March 2013 Archive

ISA season 2013: The top 20 fixed rate cash ISAs

Make the most of this year's ISA allowance

Our latest feature gives a rundown of the top 20 fixed rate cash ISA deals available ahead of the ISA deadline. Invest up to £5,640 tax-free.

King: "More twists and turns" before global economic crisis ends

Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

The Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, was warned that he expects more "twists and turns" before the global economic crisis is over.

ISA Season 2013: ISA savers urged to switch to a better deal

If your ISA bonus rate has expired switch to a better deal

With the ISA deadline fast approaching if you took out an ISA with a bonus rate last year you need to switch to a better deal to make the most of your savings.

CTF balances may be allowed to be transferred to Junior ISAs

CTFs may be allowed to be transferred to Junior ISAs

Chiled Trust Fund balances may be allowed to be transferred to Junior ISAs after the government launched a consultation on the issue as part of its budget announcements.

Budget 2013 Live: Key points at a glance

Budget 2013 live: All the key points at a glance

The budget as it happens. Follow all the major announcements in the Chancellor's budget as George Osborne presents his fourth budget since the coalition came to power.

Osborne announces changes to Bank of England remit

Budget day could see a change to the central bank's remit announced

The Chancellor, George Osborne, presents his budget on Wednesday and it could see the announcement of a change to the Bank of England's remit.

Budget 2013: Osborne expected to announce more housebuilding

George Osborne prepares to announce the budget on March 20th

Business leaders are urging the Chancellor, George Osborne to go for growth and invest in infrastructure projects ahead of the budget on Wednesday March 20th.

Inflation up to 2.8%, highest level for nine months

Petrol prices helped inflation edge up in February

Inflation inched up to 2.8 per cent in February, its highest level for 9 months as higher oil prices contributed to a rise in the cost of petrol.

ISA countdown: How to invest in a self-select ISA

A self-select ISA allows you to manage your own investments

Self-select ISAs allow you to manage your own investments and choose exactly what funds you invest in but you need to assess how often you will trade and how that affects fees.

62% of ISA savers have never switched providers

ISA investors are reluctant to switch to a better deal

New research shows that 62% of ISA investors have never switched provider and 90 per cent of women do not know that the ISA tax-free savings limit goes up from April 2013.

Spencer Dale warns more QE will increase inflation risk

The Bank of England's Chief economist Spencer Dale has warned against more QE

The Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Spencer Dale has warned that more quantitative easing could risk pushing up inflation.

Low rates and lack of cash limit ISA savings as deadline approaches

Just 15% of ISA investors are using their full entitlement, according to new research

New research from the Halifax shows that 85 per cent of ISA investors have not used their full allowance of £5,640 for a cash ISA ahead of the deadline of April 5th.

ISA season 2013: The best investment ISA options

Investment ISAs - We detail the best strategies

Our expert guide looks at the trends and strategies you should follow when selecting your companies and funds to invest your 2012-13 ISA allowance in a stocks and shares ISA.

How to invest in a stocks and shares ISA

Investment ISAs can provide better returns but are riskier than cash ISAs

With the ISA deadline just over three weeks ago, and if you want to try and beat the low returns available from a cash ISA, our guide gives the lowdown on investment ISAs.

Leeds BS launch ISAs that offer access to top savings account

Leeds BS launches its ISA products for 2012-13

The Leeds Building Society has unveiled its fixed rate cash ISA deals that pay up to 2.60 per cent and offer access to a market-leading 30-day notice savings account.

ISA Season 2013: The top ten instant-access cash ISAs

We preview the top ten easy access cash ISAs

We countdown the top ten paying easy-access cash ISAs for the 2012 ISA season. Rates have been decimated by the FLS but these are the best of a bad lot!

First Direct relax income limits for £100 switching incentive

First Direct are relaxing the income limits on its £100 switching offer

First Direct is offering its £100 switching incentive to new customers who earn a minimum of £1,000 from April 1st.

First Direct offer 6% savings account that beats the best ISA

First Direct has revived its regular saver account that pays 6.0 per cent

First Direct has relaunched its Regular Saver account that allows current account customers to save up to £300 per month and earn a whopping six per cent interest.

Santander launch MAJOR ISA paying 2.8% and Rory McIlroy bonus

Santander's MAJOR ISA pays a bonus if Rory McIlroy wins one of golf's big four prizes

Santander has relaunched its MAJOR ISA that pays 2.80 per cent and an extra 0.10 per cent bonus if Rory McIlroy wins one of golf's four major tournaments.

Brits expect inflation to be 3.6 per cent in 12 months time

Petrol prices are one factor that the public sees causing inflation to go up in the next year

The latest quarterly survey on attitudes to inflation by the Bank of England shows that we expect inflation to rise to 3.6 per cent over the next 12 months.

Barclays boss outlines strategic vision of streamlined bank

Barclays boss Antony Jenkins outlined plans to shareholders

Barclays boss Antony Jenkins has told shareholders how he sees the bank changing to cater for the new demands of customers on a banking sector that will be more automated.

Winners and losers of four years of record low base rate

The policies of the Bank of England in the last four years have penalised savers

The Bank of England cut base rate six times in six months to take it to the record low of 0.50 per cent in March 2009. Who have been the winners and losers of the last four years?

Tesco Bank ups Instant Access ISA rate to 2.30%

Tesco has increased the interest rate on its cash ISA

Tesco Bank has announced that it has increased the rate on its Instant Access Cash ISA to 2.30 per cent.

RBS says sorry again after 2nd IT systems meltdown

RBS boss Stephen Hester faces further problems after unveiling a £5.2bn loss for 2012 last week

The Royal Bank of Scotland was forced to apologise to customers again after an IT meltdown left customers unable to access their accounts last night.

Governor King warns current RBS structure is "nonsense"

Sir Mervyn King disagrees with RBS boss Stephen Hester on the future direction of RBS

The Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King has argued that RBS should be split up into a "good" and "bad" bank and that the fact it is 81% owned by the taxpayer is a "nonsense".

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