Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds have become the first major banks to review overdraft charges, as it aims to help customers struggling financially through the coronavirus crisis. Barclays will waive overdraft charges for a fixed period while Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC are increasing fee-free overdraft buffers to £300. Barclays account holders will have any interest…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that FLA members provided £11.1 billion of new business in January 2020, 2% higher than in the same month in 2019. Growth was driven by the consumer finance sector which reported new business up by 4% compared with January 2019.  It was a…

The latest quarterly Moneyfacts UK Credit Card Trends Treasury Report, which studies the UK personal finance market (unsecured personal loans, credit cards and overdrafts), highlights that average unsecured personal loan rates have increased, with the lower tiers particularly impacted over the last quarter. In the past quarter, tiers to have seen average rates rise include…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new guidance for mortgage lenders and administrators and small business lenders. This supports the announcements made by the Chancellor earlier this week. The new mortgage guidance makes clear that firms should grant customers a payment holiday for an initial period of 3 months, where they may experience payment…

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%. Interest rates are now at the lowest…

The government has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to support a greater number of British businesses and individuals as the coronavirus outbreak causes major economic disruption. In an announcement Chancellor Rishi Sunak said government would “stand behind businesses small and large”, pledging government-backed and guaranteed loans “to get through this” as he announced the…

Lender, Together has announced the appointment of Clare Sadler as Field Underwriting Specialist. Sadler is underwriting professional with more than 20 years industry experience has joined specialist lender Together as it expands its broker relationship team.  Sadler started her new role this month as the company boosts its capability to support brokers. In the last…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published information for firms on Coronavirus (Covid-19) In a statement, The FCA said that it stands ready to take any steps necessary to ensure customers are protected and markets continue to function well. We are working closely with the Government, the Bank of England, the Payment Systems Regulator and…

New research from TransUnion has revealed that the gap between traditional high street banks and digital challengers is rapidly closing. According to TransUnion’s latest Consumer Credit 2020 report, digital-only banks are only 3% behind their high street counterparts when it comes to consumer intent for current account applications. 10% of consumers said they plan on…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has released its latest research into mortgage switching and how consumers can be encouraged to seek out better deals. The FCA says that they believe there is a case for intervening to help mortgage customers who do not switch.  The research found the factors that contribute to the decision not…

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