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Zoinks! When will financial firms stop pillaging our childhood memories?

9 January 2017 13:08

I watched some extraordinary television yesterday. It was the kind of TV that makes your eyes widen and your jaw…

Why I’m swapping my debit card for a credit card in 2017

5 January 2017 12:23

This year, I’m swapping my debit card for a credit card. It’s not because I’m starting 2017 in the red.…

Happy New Year – our rail fares are the highest in Europe

4 January 2017 13:19

Amid the cacophony of moaning and groaning accompanying this week’s nationwide return to work was an eye-catching headline from satirical site…

Buying a second property: what you need to know for 2017

3 January 2017 12:45

If you’re planning on buying a second property this year, then help is at hand thanks to Spectator Money. Stamp…

Why landlords need protection from rogue tenants

30 December 2016 10:00

What happens if you wander into Tesco, help yourself to some food and walk out without paying? I haven’t tried…

Billions are wasted each year on unwanted xmas presents, but you can do something useful with that ugly jumper

29 December 2016 10:00

Unwanted Christmas gifts have always been part and — excuse the pun — parcel of the festive season, whether it’s…

The Bank of England needs to pay more mind to the hard-pressed

28 December 2016 10:00

When the Bank of England is not indulging employees with the kind of taxpayer-funded hospitality that would make a bailed-out…

Rein in excessive executive pay before it’s too late

22 December 2016 12:25

For anyone old enough to remember the 70s, the strikes that have broken out in the past few weeks are…

Why you’re not too broke to be charitable this Christmas

21 December 2016 10:52

My mother is a good woman. But on being greeted by a charming golden retriever, a shaking red bucket and…

Do your property homework before heading for the slopes

20 December 2016 12:38

Skiing as a pastime is now more accessible than ever but for those seeking a home in the Alps, particularly…

It’s time industry got its act togther on financial jargon

19 December 2016 13:38

‘I don’t get excited when I hear EITC. Do you?’ This is a line from the late, lamented West Wing. The…

The new Lifetime ISA hasn’t been properly thought through

16 December 2016 13:05

The Government has announced it will scrap the much-criticised 5 per cent penalty fee for those who cash in a…

Don’t give in to New Year fad diets and fitness – they’re a waste of money

15 December 2016 12:22

It’s not long now until Christmas Day, that cherished time of year when we don our elasticated pants, break the…

We must empower teachers to deliver financial education

14 December 2016 11:54

Last week the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2016, which revealed that more than…

VAT: a back door money spinner that generates billions for the government

13 December 2016 11:23

If conspiracy theorists turned their attention to the economy rather than, I don’t know, aliens or Hillary Clinton, surely it…

Always look on the bright side of…death. What we really want at our funeral

12 December 2016 12:55

We Brits are a macabre bunch, more prone to thinking about glass half empty than glass half full. ‘Expect the worst…

Shoppers: know your rights this Christmas

9 December 2016 12:18

Time moves on so quickly and now here we are again – it’s the month when many people are focused on…

Waiting for the delivery that never comes? You’re not alone

8 December 2016 12:27

Unless you work from home or are blessed with an understanding employer who offers flexible hours, waiting in for a…

Challenger banks are failing to deliver better banking

7 December 2016 12:10

Just over a year ago I believed that new challenger banks were on the edge of glory, about to kick…

Banks are doing too little, too late to combat online fraud

6 December 2016 12:32

If the movie Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway is on TV again this Christmas, it might…

There’s no shame in being a Santa Scrooge

5 December 2016 11:52

In another world, I would sit down at the beginning of December with a notepad and pen and make a…

Loyalty doesn’t pay: why insurers need to treat their existing customers better

2 December 2016 11:19

One of the worst habits of the trillion-pound general insurance industry will be brought to an end in April next…

Don’t fall for the so-called ‘wealth gurus’

1 December 2016 11:27

Anyone can get rich. All you need is a positive mindset and a few quid to hand over to a…

Secret squirrel savings: why keeping financial secrets is a good idea

30 November 2016 11:57

The Prudential seems shocked to find that many couples aren’t entirely honest with each other when it comes to their…

Employees lose out after salary sacrifice perks scrapped

29 November 2016 12:50

If you’re not familiar with the term, then ‘salary sacrifice’ is a bit of a puzzler. Just what is your…