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Are Wedding Loans a Good Way to Manage the Costs of your Big Day?

As the average cost for a wedding continues to go upwards, it’s important to remember that you can still have a fantastic wedding, without breaking the bank. While you might not get the wedding of your dreams without a little patience and compromise, there are plenty of fantastic ways that you can increase your chances… More


Can You Afford to Get a New Boiler?

Your boiler could be the most important item in your home – particularly when it comes to the winter months. That means that maintaining your boiler, or replacing your boiler, isn’t necessarily something that can wait until you’ve had the time to save up enough cash. The good news is that if you’re struggling with… More


Winners and Losers Under the New State Pension System

Every new law, regulation or budget proposal creates winners and losers. In the case of the new state pension programme, the Pension Policies Institute (PPI) think tank speculates that the losers are younger workers, the vast majority of whom will get less out of the new system than the older one. The switchover to the… More


Whether You’re a Renter or a Buyer, Living in Britain Isn’t Cheap

There are many good reasons to buy a house, one being that it is becoming ever more expensive to be a renter. According to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, first-time buyers looking to purchase a house in 2017 will have already spent an average of £52,900 on rent – a cost that will add… More


There Will Always Be Winners and Losers in the UK Housing Market

If you aim to get onto the property ladder in the UK, you have your work cut out for you, as a host of challenges await first time house buyers. And if you have aspirations for buying in London and aren’t rolling in money, you may be out of luck. In a January 2016 story… More


When It’s Time to Replace Your Car But You’re Cash-Strapped and Credit-Poor

Even the most solidly built and best-maintained car will eventually wear out, and the day will come when you need to replace yours. Maybe that time is quickly arriving for you, and you’re in a panic, wondering just how you’re going to pay for your next set of wheels. Or perhaps you’re thinking of buying… More


The Highs and Lows of Rock-Bottom Interest Rates

In early August 2016, the Bank of England finally made the announcement that had long been predicted and had been the topic of nearly endless speculation: a cut in interest rates to a new record low of 25 percent. Not surprisingly this decrease is generally considered to be good for borrowers (particularly those who have… More


Rising Consumer Debt and Easier Mortgages: Is it Déjà vu?

In the years since the financial crisis, there have been numerous changes in the banking and mortgage industries in the UK, presumably to lessen the risk of another similar catastrophe. But certain alarming financial trends, such as a surge in consumer debt over the past few years, have prompted many to wonder if we’re headed… More


Will Brexit Make or Break You Financially?

Now that all of the screaming and hollering about Brexit has quieted down somewhat… well actually it hasn’t. There’s still quite a lot of shouting going on, for the vote on 23 June was not an end but rather a beginning of a new era of uncertainty (and that’s putting it mildly). The plummeting pound… More


Shakespeare Notwithstanding, Stigmatising Debt Helps Neither Borrower Nor Lender

William Shakespeare had some pretty pithy things to say about money and debt. Do his words hold up in today’s economic climate? And how do modern attitudes towards money and indebtedness affect the way people handle their personal finances? The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (the exact day being May 3,… More



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