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  • Can DIY add value to your home? Our top five dos and don'ts Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 15:33 BST

    We are a nation of DIY lovers, and more than half of us have plans to spend the spring and summer bank holiday weekends doing projects around the home and garden. But whether you're going to do the work ...

  • FirstSave launches best-buy savings accounts Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:36 BST

    After a week of banks and building societies closing their top-rate fixed rate bonds, FirstSave has provided a glimmer of hope. It has launched a one-year fixed rate deal at 1.9% before tax (1.52% after ...

  • Don't have a DIY disaster this weekend Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:31 BST

    Over seven million households will embark on some kind of DIY project in this Easter weekend - but they won't all go smoothly. One in five people have had to fork out money to fix a DIY disaster in the ...

  • How to get a 3% cash Isa rate Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:27 BST

    Savvy savers who can put away their money for five years can now reap the rewards with a 3% interest rate. Both Skipton and Newcastle building societies are offering five-year fixed-rate cash Isas paying ...

  • Seven classic songs about money Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:15 BST

    At Moneywise we don't just write about money, we sing about it too – well, we mostly listen to songs about it and sometimes sing along (not always in tune). As we all start to wind down for the Easter ...

  • Growth in mortgage lending to be hit by MMR Moneywise - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:42 BST

    Growth in mortgage lending to be hit by MMR Laura Whitcombe Around £46 billion was lent to help people buy homes in the first three months of the year, up 37% from a year earlier, but experts warn things ...

  • Scam alert: Apple iTunes account 'suspension' Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 17:05 BST

    Moneywise has learnt of an Apple iTunes email scam doing the rounds. Fraudsters posing as Apple Customer Support inform potential victims that their iTunes account has been "frozen temporarily" ...

  • Earnings match inflation in four-year first Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 16:32 BST

    Workers' wages have caught up with inflation for the first time since 2010. Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed average UK earnings, including bonuses, grew by 1.7% ...

  • 70% of people want free face-to-face advice when they retire Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 16:21 BST

    Around seven out of ten retirement savers would prefer to receive face to face advice when the government's free pensions advice service is introduced in April 2015. While 69% of savers would prefer the ...

  • 10 top inflation-busting savings accounts Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 13:42 BST

    Over 150 savings accounts will now beat inflation, following a dip in inflation from 1.7% to 1.6% in March 2014. The 0.1 percentage point fall in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) means that basic-rate taxpayers ...

  • Easter travel: priciest European airport taxis revealed Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 12:02 BST

    The most expensive European airport cab fares into city centres have been revealed as those from Milan's Malpensa airport, Oslo Gardermoen and London Heathrow. The 46km trip from Milan's airport into the ...

  • Shawbrook boosts savers by raising two-year fixed-bond rate Moneywise - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 16:01 BST

    Shawbrook Bank has raised the rate it pays on its taxable two-year fixed rate deal for new savers to 2.3% before tax (1.84% after tax). The rate puts it ahead of other best buys from State Bank of India ...

  • Estate and lettings agents complaints up by a fifth Moneywise - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 13:15 BST

    Complaints about estate and lettings agents jumped by 23% in 2013 compared to the previous year. The Property Ombudsman (TPO) - which runs a voluntary redress scheme – received 16,000 enquiries to do with ...

  • Is Facebook set to rival PayPal? Moneywise - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:47 BST

    Facebook could be set to enter the world of mobile payments and financial services. The social media giant is seeking approval in Ireland for a service that would allow users to store money, make payments ...

  • House prices rocket by almost 10% in a year Moneywise - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:22 BST

    House prices surged by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, with first-time buyers forced to pay over 10% more for properties this year than last, according to new data. But the figures, produced by the ...

  • Is this the end for cowboy letting agents? Moneywise - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:11 BST
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    The government is planning a clampdown on unscrupulous agents – but will we ever see the back of them?

  • How to choose the right property survey Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 17:37 BST

    Every year, nearly a million people buy a property to live in or to rent out to tenants – yet many do so without having an independent survey or even a check to see if the property is safe to live in. ...

  • Mobile phones - the most common complaints Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 17:10 BST

    We live in a world where technology moves fast. Twenty years ago hardly anyone had a mobile phone and we were still reliant on phone boxes. Now there are 82.7 million active mobile phone subscriptions ...

  • Brits using their inheritance to pay for living costs Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 16:41 BST

    More than a third of Brits expect to see their heirs use their inheritance on day-to-day living costs and paying-off their debt. A new report by Close Brothers Asset Management found 38% expect the wealth ...

  • Almost 50% of people who own a credit card do not know the interest rate they are paying, according to exclusive new research. The findings, from the Moneywise Consumer Opinion Survey of 20,000 people, ...

  • 3m used credit to pay the mortgage in February Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 13:25 BST

    More than one in 20 people – the equivalent of 3 million – paid their rent or mortgage using some form of credit in February. The figure has doubled in less than a year, according to the Debt Advisory ...

  • Brits living on £5 a day after bills Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:43 BST

    The average Brit has just £148 left in disposable income a month, or just £5 a day, after bills are paid, according to a new survey. After essential payments like mortgages, rent and bills are made, people ...

  • Skipton ups rate on two-year fixed-rate Isa Moneywise - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:22 BST

    Skipton Building Society has upped the rate on its two-year fixed-rate Isa to 1.9% annually, from 1.85%. The minimum opening balance is £500, but deposits of up to the 2014/15 tax year personal allowance ...

  • Graduates will be repaying debt into their 50s Moneywise - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:36 BST

    Graduate debt has doubled to more than £44,000 on average since changes to tuition fees were made in 2012 - and most won't pay it off until their fifties. While those in their twenties and thirties will ...

  • Barclays and PPI top complaints list Moneywise - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 12:49 BST

    Barclays was the most complained about bank between July and December 2013, according to the latest data from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). During the six-month period Barclays received 309,494 ...

  • 'Misleading' Wonga advert banned Moneywise - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 12:03 BST

    A television advert for payday loan company Wonga has been banned because it implied that an interest rate of 5,853% was "irrelevant”. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 31 complaints ...

  • Shares to buy, hold and sell: Giles Hargreave Moneywise - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 14:01 BST

    Giles Hargreave, manager of the Marlborough Micro Cap fund, focuses on companies capitalised at less than £250 million when purchased. The fund returned 38% in the past year and is one of our 2014 Rated ...

  • Top-up your pension for half the price of an annuity Moneywise - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 13:18 BST

    A new state pension top-up scheme will allow pensioners to buy an extra £25 a week of state pension from next year, for around half the price of an annuity. The scheme will be available from October 2015 ...

  • 2014/15 cash Isa early-bird deals Moneywise - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:30 BST

    Savers looking to transfer their easy-access Isas taken out in previous years can earn 1.65% tax-free with a new account from BM Savings, launched on 7 April. The minimum investment is £20,000. The rate ...

  • Savvy youngsters save more than their parents Moneywise - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:06 BST

    Savvy youngsters are saving more than their parents did at the same age, new research from Santander has revealed. The bank said 94% of 11 and 16-year-olds are setting money aside for their future, with ...

  • Isa earlybirds could gain £30,000 over latecomers Moneywise - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 17:00 BST

    Investing early in an Isa could increase your payout by more than £30,000 over 14 years, according to Fidelity Personal Investing. Fidelity's data shows that if you had invested a total of £93,080 (averaging ...

  • Top money-making websites Moneywise - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 16:43 BST
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    The internet contains some great ways to earn a bit of extra cash

  • Post Office launch competitive savings bonds Moneywise - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 16:14 BST

    The Post Office has announced two new competitive bond deals for savvy savers. It's Growth Bond (Issue 22) and Online Bond (Issue 11) will offer a rate of up to 2% AER and 2.01% AER respectively for those ...

  • How clean is your house? Moneywise - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 14:51 BST

    There is something particularly rewarding about coming back to a home that has been professionally cleaned. Not only will you have saved yourself hours of drudgery but you can enjoy – if only for a short ...

  • Are solar panels a good investment? Moneywise - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 14:19 BST

    Despite the government's cut in the feed-in tariff rate, solar panels are great income generators, says Nick Louth. Despite the fall in government-guaranteed payments for solar power, those who get in ...

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