Trendy banks don't do it for me

Friday, 15 February 2008 | Blog | By Rebecca Atkinson

Having just spent most of my lunch break queuing in my local branch of Barclays, I noticed something that my peers probably realised a long time ago. Barclays got hip. Well, as hip as a bank can be which isn’t very.

Are you getting the advice you're paying for?

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 | Blog | By Matt Pitcher

From a simple economic point of view, fees would seem like the better option to commission. This is partly because different companies offer different rates of commission to advisers.

Getting the hardsell on mobile phone insurance

Tuesday, 12 February 2008 | Blog | By Mark Stammers


Another mis-selling scandal in the making

Monday, 11 February 2008 | Blog | By Rachel Lacey

Whenever the phone rings and I get one of those pre-recorded messages I usually hang up straightaway, but over the weekend I received one that was such flagrant evidence of mis-selling I had to listen to it all the way...

The new romantics

Monday, 11 February 2008 | Blog | By Jeff Salway

If the emails we’re sent by personal finance press offices were any guide, the next issue of Moneywise would be wall-to-wall Valentine’s Day.

You're wrong, annuities are good value

Thursday, 07 February 2008 | Blog | By Matt Pitcher

Annuities offer good value to anyone seeking an income from a modest pension fund. This belief has landed me in hot water with people before now.

Transferring money abroad

Friday, 01 February 2008 | Blog | By Richard Beddard

I've just posted a request on the forum (

Beware premium bank accounts

Thursday, 31 January 2008 | Blog | By Richard Beddard

I don't even know what they're called but these are the accounts you pay for and in return receive a package of benefits. I have a smilemore account, which I pay £10 a month for. It's OK in terms of value.

High Interest savings

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 | Blog | By

I've got approx £220K to deposit for a full year. I am looking for the highest rate fixed interest (no acccess to money) i can earn. Even considering overseas accounts. Any suggestions ?

Legal Sexism

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 | Blog | By Matt Pitcher

Despite the big headlines about record settlements in such cases as McCartney/Mills, many women are getting a raw deal from divorce....