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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.
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.
29 Mar 2017
Let’s talk about death. That’s always hard.
It’s the kind of thing we don’t like to think about. It’s also the kind of thing we can’t help thinking about, especially when we have a family to consider. So why, when the roofs over our children’s heads are at stake, do so many primary earners in families not have life insurance policies?
25 Jan 2017
Who are you calling old?
Apparently, 50 is the ‘new’ 40 just as 40 was the ‘new’ 30. So says a generation which seems now to be routinely becoming parents into their 40s, 50 and even, in the case last week of art gallery impresario Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, at the age of 64.
26 Jun 2015
Can I get a mortgage in retirement
My late grandmother Jane was a fearsome old bird.
08 Jun 2015
One good reason to borrow when I’m old.
These days we live in a world of acronyms, of OMGs (Oh My God), SMSs (Short Message Service) and HKW’s (all right I made that last one up – Heaven Knows What).
14 Apr 2015
Why building societies should run the transport infrastructure.
Financial services is all about trust in the end
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