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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...

How to track down money in lost accounts

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | TV /Video

10 things you need to know about Isas

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | Article

Here’s everything you need to know about Individual Savings Accounts (Isas), and why they can be the best home for your savings.

How to give to charity without it costing you a penny

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

Disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti or the tsunami that hit South East Asia in 2004 highlight aid organisations' ever-increasing need for donations.
But it seems shrinking...