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Give to charity at the cash machine

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

People could give to charity every time they use their bank cards at cash machines and the shops, under government proposals announced in its recent 'Giving' green paper.

Moneywise's 10 golden rules of saving

Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Article

1. Write a budget

Your saving strategy for 2011: families

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | Article

Read our 2011 saving strategy for young professionals here

Four steps to the perfect ISA

Monday, 17 January 2011 | Article

1. The basics

Everyone over the age of 16 has an annual cash ISA allowance of £5,100, and when you turn 18 you'll be awarded a further £5,100 stocks and shares ISA allowance.

The truth about the financial services industry

Friday, 10 December 2010 | Article

Don't believe the hype. For most people, the Disney brand represents a cosy, nostalgic place – a kaleidoscope of childhood memories and mellow moments.

Why is Santander's service so poor?

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 | Article

For the past few months, I've been up to my ankles in complaints - not of my own making, I hasten to add.

Are my savings protected?

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 | Article

Q: Can you please clarify whether Lloyds TSB, Halifax and Bank of Scotland come under one umbrella regarding compensation if anything should go wrong in the future?

The great overdraft con

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 | Article

Banks are charging extortionate levels of fees and interest on nearly £10 billion worth of overdrafts in a bid to claw back lost profits.

Act now to get 5% on your savings

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 | Article

Skipton Building Society is to withdraw its market-leading regular savings account, which pays 5% irrespective of whether you already have another account with the society.

The death of the cheque

Thursday, 03 March 2011 | Article

In just eight years' time, a 300-year-old slice of British heritage, still widely used today, is set for the chopping block – the cheque.