Helen Nugent

It’s not grim up North: Manchester tops UK cities for house price growth

24 March 2017 12:45

‘Northern Powerhouse fires up house prices in Manchester’ shouts one headline. ‘Manchester is at the centre of Britain’s property boom’…

Best Buys: Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages

24 March 2017 10:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages.

Work till you drop: state pension age could be raised to 70

23 March 2017 11:44

There’s an episode of the TV political drama The West Wing which focuses on the raising of the retirement age.…

Don’t let financial firms take you for a ride: shop around for the best deals

22 March 2017 13:12

Apathy. In a world where there are countless demands on our time, social media never sleeps and 24-hour news bombards…

Cheque please: cheques to be cleared within one working day

22 March 2017 11:58

There are many mysteries in life. Where did we come from? Why do I always forget to take my bag for…

UK inflation jumps to 2.3 per cent raising prospect of interest rate rise

21 March 2017 12:50

The economists were right. For months now, they have been warning that the Brexit vote and the subsequent fall in…

Half the value of your home at risk from average care home stay

20 March 2017 12:34

Milestone birthdays have a tendency to get the mind racing. When I turned 40, I had a bit of a…

Best Buys: Variable Rate Cash ISAs

17 March 2017 12:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Variable Rate Cash ISAs.

House prices now more than seven times income

17 March 2017 12:33

There are many things that beggar belief. The enduring popularity of Mrs Brown’s Boys for one. A continued appetite for…

The retreat on National Insurance will do little to bolster the confidence of the self-employed

16 March 2017 13:24

U-turn, flip-flop, whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Philip Hammond’s policy reversal…

Best Buys: Unsecured Personal Loans

10 March 2017 11:01

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Unsecured Personal Loans.

Homeowners ‘earning’ more from their properties than their jobs

10 March 2017 10:28

It brings a whole new meaning to ‘working from home’. New research has revealed that homeowners in one in three…

Pity the Co-op: bank reports fifth consecutive year of losses

9 March 2017 12:44

If you’re a Manchester resident, you’ll be familiar with the all-singing, all-dancing, brand-spanking-new Co-op headquarters. In much the same way…

New £5 million fund to help mothers returning to work is long overdue

8 March 2017 12:38

There’s a lot happening today. It’s International Women’s Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, and we’re right in the…

Why your next car will cost you more: reforms mean higher costs for motorists

8 March 2017 11:46

The beginning of March marks the start of car buying season with drivers keen to snap up a motor with…


UK house price growth slows to its lowest pace since 2013

7 March 2017 11:34

As a nation, we obsess. We obsess about the weather, taxes, the state of the roads, death and the cost…

Customers will bear the brunt of BT’s Champions League deal

6 March 2017 11:59

As a Newcastle United fan, fretting whether my team will make it to the Champions League isn’t something I am…

Best Buys: One-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

3 March 2017 11:45

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

Stamp duty, home ownership, retirement and pensions

3 March 2017 10:55

It’s the bane of home-buyers’ lives – and now a major building society has said that stamp duty is due…

PPI, incomes, new homes and spending

2 March 2017 11:21

The Financial Conduct Authority has finally announced a deadline for people seeking compensation over mis-sold payment protection insurance. The City regulator…

House prices, BHS, motor insurance and spending

1 March 2017 11:17

House prices moved up a gear in February, according to Nationwide, with property values increasing by 4.5 per cent in…

PPI, pensions, travel insurance and BT

28 February 2017 10:59

The Financial Ombudsman Service has revealed that unresolved grievances about the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) still dominate its workload.…

Best Buys: 0% Introductory Purchase Rate – Credit Cards

24 February 2017 12:16

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are 0% Introductory Purchase Rate Credit Cards. For more information on how these cards…

RBS, John Lewis, housing and motorists

24 February 2017 11:33

Royal Bank of Scotland dominates the business news this morning following its announcement of a £7 billion annual loss. According to…

Lloyds, investment, compensation and housing

22 February 2017 10:12

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside a further £475 million for misconduct costs as the bank’s statutory profits more than…