Helen Nugent

Best Buys: Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

28 April 2017 10:42

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds.

Scrapping the pension triple lock would be bad news for pensioners – and the Tories

27 April 2017 12:30

The wrangling over key policy areas in the upcoming general election has begun in earnest. If you’re already tired of…

What’s happening in the world of personal finance? Spectator Money takes a closer look

26 April 2017 12:19

On any given day, there’s a slew of personal finance stories. The most eye-catching are the ones that make it…

It’s time qualifications for estate agents became mandatory

25 April 2017 12:16

I’ll never forget the estate agent who tried to flog me my first flat. As I waited on the kerb in…

Hold the front page: energy providers are against plans to cap bills

24 April 2017 13:35

I am inundated with press releases, emails and phone calls from PRs, all wanting to talk about their clients, the…

Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

Best Buys: Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years

21 April 2017 11:18

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years.

The UK housing market is in ‘neutral gear’

20 April 2017 12:42

Mortgage Freedom Day. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Just imagine: no mortgage. I wonder what that…

Easter: how to enjoy the holiday weekend without breaking the bank

13 April 2017 11:58

Are you counting the hours until home time and a glorious four days without work? Join the club. Just think…

EDF hikes energy prices for second time this year

12 April 2017 12:15

I’m really tired of being ripped off. Whether it’s council tax hikes, parking charges or bus tickets (a ten minute…

Social media complainers get results: £65 million paid out in the past year

11 April 2017 11:26

Are you a social media complainer? Do you use the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to vent your spleen…

Drivers face massive fines for parking on the pavement

10 April 2017 15:42

My name is Helen Nugent and I am a pavement parker. This is not a hobby or something I set…

Best Buys: 0 per cent Introductory Purchase Credit Cards

7 April 2017 11:11

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are 0 per cent Introductory Purchase Credit Cards.

Crackdown on rogue landlords comes into force

7 April 2017 10:49

If you’ve ever rented a property, chances are you’ve a horror story or two up your sleeve. I remember the…

High street firms shun government savings programme

6 April 2017 12:07

Poor LISA. She’s all dolled up, ready to make her entrance onto the national stage and nobody wants her. She’s…

Frying high? Younger customers shun the great British chippy

5 April 2017 13:15

Chippy tea. Just writing those words makes me yearn for fish and chips, lathered in vinegar and dosed with salt.…

Crackdown on catch-up energy bills: Ofgem loses its patience with energy providers

4 April 2017 11:51

Like many households, my electricity meter is not in a terribly accessible spot. Reaching said meter requires a short stepladder…

New rules aim to help people with persistent debt

3 April 2017 12:32

There’s no panacea for the nation’s credit card debt – but the Financial Conduct Authority is having a go at…

Bank branch closures make a mockery of customer service

3 April 2017 11:15

When it comes to bank branch closures, there are two schools of thought. One side isn’t bothered, pointing to the ubiquity…

House prices showing lowest pace of growth in two years

31 March 2017 11:58

Another day, another slew of house price data. But with Article 50 now triggered, recent Bank of England data showing…

Best Buys: Long-Term Fixed Rate ISAs

31 March 2017 10:33

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Long-Term Fixed Rate ISAs.

Are we heading for another credit-fuelled debt crisis? New figures show household debt at record high

30 March 2017 12:09

The Bank of England is concerned that banks and building societies may have made it too easy to borrow money…

Over 50s refused finance and insurance because of their age

29 March 2017 12:19

As I edge up my 40s, I’m fast becoming aware that getting older isn’t much fun. Whether it’s squinting at…

Tesco pays the price for its accounting scandal

28 March 2017 11:09

Tesco dominates the financial news this morning after the retail giant reached a settlement agreement for shareholders following an accounting…

In for a penny, in for a pound: new 12-sided coin launches tomorrow

27 March 2017 13:06

Once, after a few too many sherbets, I tipped the pizza delivery man with my supermarket trolley token instead of a…