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  • Secret bid to sell off HBOS: Letters reveal watchdogs' frantic efforts...

    ......to push through a disastrous takeover

    A secret series of letters has revealed watchdogs' frantic efforts to push through a disastrous takeover of HBOS bank as the financial crisis raged. Lloyds bought the tainted lender in a 2008 mega-deal but HBOS was so toxic it almost destroyed...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Why banks will share your financial secrets

    Why banks will share your financial secrets

    Your financial information, such as what you spend and where, and how often you go into debt is private. It is information only available to you and your bank. It has been like that for years, but all that is about to change. Customers of nine of the biggest UK banks have received letters and emails...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post End of mega-cheap personal loans?

    End of mega-cheap personal loans?

    Strikingly cheap high-value loans and long 0% credit card balance transfer deals could be coming to an end, an expert has suggested. Andrew Hagger, an analyst at financial consultancy Moneycomms, said that sub-3% interest loans of more than 10,000 were now very rare. The length of credit card 0% balance...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Provident Financial's Moneybarn car loan unit faces FCA probe

    Provident Financial's Moneybarn car loan unit faces FCA probe

    Shares in the troubled sub-prime lender Provident Financial have fallen by up to 18%, after the firm revealed that its car finance division is being investigated by the regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to examine the way that Moneybarn assesses car-buyers for loans. Provident Financial's...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Banks should end unplanned overdraft charges, charity says

    Banks should end unplanned overdraft charges, charity says

    Banks should end all unauthorised overdraft charges because they are trapping people in persistent debt, the financial charity StepChange has said. The organisation also wants banks and regulators to do more to identify people caught up in a "vicious cycle of borrowing".Even where customers...
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  • Lloyds, Halifax, BoS and Yorkshire BS set to shut another 62 spots

    ....and cull hundreds of jobs

    • Lloyds Banking Group to close 49 branches 'as customers switch to online and phone banking'
    • Yorkshire Building Society Group to shut 13 branches
    • Wider YBS restructuring could cost 200 jobs
    • Union condemn Lloyds decision to 'ignore its corporate social responsib
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Fraudsters pose as police to steal cash

    Fraudsters pose as police to steal cash

    Criminals are posing as police and stealing money from victims who believe they are helping an undercover investigation. UK Finance, which oversees banks' crime prevention, said that victims of the scam were losing large sums of money. These victims receive an unsolicited phone call from fraudsters...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Loan sharks 'hang around the school gates'

    Loan sharks 'hang around the school gates'

    Loan sharks have stood at school gates handing out cards to children as they leave, suggesting mums call them if they need new trainers. Illegal money lenders have also stationed themselves outside food banks, in casinos, or outside post offices to wait for pensioners. The reports come in a new review...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Credit card limits 'need control'

    Credit card limits 'need control'

    More than a million credit card users who are struggling financially have had their credit limits increased without asking, a charity has said. Such borrowing could make their financial problems worse, so Citizens Advice is calling for a ban on unsolicited increases in credit card limits.It wants Chancellor...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Old 10 note to disappear 1st March 2018

    Old 10 note to disappear 1st March 2018

    If you still have any old 10 notes, make sure you spend them before 1 March next year. The Bank of England has announced that the old paper notes, featuring naturalist Charles Darwin, will no longer be legal tender after that date.Its days have been numbered since the new polymer tenner, depicting...
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