Online research from Equifax has revealed the lack of awareness of banking options among consumers. When presented with a list of digital banks 60% hadn’t heard of any of the brands and only 20% would opt for a challenger bank if opening a new account today. The survey, conducted with Gorkana, showed 44% of consumers…

British lenders expect consumer borrowing to pick up in the third quarter, according to the Bank of England’s latest credit conditions survey. The report found “a significant increase in default rates on credit card loans” between April and June this year, indicating that consumer budgets could be coming under pressure. The Bank of England is…

UK Finance has released its Mortgage Trends update for May. Highlights from the report include: There were 32,200 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in the month, some 8.1 per cent more than in the same month a year earlier. The £5.4bn of new lending in the month was 12.5 per cent more year-on-year. The average…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has called for considerate use of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in financial services. The FCA is urging firms to use the technologies in a way that is not detrimental to customers’ trust. Speaking at a Reuters event earlier in the week, Charles Randell, FCA payment systems…

A new survey from Aegon shows that 14% of people think they will still be paying their mortgage at age 70. The research says that traditionally, mortgages were paid off well before typical retirement ages but new research from pension and investment company Aegon has found that 14% of people believe they will still be…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market grew 15% by value and 10% by volume in May, compared with the same month in 2017. The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the…

Latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) have shown that there is modest growth in second charge mortgage volumes in May. Commenting on the May 2018 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said“The May figures…

Latest figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business in May grew by 11%, compared with the same month last year. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 11% in May, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 8%. Second charge mortgage…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published a joint discussion paper on an approach to improve the operational resilience of firms and financial market infrastructures. The paper follows the payments chaos which followed a hardware failure at Visa that hit millions of transactions across Europe in June,…

New research by credit experts TotallyMoney suggests consumers will pay an estimated £23.8 million solely on interest and transaction fees from using credit cards to gamble on 2018’s World Cup. Credit card payments used for gambling are treated by lenders as a cash advance. This usually means the borrower is charged a transaction fee, a…

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