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Kid’s savings special: Best stocks and shares junior Isas

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | Article

Find out how Jisas work – plus our pick of the main providers.

Starling launches in-app marketplace for financial products: Is this the future of banking?

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | News

Shoppers will be the first to benefit from the launch of Starling Bank’s new in-app marketplace for financial products, with a rewards provider the first to partner with the challenger bank.

Millennials turn to mobiles to access finances, but is going digital the future?

Monday, 11 September 2017 | Blog | By Helen Knapman

Zopa customers battle against loan sale delays

Monday, 11 September 2017 | News

Zopa users are reporting significant delays when trying to sell their loans, with the firm battling against slow speeds on its platform.

Peer-to-peer Isa fails to take off

Friday, 08 September 2017 | News

Peer-to-peer Isas failed to gain much popularity in their first year, with just 2,000 Innovative Finance Isa (IF Isas) accounts opened in the tax year 2016/2017, according to the latest statistics from HMRC.

Savings update: Online providers dominate best buys

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | News

Another new bank appeared last week offering competitive fixed rate bonds.

Wyelands Bank enters savings market: Can its rates be beaten?

Monday, 04 September 2017 | News

Wyelands Bank has become the latest provider to join the savings market, paying up to 2% to savers willing to stash their cash for up to two years.

Investment in Stocks and Shares Isas overtakes Cash Isas

Monday, 04 September 2017 | News

The amount of money invested in Stocks and Shares Isas has overtaken the amount deposited in Cash Isas, according to new data released by HM Revenue & Customs.

Four in 10 self-employed people can’t afford to save each month

Sunday, 03 September 2017 | News

Nearly two million self-employed people are unable to save any money each month, leaving them vulnerable to financial shocks, according to new research by LV=.

Savings update: Accounts launch with top rates for new savers

Thursday, 31 August 2017 | News

Banks and building societies are launching accounts paying top rates for new savers.