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February 2012

0.5% bank rate sees homeowners '£500 billion better off'

0.5% bank rate sees homeowners '£500 billion better off'

Published 29 February 2012 by

Bank of England figures suggest homeowners are better off by thousands of pounds each following interest cuts.

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February 2012

How could 'mobile wallets' change the way we pay?

How could 'mobile wallets' change the way we pay?

Published 28 February 2012 by

Vodafone has unveiled a new 'mobile wallet' payment system for smartphones, which could let users make pay for items with just a swipe of their handset - and could transform the way we pay the world over.

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February 2012

Bank account customers struggle to switch, EU study shows

Bank account customers struggle to switch, EU study shows

Published 27 February 2012 by

A recent mystery shopping exercise by the EU showed just how difficult it can be to switch bank account - which could help to explain why so few people ever do switch.

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February 2012

Banks warned 'hidden frauds' on the rise

Banks warned 'hidden frauds' on the rise

Published 24 February 2012 by

Fraud experts from FICO and Equifax have warned banks that, as card fraud has fallen in the last 10 years, criminals are now turning to 'hidden fraud'.

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February 2012

Smartphone banking for all banks 'by the end of 2012'

Smartphone banking for all banks 'by the end of 2012'

Published 23 February 2012 by

The UK Payments Council says that an industry-wide initiative allowing all bank customers with smartphones to make mobile payments will be introduced by the end of 2012.

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February 2012

Savers - be cautious when investing

Savers - be cautious when investing

Published 22 February 2012 by

Thisismoney.co.uk reports that many savers were angry when they learned that their low risk 'structured investments' weren't always risk free.

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February 2012

Are more banks set to launch pay-by-mobile services?

Are more banks set to launch pay-by-mobile services?

Published 21 February 2012 by

Could pay-by-mobile services become the future of banking? The launch of Pingit, which allows users to make payments using the recipient's mobile phone number, is set to change the way many people bank.

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February 2012

How much money is in your bank account after bills?

How much money is in your bank account after bills?

Published 20 February 2012 by

Research has found that one in five people have no money left over after paying their bills. But how can you make the most of the money you do have?

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February 2012

Could the banking sector face a 'break up'?

Could the banking sector face a 'break up'?

Published 17 February 2012 by

The head of the OFT has urged banks to make it easier for customers to switch accounts - or face 'radical' changes.

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February 2012

How will a halt in interest rates affect bank accounts?

How will a halt in interest rates affect bank accounts?

Published 16 February 2012 by

The Bank of England says interest rates are unlikely to rise before 2014. How could the predicted halt in interest rates affect bank accounts?

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February 2012

Savings account - interest rates or access?

Savings account - interest rates or access?

Published 15 February 2012 by

When you're choosing a bank account for your savings, you may have to choose between higher interest or easy access to your money. Read more here.

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February 2012

How will inflation's 14-month low affect savers?

How will inflation's 14-month low affect savers?

Published 14 February 2012 by

Inflation in the UK has hit the lowest level since November 2010 - providing a welcome boost for many people's savings pots.

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February 2012

Fifth of young low-earners 'couldn't survive a month without their job'

Fifth of young low-earners 'couldn't survive a month without their job'

Published 13 February 2012 by

A fifth of low-earners in the 16-29 age group wouldn't have enough money in their bank accounts to get through the month if they lost their jobs, research has found.

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February 2012

Bank account customers' details 'being sold for £19'

Bank account customers' details 'being sold for £19'

Published 10 February 2012 by

Criminals could be able to get hold of UK bank account customers' details, after an investigation revealed Russian websites are selling passwords and PINs for just £19.

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February 2012

More Quantitative Easing expected from Bank of England

More Quantitative Easing expected from Bank of England

Published 9 February 2012 by

A further round of quantitative easing is likely as the Bank of England tries to boost the UK economy. However, there are fears that QE could devalue the average pension pot. Read more here.

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February 2012

Most people 'worried about bank balance within 17 days of payday'

Most people 'worried about bank balance within 17 days of payday'

Published 8 February 2012 by

Money worries are making us a nation of obsessive bank balance checkers, according to research by Halifax, and these worries tend to kick in around 17 days after payday.

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February 2012

Mobile internet access growing: are you keeping your details safe?

Mobile internet access growing: are you keeping your details safe?

Published 7 February 2012 by

Recent research shows that more people are accessing the internet by mobile phone - but many could be putting their bank account and other online accounts at risk because they don't know how to protect their personal data.

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February 2012

British Gas accidentally takes double from 20,000 bank accounts

British Gas accidentally takes double from 20,000 bank accounts

Published 6 February 2012 by

British Gas left more than 20,000 customers out of pocket when it accidentally 'double-billed' their bank accounts last week - leaving some with expensive overdraft fees.

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February 2012

Sophisticated online bank account hacking uncovered

Sophisticated online bank account hacking uncovered

Published 3 February 2012 by

The BBC reports on a new sophisticated hacking technique called 'Man in the Browser' (MitB) which allows criminals to steal money from your bank account without your knowledge.

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February 2012

How expensive is your overdraft?

How expensive is your overdraft?

Published 2 February 2012 by

How expensive is your overdraft? The latest figures from the Bank of England suggest the average authorised overdraft charges 19.47% interest. So thinkbanking asks, is there an alternative?

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February 2012

Simple passwords 'could put online banking security at risk'

Simple passwords 'could put online banking security at risk'

Published 1 February 2012 by

Setting simple passwords or writing them down and not keeping them safe is putting many people's online security at risk - and that includes online banking.

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