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Join the current account switch revolution

According to the latest figures from the Payments Council, 609,300 people switched their current account in the six months to 31 March using its Current Account Switch Service which launched on September 16. That's 14% up on the number of people (532,500) who switched current accounts during the same period last year before the service had been implemented. Read More

Mark Hooson, 11 April 2014

 
 

Credit cards news

  • Your best credit card

    Around 30million people in the UK - that's almost half the population - hold at least one credit card, according to financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 10 April 2014

  • Dos and don'ts of 0% credit cards

    If you've taken a 0% credit card recently - or are planning to any time soon - doing your homework could make the difference between being debt-free and organised or in m... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 04 April 2014

  • UK debt mountain only set to rise

    Nine million Brits are living in fear of escalating debt as they're forced to rely on credit for everyday expenses like energy and transport, according our research at Mo... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 04 April 2014

  • Focus On: Santander adds leading 0% purchases to its 123 card

    Santander is shaking up the credit card market by adding 0% interest on purchases for 18 months to its popular 123 card. ... Read more

    Naomi Caine - Financial journalist

    Updated: 03 April 2014

  • Top places to switch credit card debt

    These days you don't have to fork out a fortune to switch a balance from one credit card provider to another - but it often comes down to a straight choice between a low ... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 27 March 2014

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Loans news

  • UK debt mountain only set to rise

    Nine million Brits are living in fear of escalating debt as they're forced to rely on credit for everyday expenses like energy and transport, according our research at Mo... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 04 April 2014

  • Regulation day arrives for payday lenders

    From today (April 1), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will regulate the payday loan industry, and shut down rogue payday loan firms which don't comply with its new,... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 01 April 2014

  • 5 ways to pay for home improvement

    The weather has taken a turn for the better and for many homeowners this will trigger the start of home improvement season. Trouble is, home improvements don't come cheap... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 14 March 2014

  • Low interest rates: Winners and losers

    It is now been five years since the Bank of England first cut the Bank of England base rate to a record low of 0.5%, but who's benefited and who's lost out over this peri... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 06 March 2014

  • Best ways to pay for your summer holiday

    Summer holidays abroad can be cripplingly expensive, particularly if you have a family and have to pay the added premium for jetting off during the school holidays. The g... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 28 February 2014

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Current accounts news

  • Join the current account switch revolution

    According to the latest figures from the Payments Council, 609,300 people switched their current account in the six months to 31 March using its Current Account Switch Se... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 11 April 2014

  • 5 sensible plans for your savings

    Having plenty of cash stashed in a standard savings account might be a comfort psychologically - but with interest rates still so low, it doesn't always make the best sen... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

  • What's new in mobile banking?

    We make more than 5.7million banking transactions using smartphones and other mobile devices every day in Britain.  ... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 03 April 2014

  • Best ever current accounts

    Interest rates on savings accounts might not be anything to write home about. But the rates on current accounts most certainly are!... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 31 March 2014

  • Focus On: New! Earn 5.00% on your current account

    Want to earn a whopping 5.00% on your in-credit current account balance? Switch to TSB Bank's new Plus account - which launches in branches today - and you can. What's mo... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 31 March 2014

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Debt news

  • UK debt mountain only set to rise

    Nine million Brits are living in fear of escalating debt as they're forced to rely on credit for everyday expenses like energy and transport, according our research at Mo... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 04 April 2014

  • Financial worry on the rise

    More than a third of UK adults face daily financial stress and more than half worry about money at least occasionally, according to some research we carried out here at M... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 30 December 2013

  • How to get out of debt

    If you've got a mountain of debt to pay off and you feel things are starting to get out of control, you'll no doubt be feeling scared and alone and wondering how you'll e... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 19 December 2013

  • 5 steps to being debt-free

    The total amount owed by UK households has hit a record high of £1.43 trillion, according to the latest figures from the Bank of England. On average, that means eac... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 19 December 2013

  • 5 cheapest ways to borrow in 2014

    Christmas is the season to spend money, which is why many of us are likely to hit January with a financial hangover. So how do we balance the books in the New Year?... Read more

    Naomi Caine - Financial journalist

    Updated: 13 December 2013

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Prepaid cards news

  • Are prepaid cards best for holiday spends?

    If you're jetting off on holiday in the next few weeks, you might be wondering whether to take a wallet full of cash with you, or put most of your holiday spending on a d... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 03 July 2013

  • Paying by card on holiday? Take the right plastic

    A growing number of British holidaymakers are choosing to pay by plastic when they're abroad, according to new research, primarily because it's convenient.... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 28 June 2013

  • Should you get a prepaid card for your holiday money?

    Managing your holiday money can be a headache. If you carry wads of cash there's always the risk of it being lost or stolen while you're travelling. And even when you rea... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 02 May 2013

  • 5 reasons a prepaid card could suit you

    Credit cards, when used correctly, can be a great financial tool. As well as offering consumer protection on spend between £100 and £60,260 they also allow yo... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 30 April 2013

  • Beware of Apple 'bait apps'

    Apple is to face a lawsuit in the United States from angry parents who have seen their children rack up huge bills by downloading so-called 'bait-apps' from iTunes. And t... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 24 April 2012

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Payday loans news

  • Join the current account switch revolution

    According to the latest figures from the Payments Council, 609,300 people switched their current account in the six months to 31 March using its Current Account Switch Se... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 11 April 2014

  • Your best credit card

    Around 30million people in the UK - that's almost half the population - hold at least one credit card, according to financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 10 April 2014

  • Focus on: Earn 5.65% on your savings and get £50 cashback!

    Headlines like the one at the top of this page may confuse savers who've spent the last few years scrapping to get returns of 2.00% on their cash. But you are not mistake... Read more

    Laura Howard - Content Editor, Money and Lifestyle

    Updated: 10 April 2014

  • 5 sensible plans for your savings

    Having plenty of cash stashed in a standard savings account might be a comfort psychologically - but with interest rates still so low, it doesn't always make the best sen... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

  • Early bird ISAs

    The new tax year has only just begun, but ISA providers are already battling to tempt savers to sign up to their accounts.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

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Shares news

  • How to build the perfect ISA portfolio

    With thousands of different funds to choose from, working out which investments to hold in your stocks and shares ISA can seem impossible.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 06 March 2013

  • Pick your financial dream team

    The 2012 European Championships are upon us and, seeing as you won't be able to escape the football for the next few weeks anyway, we've jumped aboard the bandwagon to gi... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 06 June 2012

  • Q&A: What's happening to stock markets?

    Billions of pounds have been wiped off the values of shares after stock markets suffered their biggest falls since the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in S... Read more

    Clare Francis - Editor-in-chief

    Updated: 22 September 2011

  • How to survive stock market turmoil

    Stock market turmoil has left millions of people with pensions and investments wondering which way to turn.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 10 August 2011

  • What do credit ratings mean?

    Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the US government's rating from AAA to AA+ for the first time in history has sent global stock markets in... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 August 2011

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Savings news

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Mortgages news

  • 5 sensible plans for your savings

    Having plenty of cash stashed in a standard savings account might be a comfort psychologically - but with interest rates still so low, it doesn't always make the best sen... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

  • Post office details Help to Buy mortgages

    The Post Office has announced details of its new Help to Buy mortgages, allowing homebuyers to bag the property they want with just a 5% deposit.... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 08 April 2014

  • 10 things to know before buying a house

    Spring house-buying season is well underway but, especially if you are buying for the first time, there are some pointers and even special offers that it could really hel... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 03 April 2014

  • MoneySuperMarket's 2014 Budget coverage

    The Chancellor, George Osborne, delivers his 2014 Budget speech on Wednesday, March 19 - but how will its contents affect you? Here at our dedicated Budget page, you can ... Read more

    Updated: 19 March 2014

  • 5 ways to pay for home improvement

    The weather has taken a turn for the better and for many homeowners this will trigger the start of home improvement season. Trouble is, home improvements don't come cheap... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 14 March 2014

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ISA news

  • 5 sensible plans for your savings

    Having plenty of cash stashed in a standard savings account might be a comfort psychologically - but with interest rates still so low, it doesn't always make the best sen... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

  • Early bird ISAs

    The new tax year has only just begun, but ISA providers are already battling to tempt savers to sign up to their accounts.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 09 April 2014

  • Happy new tax year!

    Many of the Budget changes announced by George Osborne in his speech last month do not come in until 2015. However, lots of the measures announced in previous years kicke... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 03 April 2014

  • New ISA rules explained

    The Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to tax-free individual savings accounts (ISAs) in the Budget, which will take effect on July 1, 2014.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 26 March 2014

  • Make your ISA work for you!

    Savers have had to work harder than ever to seek out decent cash ISA returns this year, but it's worth remembering that rate shouldn't be the only consideration when choo... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 21 March 2014

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Travel money news

  • 5 ways to make your holiday currency go further

    This year's Easter sunshine breaks are now cheaper than they were 12 months ago - especially if you stay within Europe.... Read more

    Jessica Bown - Financial journalist

    Updated: 03 April 2014

  • Paying by card on holiday? Take the right plastic

    A growing number of British holidaymakers are choosing to pay by plastic when they're abroad, according to new research, primarily because it's convenient.... Read more

    Les Roberts - Senior writer

    Updated: 28 June 2013

  • Top 10 traps that will blow your holiday budget

    Holiday season is well underway, but if you still haven't booked your getaway you may be on the lookout for a last-minute bargain. ... Read more

    Clare Walsh - Writer

    Updated: 07 June 2013

  • Act now to beat the falling pound

    Sterling is starting to shed its value following the loss of the UK's 'AAA' credit rating, which means now could be the time to buy your holiday currency if you want to g... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 25 February 2013

  • Make the most of your travel money

    Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers will head off overseas in the next few weeks, but a bit of forward planning can ensure you have much more spending money to enjoy.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 27 July 2012

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Student finance news

  • How to fund your life at university

    There's no escaping the fact that university is expensive but, if you know where to look, there are lots of sources of funding available to help you make ends meet.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 14 August 2013

  • Student loans: How do they work?

    OK, you've got the grades to get to into university - brilliant. Now you just need to work out how to cover your costs while you're there.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 14 August 2013

  • Student accounts for 2013

    So you've got the A-level results you wanted and you're off to university. The next decision you'll need to make is which student account to go for.... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 13 August 2013

  • Insurance for students

    If you're a student about to head off to university, you could well be about to live away from the family home for the first time. That's a big and exciting step, and the... Read more

    Laura Howard - Content Editor, Money and Lifestyle

    Updated: 08 August 2013

  • Students! Watch out for these insurance pitfalls and loopholes

    I never bought any insurance in my university days, meaning I would have been in trouble had my things been damaged or stolen.... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 21 August 2012

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Pensions news

  • Pension changes explained

    The Chancellor announced the biggest overhaul of the pensions system for almost a century in this year's Budget, giving those approaching retirement much greater choice a... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 20 March 2014

  • Back to basics: Everything you need to know about pensions

    Many of us find it hard enough just to make ends meet every month, so pensions are often pushed to the bottom of the pile when it comes to our financial priorities.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 31 January 2014

  • What does the Autumn Statement mean for you?

    The Chancellor's Autumn Statement was chock-full of cheery statistics about the performance of the economy - but hard-pressed consumers across the land will be trying to ... Read more

    Kevin Pratt - Content Editor, Insure and Home Services

    Updated: 05 December 2013

  • Essential advice for your retirement plans

    If you dream of hanging up your work boots and spending your retirement years travelling around the world or even just pottering about the garden, you need to start think... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 17 October 2013

  • Will you ever be able to retire?

    If it feels like your retirement is getting further away as you get older - rather than closer - you certainly won't be alone.... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 18 September 2013

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Business finance news

  • 2014: Time to set up your own business?

    Small businesses have had a rough ride in recent years, often refused loans by banks and building societies reluctant to lend during recent difficult economic times.... Read more

    Melanie Wright - Financial journalist

    Updated: 15 January 2014

  • Best for Business: Top deals for borrowers and savers

    Last week, our Best for Business series focused on the best current accounts and credit cards for your business. This week, we're taking a closer look at the best places ... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 13 February 2013

  • Best for Business: Bag a better bank account and credit card

    Our Best for Business series has, until now, focused solely on the types of insurance you need, whether you run a small 'white collar' business, work from home, are a tra... Read more

    Rachel Wait - Editor

    Updated: 08 February 2013

  • Focus on: Barclaycard offers 3% cashback for small businesses

    Cashback deals on financial products are in vogue following the huge promotional push behind the Santander 123 current account earlier this year. ... Read more

    Kevin Pratt - Content Editor, Insure and Home Services

    Updated: 04 April 2012

  • Give your business a boost

    One of the more positive announcements in this year's Budget was the launch of a scheme aimed at giving the nation's small businesses a boost by offering them cheaper loa... Read more

    Mark Hooson - Senior Writer

    Updated: 22 March 2012

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