The popularity of contactless payments, online shopping and smartphones is having a significant effect on how we manage our money and pay for things, leading to debit cards overtaking cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK, according to the latest research from UK Finance. The latest UK Payment Markets report shows…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for June 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.539 trillion at the end of April 2018. This is up from £1.535 trillion at the end of April 2017– an extra £949.30 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business in April grew by 22%, compared with the same month last year. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 21% compared with April 2017, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 11%. Second…

A new Open Banking Expo is set to be launched which aims to bring together a cross-section of the UK’s brightest minds to put the second payment services directive (PSD2) under the spotlight and encourage financial services – and other industry sectors – to embrace the new legislation in order to drive product innovation and…

Visa has announced that it has resolved the technical payment issues experienced by customers last week. In a statement, the company said  Our network is working normally. If you attempted a Visa transaction that did not complete as a result of this issue, you should not be charged. A small number of cardholders may have…

Following the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announcement on reform rent to own and overdraft reforms, industry figures have reacted on the news. Eric Leenders, Managing Director, Personal Finance at UK Finance said “People up and down the country use credit as a helpful means of managing their everyday spending, so we have been working closely…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced new proposals designed to protect millions of people who use overdrafts and high-cost credit. The changes the FCA are consulting on follow an in-depth review into the high-cost credit market and are expected to reduce the costs for consumers and give them greater control over their finances. These…

Latest figures from the Financial Ombudsman (FOS) show that complaints about borrowing – ranging from store cards to payday loans – have risen by 40% in the past year. Concerns have been raised about lenders’ treatment of customers with high-cost loans. Excluding complaints about payment protection insurance, almost one in four complaints to the ombudsman…

Computershare Loan Services has announced that it will continue to administer 45,000 Bradford & Bingley mortgages transferring from UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) to an investor group led by Barclays Bank. UKAR recently announced the sale of two portfolios of buy-to-let and residential owner-occupied mortgages to the investment group. Computershare Loan Services was appointed by UKAR…

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