Saving & banking

Is your money really safe?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

The collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers showed that an alarming number of structured products were making promises which were literally too good to be true.

Get the most from your packaged account

Monday, 28 June 2010 | Article

The number of paid-for accounts, or 'packaged accounts', has risen by 94% in four years, says research specialist Defaqto. There are now 64 packaged products compared with 61 standard accounts on the market.

How to switch current account

Monday, 07 March 2011 | News

People are more likely to switch the football team they support than switch their current account, according to new research from the Co-operative Bank.

Banks vs. building societies

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

If banks are the corporate beasts of the financial world, then building societies are often seen as their cuddly counterparts, acting in the interests of customers rather than greedy shareholders.

Which financial providers offer the best service?

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 | News

Choosing financial services providers isn’t just about getting the cheapest deal or the best interest rate.

Are building societies in danger of crumbling?

Friday, 16 April 2010 | Article

Are building societies becoming an endangered species? That may seem a strange question given that, in comparison to most of our high street banks, they are in pretty good shape.
Just one...

Five reasons to start a 
regular ISA savings plan

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

1.The discipline of monthly saving
Many ISA providers – both cash and equity-based – offer a regular savings option as an alternative to one-off payments into...

Grab a last-minute ISA

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Whether it's booking a holiday, buying your Christmas presents or revising for an exam, if you like to do everything last minute, chances are you'll still have some of this tax year's individual...

How to spice up your ISA

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Individual savings accounts don't exactly have a reputation for being thrilling; they don't carry the excitement of spreadbetting or taking a punt on a contract for difference.
But lurking...

A risk-free way to grow your nest egg

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Cash individual saving accounts are the simplest form of ISA, operating in exactly the same way as a savings account, but with the added bonus of paying you interest tax-free.
This means...