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Britons are sitting on too much debt without a financial safety net

As household borrowing climbs ever higher, most have no protection against an unexpected death or illness in the family. Specialist types of cover such as life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover can help clear your debts if a key family member is unable to work and your income dries up as a result, […]


REVEALED: How YOU could get bumper returns of 6.5 per cent with new ISA

Peer-to-peer lender Zopa is set to launch an ‘innovative finance’ ISA from June 15, which for the first time allows investors to shelter returns in the sector from the taxman. As with other ISAs, people can hold up to £20,000 in the account or mix and match to split the sum between the innovative version […]


Winter Fuel Allowance: Tory means-testing to give 'trivial' savings, blasts IFS

Pensioners above an arbitrary income threshold are set to lose up to £300 given to help pay energy bills through the Winter Fuel Allowance, but the move would not generate significant boost for the state, said the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in a scathing assessment of the party’s manifesto. At the moment the Winter […]


Debit cards set to overtake cash as most frequently used payment method in UK

Rapid growth in the use of contactless cards means that, by the end of next year, cash will no longer be king as the payment method turned to most often, forecasts by Payments UK show. In May 2016, the payments body had predicted the tipping point in the nation’s payment habits would happen in 2021 […]


Mortgage loan: Lending to wannabe buyers falls as number of homes for sale dips

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said an estimated £18.4 billion-worth of home loans were handed out in April – down by 11 per cent compared with March when loans totalling £20.7 billion were advanced. April’s figure was still 4 per cent higher compared with a year ago, when lending totalled £17.7 billion. The National […]


TUC warns household debt will rise to £15,000 by 2020

The TUC said wages have not recovered from the financial crisis, pushing the economy into the “danger zone”. Unsecured household debt will reach a record high of £13,900 per household this year and will exceed £15,000 by 2020, according to research by the union organisation. The rise reflects the UK’s ongoing living standards crisis, with […]


Nation of savers: Brits have £1.5 billion in piggy banks or coin jars

Six in 10 people think piggy banks are a great way to save, compared to 55 per cent who make regular savings into a bank or building society account. The survey found that significantly more people drop money into a piggy bank or coin jar than make regular savings into a bank or building society […]


Cybercrime protection: How to make yourself secure online

Following the ransomware attack, one in three admit they don’t know how to keep themselves secure from hackers, according to credit reporting service Noddle.  Many prioritise speed over security by disabling their settings to download an app, using insecure public wi-fi and skipping time-consuming software updates.  Noodle’s fraud and ID director John Cannon said the […]


Financially sunk if you sail without proper travel insurance

Only a third of travel policies cover cruise holidays as standard and you could be left shelling out if you fall ill on board.  You will have to pay the ship’s medical officer for any treatment or in a medical emergency fund the cost of being airlifted to a hospital hundreds of miles away.  You […]

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