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November 15, 2011

Savings tops list of financial worries

by Jan Harris
Savings tops list of financial worries
There has been a substantial increase in the number of people worried about their finances over the past six months and savings are the main area of concern. A survey by financial advice site unbiased.co.uk discovered that 47 per cent of British people are more concerned about their savings than they were six months ago. Savings was the main worry for ...




July 30, 2010

First-time buyers seek independent mortgage advice

by Gill Montia
”First-time
First-time buyers and homemovers are flocking to mortgage advisers, according to unbiased.co.uk. In the first six months of the year, the financial website recorded a 24% rise in consumers looking for advice from a whole of market mortgage broker, compared with a year earlier. The website, received over 45,000 enquiries, with potential first-time buyers leading the surge. The firm's chief executive, Karen Barrett, comments: ...




June 9, 2010

Saving the “victim” of the credit crunch

by David Masters
Saving rather than borrowing has been the "major victim" of the credit crunch, according to new research published this week. The study by unbiased.co.uk found that savings levels dropped from £38.7 billion between April and June 2008 to £19.9 billion between July and September 2008 and haven't recovered since. In the first three months of 2010 savers put aside just £16.5 billion. However, according to the research, many people are ...




April 5, 2010

Brits embrace debt again

by David Masters
Brits embrace debt again
With the end of recession consumers are re-embracing the mantra "buy it now, pay for it later". Brits are returning to their old habits of spend and borrow, indicating that the thrift of the recession may have been a short-lived fad. Figures from unbiased.co.uk show that at the end of 2009, consumers were borrowing 62p for every pound they saved. This is compared to the end ...




March 25, 2010

Savers waste £35m by ignoring ISAs

by David Masters
Savers waste £35m by ignoring ISAs
Savers are being urged to make full use of this year's ISA allowance before the 5 April deadline. Unbiased.co.uk warned that Brits are set to unnecessarily spend £35 million on tax this year because they haven't bothered to put their savings into an ISA. Research by the financial advice website found that 5.9 million adults in the UK have a savings account but ...




February 23, 2010

Brits work 50 days to pay off interest on debts

by David Masters
Brits work 50 days to pay off interest on debts
Brits effectively spend 50 days earnings a year paying off interest on their debts, according to research by unbiased.co.uk. "As a nation we will spend the first 50 days of 2010 just to earn enough money to pay off the interest on our debts," the financial advice site said. That means it took until Saturday 20th February before anything ...




September 24, 2009

ISA-shy Brits waste £144 million

by David Masters
”ISA-shy
Brits are handing over £144 million to the government in taxes they don't need to pay by failing to put their savings in a tax-free account. Research by Unbiased.co.uk found £109 million is being wasted by 6.2 million savers who don't keep their savings in a tax-free cash ISA account. Some 1.7 million shareholders are wasting a further £35 million by not transferring their ...




September 16, 2009

Consumer debt on the rise again

by David Masters
”Consumer
Britain's level of debt increased again the second quarter of this year, with almost double the level of borrowing compared to the first quarter of 2009. Consumers borrowed £5.5 billion between April and June, nearly twice as much as the £2.9 billion borrowed between January and March, said financial advice site unbiased.co.uk. Savings levels grew to £21 billion in the second quarter, up ...




September 2, 2009

Baffled first-time buyers seek whole of market mortgage advice

by Gill Montia
”Baffled
A new report from professional advice website, Unbiased.co.uk, show mortgage enquiries from first-time buyers regaining ground, after a slight fall in June. The firm recorded a 43% increase in July, indicating that some of those aspiring to homeownership are convinced the UK housing market has bottomed out. Unbiased chief executive, David Elms, comments: “Many first-time buyers who are able to ...




August 18, 2009

SVRs preferred in low-rate climate

by David Masters
SVRs preferred in low-rate climate
Homeowners increasingly prefer to stick with a standard variable rate (SVR) mortgage rather than taking out a fixed-rate deal. Research by Unbiased.co.uk found 27% of homeowners are now on an SVR mortgage, compared with 23% earlier this year. A quarter of those on an SVR mortgage said they have no immediate plans to switch to a fixed-rate deal. "While in the past it could be ...




April 9, 2009

Britons resigned to housing market downturn

by Gill Montia
Britons resigned to housing market downturn
New research from Unbiased.co.uk indicates that the majority of Britons are not expecting to see house prices rise during 2009. In a recent survey by the mortgage advice website, 58% of respondents said they were not anticipating an upturn this year, while 18% didn't see any prospect of an improvement until at least 2011. Twenty-eight per cent of people surveyed were actually ...




April 1, 2009

Tracker mortgage borrowers wasting low-interest opportunity

by David Masters
Tracker mortgage borrowers wasting low-interest opportunity
Many homeowners on a tracker mortgage are failing to take advantage of historically low interest rates by not making mortgage overpayments, research by Unbiased.co.uk has discovered. More than half (56%) of UK consumers on a tracker mortgage are missing out on potentially taking years off their mortgage term by keeping extra cash in their pockets. Only one in five (22%) tracker customers are ...




March 26, 2009

Britain needs 83 days to pay interest on debt

by David Masters
Britain needs 83 days to pay interest on debt
British workers can today start reducing their personal debt as it will have taken them until yesterday to pay back the interest. Personal debt is so high in Britain that it would take the whole country 83 working days - or 1st January to 25th March - just to fund the interest payments. Total debt through credit cards, loans, ...