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19 Sep 2017
Why should I be surprised by openness and efficiency from a bank?
It was when I saw the legend John Cleese advertising a PPI claims company that I lost it. I bet I’m not the only one, but for years I have been barraged by text, by email, by advert – you name it – from aggressive companies telling me I can claim back PPI from my bank.
Tags: Finances
21 Aug 2017
The lending industry’s £68bn dirty secret
Once again, the dark spectre of consumer debt threatens to run out of control and help send our economy hurtling towards a crash. Warnings are emerging from no less a body than the Bank of England, whose financial stability director said high street banks and others were entering a ‘spiral of complacency’ about mounting consumer debt levels.
03 Aug 2017
What price a happy family?
In the past it was called the Nuclear Family. No-one is ever quite sure why it was so called but the traditional model of a ‘two parent, two child’ unit has always been deemed to be the ‘average’ family.
21 Jul 2017
One important thing to do with your kids this Summer holiday
“I’m bored!” Ever heard that one before?
27 Jun 2017
Is virtual reality the future of financial services?
If you’re pretty clued up on tech news, you’ll be familiar with the terms virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). If not, don’t fret.
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16 Jun 2017
What exactly are you, Dad?
I was given three pieces of advice by a wise old friend of mine – a veteran at fatherhood – when I discovered I was to become a father. It’s terrifying.
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14 Jun 2017
Give your savings a Brexit bonus?
If you ever wanted a chance to turn your dinner table conversation into cash… read on.
12 Jun 2017
We’re all getting older
No, I mean we as a population are aging.
06 Jun 2017
Stamp out Stamp Duty unfairness!
Right now there is a unique chance to get a great unfairness exposed on the national political agenda.
Tags: Mortgage
01 Jun 2017
Don’t let debt get you down
According to recent publications from the Bank of England over the past year or so, outstanding consumer credit is reaching highs that bring to mind spending levels with borrowed money last seen prior to the 2008 recession. Driven in part by the rising popularity of car finance schemes, it’s also come with a spike in declared insolvencies, in particular, Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs). They may seem like a not too unattractive way to clear the majority of your debt without declaring actual bankruptcy, but can actually cause more difficulties in the long run.
Tags: Mortgage
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