couple of years has little to do with the very well-rewarded efforts of the chief executives. It’s been much more to do with that old fellow in the Bank of England, who kept the bank rate very low. This has enabled the bank to […]
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NatWest problem ‘could be good news for competitors’

10% rise in the number of people searching for current accounts indicates customers are considering their banking options NatWest and RBS customers are already believed to be looking for alternative current account providers following the RBS Group’s computer systems failure, which has caused huge disruption to normal banking services. Comparison website Moneynet.co.uk has reported a […]
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Switching bank accounts: £100 opening salvo in battle for customers

The current account switching war has resumed, with Halifax offering £100 and M&S and Metro joining the battle The current accounts war has intensified, with Halifax relaunching its £100 switching offer, Marks & Spencer entering the fray, and recent arrival Metro Bank announcing more branches. So if you’re thinking about moving your current account to […]
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How to find the best current account

Some banks will pay you to defect to their current accounts and have dedicated switching teams who promise to do all the legwork If you are unhappy with your bank and thinking about switching your current account to another provider, there are plenty of carrots on offer to tempt you to take the plunge. Some […]
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Mortgage rates edge upwards

Fixed and variable rates have been increased by several lenders, so mortgage-hunters should look to grab a deal Mortgage rates are creeping up, and whether you are sitting on your lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) or a homebuyer looking for a deal, you need to proceed with care. A string of lenders, including Halifax, Bank […]
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UK banks: apps of the week

Banking may not be the most sexy area of the mobile app world, but with most UK high street firms offering at least some kind of on-the-go service, it’s time to take a look at who offers what Recent analysis of 50 worldwide banking apps by MyPrivateBanking found that the features customer most desire include: […]
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Winter comfort for consumers

Small cuts in gas and electricity bills join slight savings rates rises to suggest things might not be quite as bad as we thought Amid all the financial gloom, there are definitely some glimmers of sunshine breaking through the clouds. If you’ve been struggling to pay your gas and electricity bills, prices are on the […]
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