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Are packaged bank accounts worth paying for?

Packaged bank accounts can be very convenient, but do your sums carefully to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
17 Sep 2019
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The benefits of sitting tight with your savings

Agreeing to lock up your cash can boost the interest rate on your savings significantly. Ruth Jackson-Kirby reports.
20 Aug 2019
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Switching your business bank account made simple

More small businesses than ever before are switching bank account, encouraged to change provider by increasing competition for their custom and moves …
7 Aug 2019
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Bank accounts

The appeal of a private bank

Private banks have long been surrounded by an air of prestige. But is the service they provide worth the extra cost?
17 May 2019
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Easy ways to save cash

Devote an afternoon to some simple money administration, and you could make a big difference to your finances over the year.
11 Jan 2019
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Give packaged bank accounts a chance

Although the idea of paying for a bank account is irritating, the perks you get in return can be highly valuable. Ruth Jackson explains.
12 Oct 2018
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NS&I fails to keep up

The state-backed bank is popular, but there are better rates on offer elsewhere for savers, says Ruth Jackson.
7 Sep 2018
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Personal finance

How to make the most of the 0.25% interest-rate rise

So the Bank of England has raised interest rates to a whopping 0.75%. Might as well make the most of it, says Ruth Jackson.
10 Aug 2018

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How to pay for university

Although the cost of living might not be top of every student’s mind, make sure they’re prepared to budget.
13 Jul 2018
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The best cards to use for holiday spending

Instead of just sticking with your faithful bank card this summer, look into getting one that doesn’t add to your holiday bill, says Ruth Jackson.
29 Jun 2018
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Personal finance

Look beyond NS&I for better rates

Spread your cash among several accounts to earn more interest than the state-owned bank pays, says Ruth Jackson.
22 Jun 2018
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A stress-free way to switch current accounts

Breaking up with your bank shouldn’t be difficult, says Ruth Jackson. If you’re looking to change current accounts, here’s how to do it.
8 Jun 2018
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Beware the money-mule scam targeting students

Young people should be aware of the criminal implications of taking part in “money-mule” schemes, says Ruth Jackson.
4 May 2018
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Don’t miss out on the best current accounts

There’s no point sticking with a bank that offers a bad deal, says Ruth Jackson. Make sure you move when rates are cut.
27 Apr 2018
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Open banking is here – but it will cost you your privacy

Open banking brings with it many advantages, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Just be sure your privacy is a price worth paying.
19 Apr 2018
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Personal finance

Why open banking could be a boon for fraudsters

Open banking has arrived and with it a slew of apps aiming to help you to use these new rules to improve your budgeting habits. Just watch out for cro…
19 Jan 2018
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What you need to know about joint accounts

Joint bank accounts can be useful for paying bills, says Ruth Jackson. But they can also come with their own set of problems.
29 Oct 2017
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How Islamic savings accounts work

Islamic savings accounts can sometimes offer table-topping rates to savers, explains Emma Lunn.
16 Jun 2017
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Personal finance

Is it time to switch current accounts?

Interests rates on high-paying current accounts are coming under pressure. Sarah Moore looks at the options for savers.
21 Oct 2016
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Personal finance

Rewarding current accounts: a simple way to bag £600

Make the most of banking generosity thanks to their desperation to win new customers and bag a rewarding current account, says Ruth Jackson.
7 Oct 2016
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Personal finance

A handy digital banking tool to keep tabs on your spending

Digital banking app “B” could be a very handy money management tool. But the accompanying bank accounts are nothing to write home about.
3 May 2016
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Is your business banking too expensive?

Business banking costs can quickly rack up, just when entrepreneurs should be keeping their costs down. Cris Sholto Heaton takes a look at the alterna…
14 Aug 2015
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Currencies

Want to buy the euro while it's cheap? Here's how

A new online bank account lets you hold 24 different currencies. Ideal if you think you should be holding some euros, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
13 Mar 2015
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Personal finance

Is this the end for 'free' banking?

Has 'free' banking had its day? Merryn Somerset Webb investigates, and looks at the best bank accounts for those willing to pay.
16 Feb 2015
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Why do ‘unauthorised’ overdrafts exist?

For the banks, the profits made out of charges for unauthorised overdrafts far outweigh the bad publicity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
24 Sep 2014
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Tesco launches current account offering 3% interest

Tesco Bank, the supermarket giant’s banking arm, has launched its first current account, giving customers 3% interest on balances up to £3,000.
10 Jun 2014
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New TSB current account pays 5% interest

TSB has launched a current account that gives you a much better return than most savings accounts. Ed Bowsher looks at how it stacks up against the co…
14 Mar 2014
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Credit cards

The best cashback offers

New debit card reward schemes from Lloyds and Halifax promise “up to 15% cashback”. What are the limitations - and could the offers still make it wort…
10 Dec 2013