Personal Finance News

Real Estate Rules: Open House Dos and Don'ts for Buyers

19 May 2014, 6:11PM
Attending some open house viewings is a great way of getting a feel for the ideal type of property that you would like to buy   [More]

How Often do You Break the UK Speed Limit?

11 March 2014, 12:21PM
Even though you might get caught, fined or have to attend a speed awareness course or even get banned from driving, it seems the majority of drivers still break the UK speed limit. Do you?  [More]

How Quickly Can You Choose Your New Home?

17 January 2014, 2:31PM
It might be one of the most important and expensive decisions to make but for many it seems choosing a new home requires less time than it takes to watch an episode of EastEnders or Coronation Street.  [More]

Are You Wasting Money on Subscription TV?

13 January 2014, 10:32PM
The average monthly subscription for pay to watch TV is over £40 and yet over half of those who pay, watch their subscription-only channels less than once a month. Surely this is a waste of money, isn't it? Are there better ways to spend your money?  [More]

Make your Ski Safety a Top Priority

11 December 2013, 5:38PM
There is already plenty of snow in many ski resorts and with the main ski season almost upon, do remember safety on the slopes is a top priority.  [More]

Is Your House Ready for Winter?

10 December 2013, 5:37PM
All thoughts may currently be on preparing for Christmas, but have you prepared your house for winter? It really is important to 'winter-proof' your home to help avoid the cost and inconvenience of making a claim on your home insurance should the worst happen.  [More]

It's Not Just Santa Who Has Expensive Presents this Christmas

9 December 2013, 3:38PM
The cost of insuring Santa's sack of presents this Christmas Eve is staggering when you consider the cost of the toys and gadgets children have on their Christmas lists.  [More]

Black Friday Comes to ASDA and Other UK Retailers

28 November 2013, 3:30PM
Black Friday is tomorrow, Friday 29 November, the busiest day of the year for shopping in America and now Asda will mirror the Walmart flash sale extravaganza with the most dramatic shopping event to hit British stores. Other key UK retailers, including John Lewis are also getting involved.  [More]

Have You Got Your Skis and Snowboards Covered?

15 November 2013, 10:51AM
As the ski season looms, many are booking their ski holidays. Whilst though many skiers and snowboarders are deciding to travel with their own skis and snowboards, some aren't taking the time to insure it. Is this a short term gain that could turn bad?  [More]

Don't Let Opportunistic Thieves into Your Home

14 October 2013, 2:25PM
As we start to experience the darker mornings and the first taste of more wintery weather, you might not reminding that the clocks go back on Sunday October 27th, however, you may want to remind yourself that these dark nights can be all too tempting for opportunistic thieves.  [More]

Will the Pound Continue to Weaken against the US Dollar?

9 October 2013, 10:31AM
The Pound weakened against the US Dollar and was little changed against the Euro.  [More]

How Much Does Your Holiday Travel Money Cost You?

3 October 2013, 12:13PM
Maybe you're one of nearly 60% of holidaying Brits who don't understand travel money exchange rates and this summer lost out on their holiday money as a result?  [More]

Pound Strengthens as Need for Further Stimulus Fades

27 September 2013, 1:13PM
The Pound rose close to its highest level against the US Dollar in eight months as the need for further stimulus measures appears to have faded.  [More]

Is the Pound Set to Make Gains Against the US Dollar?

26 September 2013, 10:07AM
The Pound is alreading trading to an 8 month high against the US Dollar and the signs are is could soon be making further gains.  [More]

Is There a Link Between Your Star Sign and Your Travel Insurance Claims?

18 September 2013, 1:24PM
We all know that each of the zodiac signs have certain traits and quirks associated with them but did you know that there's now an identified strong correlation between your star sign and almost all areas of travel insurance claims?  [More]

Will Inflation Data Hit Foreign Exchange Rates?

17 September 2013, 8:43PM
Before it was announced that inflation slowed in August, the Pound was little changed against the Euro but did touch an eight-month high against the US Dollar. Will the release though of influential data for both the US and the Eurozone today change this?  [More]

Have You Set Your Christmas Spending Budget?

17 September 2013, 9:46AM
Can you believe there are less than 100 days until Christmas? Staggering it may seem and as a family you may be starting to think about your Christmas spending budget. Now is the time to think about how to fund your spending.  [More]

Make Cash From Unwanted Goods

16 August 2013, 1:24PM
As rising fuel prices and a difficult economy continue to present consumers with financial headaches, many are turning to their unwanted goods to make some much needed cash.  [More]

Plan Your Driving Abroad

12 July 2013, 10:25AM
With more Brits planning to take their car abroad the worry is many could inadvertently break the law if they don't know the rules of the road in the country they are visiting.  [More]

Is Your Driving Licence Up to Date?

11 June 2013, 2:17PM
´╗┐Did you know that you are risking a large fine if you don't keep your driving licence up to date?  [More]

Do You Run an Online Business from Home?

16 April 2013, 5:34PM
Buying and selling goods to resell may be an attractive business. However, with stock being kept at home there's the risk of burglary that may not be covered by standard home insurance.  [More]

Savings Account or Coin Jar?

9 April 2013, 9:48AM
The traditional use of a savings account to save money is no longer in favour with many as they swap to DIY savings and use a coin jar for their cash. Do you?  [More]

Easter at Home or Holiday in the Sun?

27 March 2013, 10:37AM
With Easter early this year, many families have been forced to cut back on expensive holidays. Some 80% of Easter holidaymakers heading for a sunshine break will be individual travellers.  [More]

Have You Been Convicted of Speeding?

19 March 2013, 2:32PM
Almost two thirds of motorists knowingly break the speed limit while driving. Have you been convicted of speeding? Do you think speed prevention measures need to be improved?  [More]

Do You Have Smartphone Problems?

11 March 2013, 7:20PM
Many users have had smartphone problems which drive them crazy. Are you troubled with short battery life, frozen screen or software faults?  [More]

Household Items You Can Recycle for Cash

4 March 2013, 1:02PM
Clear out your belongings and recycle unwanted goods to raise extra cash for you and your family.  [More]

Are you Saving Money?

4 March 2013, 10:26AM
With interest rates remaining low, if you're looking to save money through savings accounts, you really do need to ensure you maximise your returns. Use your tax-free savings allowances effectively.  [More]

Would you Buy a Chocolate Fountain?

25 February 2013, 2:23PM
Even though many are struggling and perhaps should be finding ways to save money, a high percentage of people still buy goods they never or rarely use. Why?  [More]

Will You be Going on Holiday in 2013?

11 February 2013, 2:40PM
Nearly 30 million Britons will be going on holiday in 2013. With many trying to save money they will be booking their holiday independently. If you are one of these, do you have the best travel insurance to meet your needs?  [More]

Go on Holiday or Socialise, What Would You Choose?

5 February 2013, 2:41PM
It's February and the weather dreary but with many an empty bank account can you afford to book a holiday? Question is, would you give up spending money on social occasions or buying clothes just so that you can go on holiday?  [More]

How Can Parents Manage the Increasing Cost of Raising Children?

24 January 2013, 10:03AM
Having children might be a wonderful experience but it is expensive. Even though parents want the best for their children, as many struggle with their finances and try to save money, they are having to look at ways to cut back. How can this be done though?  [More]

How Can You Save Money on Essential Household Bills?

21 January 2013, 6:52PM
As research from the Santander 123 Current Account reveals that Britons spend almost a quarter of their disposable income on essential household bills such as utilities, council tax, food and fuel, the question is how can you save money to help your finances stay out of the red?  [More]

UK Trade Deficit Narrowed but Not Enough to Boost Pound Against the Euro

10 January 2013, 12:17PM
The UK Trade Deficit narrowed slightly in November to -£9.16 billion, from -£9.48 billion in October. As the foreign exchange markets had anticipated a larger improvement this did little to help the Pound against the Euro or elsewhere.  [More]

Is it Time to Switch Energy Supplier?

8 January 2013, 10:24AM
As consumers look to save money, is now the right time to switch energy supplier? And do the smaller energy suppliers, rather than the 'Big six', offer the best deal?  [More]

Money Worries for Many in 2013

3 January 2013, 10:47AM
As we move into the new year many people are facing financial worries with over 40% concerned about increases in the cost of living and rising bills.  [More]

Christmas Present Wish Lists Add Up

11 December 2012, 2:55PM
Children today are compiling ever more lengthy and indeed expensive Father Christmas present lists. There's not much change out of £500 now with the average child's wish list.  [More]

Protect Yourself from Cheque Fraud

3 December 2012, 9:12AM
Even though the number of cheques written in the UK is decreasing, cheque fraud is on the increase. Do you know how to avoid common pitfalls and safeguard yourself from such fraud?  [More]

Do You Have a Will?

20 November 2012, 3:33PM
The majority of us do not have a will, a staggering statistic. Perhaps even more alarmingly nearly 80% of parents of children under 5 don't have a will. Do you? If you don't, it really is time to consider getting one prepared and it's easier than you might think.  [More]

Are you Wasting Fuel and Money Defrosting your Car?

13 November 2012, 11:34AM
With fuel costs rising and most people desperately trying to save money, why is it this winter alone UK motorists will waste nearly £50 million of fuel leaving their cars to idle with the engine running in order to defrost them?  [More]

Mobile Phone Theft on the Increase

8 November 2012, 12:48PM
So many of us have a mobile or smartphone or other technology gadgets and carry them around, perhaps it's not a surprise to learn that mobile phone theft has increase by a quarter over the last three years.  [More]