When did you last change your bank account?
Despite the fact that the UK banking sector is one of the most competitive in the world it would appear that very few people in the UK would actively consider changing their banking arrangements to take advantage of better deals elsewhere. Surveys have shown that the vast majority of people in the UK are very happy to remain with one bank for their whole of their working life despite the fact they could be losing out on offers and deals. So why is there a reluctance to change your bank account?
The simple fact is that many people believe that changing a bank account is very complicated and will impact upon various direct debits and standing orders which they may have in place. The truth is that many banks will take it upon themselves to rearrange your standing orders and your direct debits so effectively you are highly likely to see a seamless transfer from one banking operation to another.
In reality the best deals and best offers will be available from different banking institutions at different times. However, finding one which suits you and a bank which stays relatively competitive should be enough to save you significant money on loan interest and potentially earn you more money on savings deposits.
UK government U-turn on Post Office
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Santander launches fee-free bank account
Santander, the Spanish financial giant which owns the likes of Abbey and Alliance & Leicester, has today announced plans for a fee-free bank account which will go on general release in the UK in 2010. Under the terms of the account, holders will not be charged any fees on authorised or unauthorised overdrafts although they will still incur a pre-agreed interest rate which will start at 12.9%. Even...Read More
UK banks forced to detail overdraft charges in the future
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today confirmed an arrangement with 95% of UK banks and building societies which will see overdraft charges detailed more clearly in future bank statements. This would appear to be step one in the fight to make current account more transparent and make customers aware of various scenarios which may well see them receive significant overdraft charges.
Are you making use of your online banking facilities?
As more and more of us look towards the Internet for our everyday needs it appears there are still many people who are reluctant to use the Internet for their financial affairs. While we periodically hear about various scandals and frauds on the Internet, it is easy to forget that these types of criminal activity have been commonplace off-line for many many years. However, it appears that the Inte...Read More
Lloyds Bank to withdrawal interest payments on business current accounts
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