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The packaged account swindle

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 | Blog | By Rebecca Rutt

I've been a Barclays customer for about as long as I can remember. I was lured in at school by the blue puffin money boxes and am still with the bank now.

2011 ISA deadline dates

Friday, 01 April 2011 | Article

Rebecca O'Keeffe, head of investment at Interactive Investor, said: "The ongoing turmoil in Japan and the Middle East has meant some people will have left investing in an ISA until the last minute.

Junior ISA limit expected to be £3000

Thursday, 31 March 2011 | News

Details of the Junior ISA are set to be laid out today with the annual limit expected to be £3,000.

15 last-minute ISA tips

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 | Article

If you are still unsure how to invest this year's individual savings account allowance or which type of ISA to take out, it's time to make your mind up.

BM Savings launches 5% ISA

Thursday, 31 March 2011 | News

BM Savings has launched a market-leading fixed-rate cash ISA for the new tax year.

Investing for income with ISAs

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | TV /Video

Two out of three stay with paltry paying ISAs

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | News

Two-thirds of cash ISA savers are missing out on higher interest rates by failing to change their accounts after the initial bonus periods expire.

Budget 2011: NS&I inflation-linked savings certificates to be reintroduced

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

Announced alongside the Budget, the index-linked certificates will pay 1% over the retail prices index (RPI).

Cash ISAs versus stocks and shares ISAs

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | TV /Video

Inflation jumps again to 4.4%

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 | News

Consumer prices index (CPI) inflation rose to 4.4% in February, up from 4% in January - the highest level for more than two years.