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Jane Austen £10 note launches: Could your tenner be worth thousands?

Friday, 15 September 2017 | News

The new £10 banknote featuring author Jane Austen is available from today, but find a note with a low serial number and you could sell it for thousands.

Half of Moneywise users turn from cash to investing in bid for higher returns

Thursday, 14 September 2017 | News

Half (50%) of Moneywise users have turned away from cash and taken to investing instead, the results of our latest poll reveal.

Kid’s savings special: Start to build your child’s nest egg

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | Article

As your kids get older, look out for top current and savings accounts to help their cash grow.

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?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 | Blog | By Helen Knapman

Millennials are heading up the charge to go digital, according to new research, which may come as no surprise.

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.

10 years of contactless: Payments more than double in a year

Monday, 04 September 2017 | News

Shoppers have adopted contactless technology en masse in the 10 years since it first launched, according to new figures.