Protect yourself from more than the hot sun

11:10am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WITH the holiday season nearly upon us, perhaps you’ve got a special getaway booked. But before you grab your sun hat, slather on the factor 30 and make the dash to the airport, take a few moments to consider this: will your travel insurance policy also give you the protection you need while you are away?

It’s the loan arranger

The Northern Echo: INFORMAL IOU: Lending money is to become easier

10:16am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SENDING money to family and friends is about to become a whole lot easier – forget cheques or lengthy online log-ins, all you need is a mobile phone and a current account.

Looking at impact of new pension shake-up

The Northern Echo: PENSION POTS: The latest plans will make it easier for people to cash in their pension pots

11:01am Wednesday 9th April 2014

The pensions industry has undergone some radical shake-ups in recent weeks. Vicky Shaw looks at the impact these changes might have

Energy complaints rise by 224%

The Northern Echo: Eon has revealed prices are going up

11:09am Monday 7th April 2014

ENERGY complaints have soared in the first three months of this year - a 224% rise on the first quarter of 2013, the energy sector's ombudsman said.

It’s a real credit to you

The Northern Echo: It’s a real credit to you

10:29am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

How clued up are you about your credit report? Vicky Shaw reveals the answer, which for many seems to be not very

It’s time for a spring clean

The Northern Echo: NEW ACCOUNTS: Moving your money

11:24am Wednesday 26th March 2014

As many of us are looking to spring clean our savings around now, Vicky Shaw asks would you be tempted by a ‘teaser’ interest rate?

Regulators urged to launch investigation into "broken" energy market

The Northern Echo: The Chancellor announced a package of reforms to "radically reduce" energy costs

2:52pm Monday 24th March 2014

REGULATORS are being urged to launch an investigation into the energy market amid fresh claims that it is "broken".

Hit by a lack of interest

The Northern Echo: SHORT SAVINGS: Savers have been hit by low interest rates

10:38am Wednesday 19th March 2014

The Bank of England base rate has been at a historic 0.5 per cent low for half a decade. So what has this figure meant for households? Vicky Shaw reports

Arrears help is at hand

The Northern Echo: PAYMENT STRUGGLE: Lenders could be doing more to help

10:42am Wednesday 12th March 2014

If you are having mortgage payment worries, don’t leave it too late to get aid, says Vicky Shaw

An age-old problem

The Northern Echo: TAKING ADVICE: Considering which annuity is best for you can be baffling, says the Financial Conduct Authority, which is seeking to shake up the industry

11:10am Wednesday 5th March 2014

A NEW investigation has been announced into the retirement annuities market, after the City regulator found it is not working well for consumers.

Low interests rates send "you're a mug to save" message

The Northern Echo: Credit unions offer savings and value loans to their members.

1:46pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

The Bank of England's five-year policy of rock bottom interest rates has sent out the message that "you're a mug to save", experts have said.

For richer, for poorer

11:34am Wednesday 26th February 2014

VALENTINE’S Day has been and gone, but a pension provider is still keen to count the costs of romance.

Universal affordable childcare could save taxpayer £1.5 billion a year

The Northern Echo: Universal affordable childcare could save taxpayer £1.5 billion a year

11:42am Friday 21st February 2014

THE provision of universal affordable childcare could save the taxpayer up to £1.5 billion a year by allowing more mothers to go back to work, a report has claimed.

Keeping costs of games down is not child’s play

The Northern Echo: ONLY A GAME?: How much are your children spending online?

11:21am Wednesday 19th February 2014

A CRACKDOWN on the online gaming industry aims to cut the risk of money disappearing from the accounts of young players’ parents without their knowledge.

Shock figures show region’s workers £84pw worse off

The Northern Echo: PAYING THE PRICE: Analysis shows North-East wage packets have failed to keep pace with higher than expected inflation

11:13am Wednesday 19th February 2014

PAY has plunged across the region since the Coalition came to power, leaving workers up to a staggering £84 a week worse off, new analysis shows Wage packets have failed to keep pace with higher than expected inflation, puncturing the Government’s attempts to convince voters that economic recovery has arrived.

'Less than one in ten saving accounts beating tax and inflation'

The Northern Echo: Bosses of small firms are supporting their businesses with personal savings and handouts from family and friends

2:04pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

FEWER than one in 10 savings accounts on the market offer returns that beat tax and inflation, a financial website said today.

Inflation falls below 2% for first time in four years

The Northern Echo: The Bank of England are in no hurry to raise interest rates

10:53am Tuesday 18th February 2014

INFLATION has fallen below the Bank of England's 2% target for the first time in more than four years.

Many workers 'expect pay freeze'

The Northern Echo: Many workers 'expect pay freeze'

12:10pm Thursday 13th February 2014

MANY workers expect pay to be frozen or remain below inflation this year amid warnings that the "severe fall" in real wages will not be reversed until there is a big improvement in productivity.

Living under same roof

The Northern Echo: HOME LIFE: Many young adults still live with their parents

10:38am Wednesday 12th February 2014

ARECENT flurry of ‘‘good news’’ stories about firsttime buyers finally getting onto the property ladder might suggest young people are no longer struggling to fly the nest.

Are you planning on a break-up with your bank?

The Northern Echo: ON THE CARDS: It is now easier to switch bank accounts

12:08pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

AS spring moves closer, this is traditionally a time of year when love blossoms – but for those whose feelings towards their bank or building society are less than warm and fuzzy, giving them the elbow has become much easier.

ISA payout error at Natwest and RBS

The Northern Echo: RBS facing allegations of 'unscrupulous' treatment of small businesses

10:57am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Some NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) customers have found themselves short-changed in their monthly interest payments in the latest blunder to hit the banks.

Employers pressed to increase pay as job vacancies rise

The Northern Echo: Life Church in Newton Aycliffe is running a free money management course this month

11:56am Tuesday 4th February 2014

EMPLOYERS will be pressed to increase pay this year amid a rise in vacancies, coupled with skills shortages, according to a new report.

1.6 million yet to submit tax returns as deadline looms

3:59pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

AROUND 1.6 million people still need to submit their self-assessment tax returns by the end of Friday or face an automatic £100 penalty.

Nationwide reports house prices up 8.8 per cent in January

The Northern Echo: Nationwide report house prices up 8.8% in January

11:10am Wednesday 29th January 2014

HOUSE prices surged by 8.8% year-on-year in January as they continued to increase at their fastest pace since 2010, Nationwide has reported.

Record year for annuities

The Northern Echo: GLIMMER OF HOPE: Experts say that the retirement income situation is looking up

10:52am Wednesday 29th January 2014

TALES of disappointing retirement incomes have become depressingly familiar in recent years, but experts say the situation could finally be looking up.

Paid-for current account complaints double

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5:01pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

COMPLAINTS about paid-for current accounts have more than doubled over the last year amid a sharp increase in people saying they were mis-sold one of these products, figures from the ombudsman reveal.

Vital pieces of housing market jigsaw return

The Northern Echo: FIRST RUNG: More are taking their first steps on the housng ladder

11:47am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THE recent housing market revival has brought with it the return of a species that had become frighteningly scarce – the first-time buyer.

Npower claims high bills result of 'old and draughty' homes

The Northern Echo: npower

10:40am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

ENERGY giant Npower has claimed bills in the UK are high because the country's "old and draughty" houses waste so much gas and electricity.

Credit brokers 'prey on borrowers'

The Northern Echo: Credit brokers 'prey on borrowers'

11:15am Monday 20th January 2014

Credit brokers are preying on cash-strapped borrowers by "posing" as payday lenders and charging unexpected fees for organising loans, according to evidence compiled by Citizens Advice.

What a difference a year makes in housing market

The Northern Echo: BACK ON TRACK: Last year the housing market showed its recovery

10:39am Wednesday 15th January 2014

WHO would have thought 12 months ago that 2013 would be the year the housing market finally regained its mojo?

New year is a good time to tidy up your finances

11:26am Wednesday 8th January 2014

THIS time of year, after too many Christmas indulgences and too much time before the next pay cheque, many people are desperate to get their finances back on track.

House prices surged 8.4% in 2013

The Northern Echo: House prices surged 8.4% in 2013

11:10am Friday 3rd January 2014

HOUSE prices surged by 8.4% over 2013 across the UK as the market revival became increasingly broad-based, Nationwide has reported.

Gift creep takes a bite out of festive finances

11:58am Wednesday 18th December 2013

SO, you’ve traipsed round the shops, scoured the internet and, after stocking up on Christmas gifts for family and friends, you’re now putting your feet up for a well-earned rest.

Campaign to drive away ghostly insurance scams

The Northern Echo: DON’T CRASH: Beware of falling prey to insurance scammers

11:14am Wednesday 11th December 2013

A CAMPAIGN is being launched to raise the nation’s awareness about ghost brokers – fraudsters whose practices target drivers with insurance policies that are not worth the paper they are written on.

Savers facing struggle as cost-of-living crisis bites

The Northern Echo: Savers facing struggle as cost-of-living crisis bites

10:35am Wednesday 4th December 2013

BRIGHTER news about the economy and signs of growing consumer optimism have given Chancellor George Osborne an early Christmas present.

Energy suppliers pledge to pass on savings from Government shake-up

The Northern Echo: Energy suppliers pledge to pass on savings from Government shake-up

11:56am Monday 2nd December 2013

HOUSEHOLDS are to be spared the full force of recent bill hikes after power firms pledged to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of energy levies.

Help to Buy takes a bow

The Northern Echo: SOLD ON IT: Mortgage lenders have experienced their busiest time in five years amid signs that the new Help to Buy scheme is spurring competition to attract low-deposit borrowers

11:07am Wednesday 27th November 2013

AFTER the blaze of initial publicity, we are now seeing the first real glimpses of how the UK-wide Help to Buy scheme is bedding in.

Clear and present danger

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE RUSH: Christmas shoppers crowd the aisles at the Metrocentre shopping complex, in Gateshead

11:22am Wednesday 20th November 2013

THIS Christmas, UK shoppers expect to splash out a staggering £24bn on festive food, treats and gifts.

Supermarkets dupe customers into paying more for groceries

The Northern Echo: Free food on offer

11:03am Tuesday 19th November 2013

SUPERMARKETS are duping customers into paying more for groceries which are supposed to be on special offer, a new campaign suggests.

Playing the long game

The Northern Echo: Playing the long game

10:44am Wednesday 13th November 2013

RECENT weeks have thrown up a series of stark reminders that we cannot be complacent about having enough money in our later years.

Current account switching figures reveal an increase

The Northern Echo: LESS HASSLE: Current account switching should be made easier after the introduction of the guarantee

11:21am Wednesday 6th November 2013

THE first snapshot of current account switching activity – a scheme designed to ramp-up competition between providers by making it easier for customers to switch accounts – has just been unveiled, and it appears there is early success.

Banking on a change

The Northern Echo: GRIPES DOWN: Consumer complaints to banks have fallen

11:01am Wednesday 30th October 2013

CONSUMER complaints to banks about their products and services fell by half a million in the first six months of this year, compared with the last six months of last year.

Galvanising the market

12:09pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

LAST week, three months earlier than expected, the Government threw another lifeline to mortgage borrowers with a deposit of only five per cent.

Why pensions seem to be more save and sound

The Northern Echo: PENSION POT: The pension scheme has been going a year

12:27pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

THE Government retirement savings revolution designed to get up to nine million more workers into pension schemes has just passed its one-year milestone.

Borrowing is on the cards

The Northern Echo: SPENDING AGAIN: Has the downturn fundamentally changed our money spending habits?

11:18am Wednesday 9th October 2013

AFTER years of cautious consumer behaviour following the economic downturn, annual household borrowing on credit cards and personal loans grew for the first time in four years in August

PwC offers expert advice on business succession

The Northern Echo: Lee Stamp of PwC

4:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

LEE STAMP, a director and family business specialist at PwC Newcastle offers readers his expert advice. 

Is housing market heading for more boom and bust?

The Northern Echo: CHECKING PRICES: A couple look at properties for sale

10:58am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

AS Britain basked in unusually hot weather over the summer, the temperature also turned up in the housing market.

Is it time to change your current account?

The Northern Echo: EASIER TASK: Changing banks will become more simple

11:52am Wednesday 25th September 2013

IT is sometimes said that people are more likely to divorce than change their bank. Indeed, a recent report found people typically stick with their bank for 17 years – the average British marriage lasts 11-and-a-half.

Ensure you don’t get caught on vishing line

11:42am Wednesday 18th September 2013

FRAUDSTERS are increasingly using a telephone con trick known as vishing to steal millions of pounds from unsuspecting consumers.

OFT fires shot across the bows of quick-sale firms

The Northern Echo: OFFER DROP: Quick sales can be a benefit, but it comes at a price

11:28am Wednesday 11th September 2013

MORE than 100 firms in the “quick house sale” sector are being urged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to make sure their business practices are up to scratch.



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