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In today’s ever-evolving business environment, finance directors face vast external challenges that can impact their organisation’s financial performance – from geopolitical tensions and trade block negotiations, to soaring inflation and the residual effect of the Coronavirus pandemic. With a lot to navigate, finance teams are exploring all potential routes to help strengthen the bottom line [...]
HSBC has temporarily withdrawn mortgage deals for new borrowers as the turbulence that has engulfed the UK mortgage market over the past few weeks continued. The bank removed products for new residential and buy-to-let products on Thursday, with new more expensive deals becoming available on Monday. HSBC had originally set a deadline of 5pm on [...]
Link's chief John Howells says the nation can't "abandon" its cash users.
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned 70 years ago in 1953, the price of a pint was less than 10p, the average house price was around £1,800, and the average salary was £10 a week. But that’s not all that has changed, this year’s Coronation of King Charles III takes place in a nation where life [...]
Brits are expected to ring in the Coronation of King Charles III this weekend in the time honoured tradition of emptying their wallets faster than usual. It is predicted consumers will fork out around £8bn over the Coronation bank holiday weekend, with £3.22bn more spent than during a typical May bank holiday. Of the £3bn [...]
More than half of low-income homes who qualify for cheaper broadband tariffs are missing out on the deals, according to the UK communications regulator. Only 220,000 households were on a social tariffs as of February 2023, meanwhile 53 per cent of people receiving benefit payments were completely unaware of cheaper deals, Ofcom revealed in a [...]
As interest rates look set to increase, we look at the best and the worst paying savings accounts on offer. Banks and savings providers have come under fire for not passing on interest rate rises to savers This week the FCA said it would be keeping an eye on banks’ first quarter profits to make [...]
A two year project which aims to come up with long-term solutions to the UK’s pensions crisis has been launched by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in partnership with abrdn’s Financial Fairness Trust. The Pensions Review will run for two and a half years and “comprehensively assess the consequences of current pension policy, the economic [...]
Private renters in London are faced with the highest costs since 2012 as a sparse and competitive market send the cost of homes in the capital to new highs. Landlords in the capital increased rent by 4.8 per cent in the 12 months to March 2023, up from an increase of 4.6 per cent in [...]
The Chancellor has suggested the pension system needs reform to ensure people receive higher returns. Jeremy Hunt said he is concerned that pensioners are not getting “the returns that they could expect”, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Chancellor was speaking in Washington where he is attending the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund [...]
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