Money Alert: Students not so clever when it comes to their money

Students may be not so clever when it comes to their money. More than 1.6 million of them lack confidence in their understanding of personal finance, according to a new study.

Bargain Hunter: You can still have an adventure if you holiday at home with Jurys Inn

Hotel chain Jurys Inn is targeting "stay-cationers" with a range of deals starting at £105 for a family of four.

Mark Dampier: Gold lacks its old glister but it may still be a shining opportunity

BlackRock Gold & General Funds sitting in the IMA Specialist sector are perhaps some of the most volatile.

Simon Read: The meter is running for energy giants

Gas and electricity suppliers are out of control and that's official! Well that's the conclusion I've drawn from the fact that Ofgem referred the energy industry to the Competition and Markets Authority for a full investigation on Thursday.

Questions of Cash: PPI compensation claim and the cheque I couldn't cash

Q. I'm writing about the compensation scheme at the insurer CPP [for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance]. My husband was sold a policy in 2004. He died in May 2013 and in August last year a letter came from CPP explaining that he may be eligible for compensation for mis-selling.

Donald MacInnes: The Bank is like a bad boyfriend? What sort of description is that?

This week's public address concerns "describing words". These are supposed to illuminate the inner workings of people or things, or, in the case of the Labour MP Pat McFadden, the Bank of England, which he "described" in particularly pejorative terms.

Five Questions On: Nisas

The new tax-free savings schemes that are replacing Isas?

Six months since its introduction, Obamacare has set market's pulse racing

As America's health reforms take effect, some firms look well placed to benefit, says Simon Read

Derek Pain: Small players could call the tune despite City contempt

Private investors, if only they bandied together, could have a dramatic influence on the stock market.

Holidaymakers warned over hidden charges when opting to pay in sterling abroad

Fresh warnings emerged this week that overseas retailers and hotels aren't playing fair.

Employees will be able to request flexible hours in drive to make workplaces family friendly

From next week employees will be able to request changes to working hours. Rob Griffin weighs up the options

Get more value for your pound on holidays

Many Britons are caught out by conversion charges they don’t anticipate

Simon Read: After its successful flotation, the struggle to gain customers' trust begins for TSB

Paul Pester seemed pretty pleased with himself yesterday. After shares in TSB were 10 times oversubscribed, the bank's boss said: "It shows there is real appetite for a different kind of bank – a high street bank, not a Wall Street bank – which is focused on customer service.

Simon Read: Things can go wrong. Often, for the energy Big Six

Now the warmer weather is here, it feels a bit odd to be complaining about energy suppliers. But just because you and I may feel less concerned about heating costs for the next few months, doesn't mean that your energy company isn't still cocking things up.

E2Energy's wind-turbine scheme offers green investors 7.5 per cent a year

If you're fed up with paltry returns on your savings and are interested in green energy, a new loan-based crowdfund launched this week could be a better home for your cash.

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'The Lego Movie' has been one of the box office hits of 2014
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Sir Michael Parkinson, and other well-known people, should think twice before fronting ads for financial products
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BA travel rewards are taxiing down the runway
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TSB boss Paul Pester wants to take on the high street giants and 'help create thriving local communities all across Britain'
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Sony is hoping to attract fans of Wimbledon with its offer
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Look before you leap: a travel policy may not pay out if the customer 'hasn’t been very careful' in terms of, say, adventure or alcohol
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Nearly time for kick off: Young Brazil fans playing football on the outskirts of Sao Paulo
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Advance bookings direct with rail companies offers huge savings
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Chuka Umunna, the shadow, Business Secretary, is backing constituency members who are in dispute with a landlord Charlie Forgham-Bailey
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As travel takes off for the World Cup, some airport car parking spots are on offer at reduced rates
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Campaigners protest in March against the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and the erosion in legal aid
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Signature approach: Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is applying his business model to online property transactions and opening another front against traditional estate agents
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Banking on social networks: Facebook is entering a market that is said by consumer groups to be long overdue for a shake-up
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