Consumers borrowed £6.6 billion to fund Christmas 2019 – an average of £435 each of those who borrowed – according to new research from TSB, despite over half (58%) who said they wanted to borrow less over the course of the year. A fifth (21%) say they overspent in 2019 and nearly three in ten…

One in three consumers expects to retire with an average debt of £17,460 this year according to new research by Key. The research has found that the debt will take three-and-a-half years to clear. Initial findings from this work suggest that the ‘Retirement Class of 2020’ faces significant debt challenges with more than one in…

Provident Financial says its credit card business, Vanquis Bank, performed “modestly above expectations” in the fourth quarter, adding that it expects to report full-year results in line with market expectations. The company also said that its consumer credit division also had delivered results in line with its plans. Consistent with the group’s strategy set out…

Latest data from UK Finance has shown an increase in remortgaging in November 2019. The figures show that there were 18,610 new remortgages with additional borrowing in November 2019, 5.7 per cent more than in the same month in 2018. For these remortgages, the average additional amount borrowed in November was £51,470. There were 18,470…

Santander has become the latest bank to introduce a single debit interest rate (EAR) of 39.9% for arranged overdraft borrowing – customers will pay 9p per day per £100 borrowed, in addition, all unarranged overdraft charges and paid / unpaid item fees will be removed meaning that  86% (six out of seven) of Santander customers…

New data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, has revealed that spending on essentials declined 0.9 per cent in December, with supermarkets contracting by 0.9 per cent compared with December 2018. Petrol expenditure also fell by 0.5 per cent. Many retailers also continued to see contractions in…

New statistics from Comparethemarket.com have revealed the financial consequences of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ schemes. The survey of over 2,000 UK adults indicates that over two million UK adults who have used ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ schemes (BNPL) have had their credit scores damaged by using these payment schemes, as national levels of consumer debt continue…

Consumer Credit Solutions (CCS) has announced the appointment of Colin Macpherson as Business Development Manager.  He has taken on account management responsibility for home improvement retailers across Scotland. Macpherson has over 40 years’ experience in consumer finance, working mainly for American-owned UK banks specialising in unsecured point-of-sale credit.  More recently Macpherson has gained experience in…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Bank of England (Bank) have outlined their plans to develop their data and analytics capabilities. Both authorities depend on access to high-quality data to fulfil their respective missions of maintaining monetary and financial stability, market integrity, effective competition and consumer protection. The FCA’s refreshed Data Strategy sets out a transformation…

The Government has welcomed an independent review that recommends changes to the Loan Charge, while also confirming that it was a ‘necessary’ response to the tax avoidance schemes it was designed to tackle. The Review, led by Sir Amyas Morse, was commissioned to look at the impact of the charge, which was introduced to tackle…

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