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UK current account market heats up

Current accounts are becoming less of a commodity, with several UK providers now offering products with generous terms and rewards. This, combined with aggressive marketing and easier switching, has helped to refresh what used to be a staid market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2014
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CommentWire

UK current accounts: not the full package

While Britons pay up to GBP200 a year in fees for packaged current accounts, new research from Alliance and Leicester has shown that few customers make good use of the facilities offered. However, while these accounts may indeed not suit everyone, they do bring with them a raft of secondary benefits that this research may have underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2005
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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK debt: Britons must face up to vicious circle

The governor of the Bank of England has given a stern warning on debt, as data from the National Debt Line highlights that the number of households struggling with debt repayments is mounting. Worryingly, the crisis could become worse: unemployment is rising and an increase in the cost of borrowing risks leaving many consumers in acute difficulties.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2006
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CommentWire

UK debt: fighting with regulation and education

A new study has expressed particular concern about a widening gap between 'financially savvy' customers and other groups of borrowers, who, unable to handle their borrowing, are becoming dangerously indebted. As the reformed Consumer Credit Act deadline draws nearer the government should concentrate on educating consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2004
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CommentWire

UK debt: IVAs require regulation

Debt management companies have been accused of giving bad advice to vulnerable consumers, advising some people to take out IVAs when this may not be the best option for them. Lenders also have concerns about IVAs and want the market to be regulated. While the UK government has rejected this idea, it may need to rethink its stance as the lack of regulation is affecting the vulnerable.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2006
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CommentWire

UK debt: secured loans set new record

Record debts figures by households in the UK have prompted the Bank of England to warn borrowers of their vulnerability to economic downturns. The National Debt Line has seen a recent decrease in call numbers, but they are still high. Although the present economic situation is stable, a future downturn could leave borrowers with unmanageable burdens.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK debt: worried lenders feel the pinch

The average debt per adult in the UK was GBP4,021 at the end of 2005. Lenders are now feeling the strain of ever-increasing unsecured debts, and many have to increase their bad debt provisions, as consumers struggle to meet their debt commitments. With bad debts more of an issue, indebted consumers may find it more difficult to get relatively cheap credit.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2006
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CommentWire

UK debt: young women in financial jeopardy

Every single 18 to 28 year old woman questioned in a magazine's consumer survey had some kind of debt. Student loans were the most popular source of debt, followed by overdrafts, credit and store cards. While levels of consumer debt appear to be sustainable at present, a rise in the base rate could cause serious financial problems for a generation of young women.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2003
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UK deflation threat calls for new retail strategies

Currently, the European markets are threatened by deflation, a situation that in some countries is reaching record dimensions; for example, in the UK, where the Consumer Price Index inflation fell to 0.32% in January 2015. The shadow of deflation is having a strong impact on the UK retail and consumer goods sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2015

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