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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 22, 2018 7:45:24 AM

The Middle Ages are not generally associated with multinational banking. However, during the 15th century, Florence’s Medici family built a banking empire that dominated Europe for a century. By the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Mar 5, 2018 6:23:24 AM

Following the financial crisis of 2008 when a number of big British banks came close to collapsing, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) was strengthened by the government. As such, …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 12, 2017 11:11:12 AM

Whilst the country takes in the latest developments in the ongoing saga that is contemporary British politics, one question that many will be looking for answers to, is how the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jun 6, 2017 4:12:35 AM

Whilst contactless payment may still feel like a relatively new phenomenon, the first card to offer this capability – Barclaycard’s OnePulse, which combined a credit card with the Oyster card …

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by Alexander Beard, on May 22, 2017 5:57:01 AM

The Lifetime Individual Savings Account, also known as the Lifetime ISA or simply “LISA”, is the brainchild of former Chancellor George Osborne and has finally arrived at the beginning of …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 26, 2016 7:09:52 AM

A recent study by Experian of over a thousand US couples has revealed that the majority of spouses had no real knowledge of their other half’s finances until after they …

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by Alexander Beard, on Apr 12, 2016 6:09:22 AM

As far as the savings market was concerned, 2015 was the year of the challenger provider. Competition between them ramped up and average rates followed suit, and in turn, positivity …

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by Alexander Beard, on Feb 22, 2016 6:16:00 AM

Millions of bank customers across Britain stand to benefit by hundreds of pounds as nine major banks launch fee-free basic bank accounts. The accounts will be available to anyone who …

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by Alexander Beard, on Nov 5, 2015 7:18:04 AM

You may have heard the terms active and passive with regard to investment funds, but what exactly do they mean and how can they impact your investing? Actively managed investment …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 23, 2015 6:17:22 AM

An essential part of writing this bulletin each month is making daily notes on the main business and stock market news. This month we have comfortably broken our record – more than …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jun 22, 2015 5:12:37 AM

The National Fraud and Cyber-Crime Reporting Office recently issued an ‘Alert Notice’ regarding fraud focused on the new Pensioner Bonds. Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be …

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by Alexander Beard, on May 18, 2015 5:08:18 AM

Time-poor people around the UK risk rushing important long-term decisions, with 9 out of 10 (90%) regretting rushing their career choice and 87% feeling regret over hurrying financial decisions, new …

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