Court ruling blow for credit-card claimants

More than 100,000 claims by credit-card debtors that their contracts were unenforceable – because of a loophole in the Consumer Credit Act – have been put on hold pending settlement of a handful of selected test cases.

Consumer rights: I might not be able to pay my mortgage

How to avoid getting into arrears / Making payments to an elderly parent without incurring tax / Can Ryanair get away with charging for debit cards?

Bank of England predicts lending thaw

The Bank of England is seeing the first tentative signs that lending conditions should ease for hard-pressed businesses and homebuyers over the next few months, it said yesterday, but only at a price.

Need to get your hands on some cash in a hurry? Then pawnbrokers should be a last resort

Trying to get hold of cash quickly is increasingly difficult these days – as the credit crunch has ensured that new mortgages, loans and credit cards are much harder to come by.

Blame Brown: Revenge of the whistleblower

A former HBOS executive says he has documents that prove the Prime Minister must take responsibility for the mess in the markets

Buyers can drive away a bargain – or find they're on a highway to hell

Plunging prices are tempting motorists to auction rooms. But there are pitfalls for the unwary, finds Julian Knight

Resolution bucks the trend with £600m capital raising

Cowdery's acquisition vehicle targets life insurance

London Scottish Bank put into administration

Specialist financial services group London Scottish Bank said today that it had gone into administration.

Credit-card lenders ease pressure on borrowers

Credit-card lenders have agreed to ease pressure on struggling customers after a marathon meeting with the Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, yesterday.

Feeling the crunch? Pawnbroker offers a discreet solution

But there are less drastic ways to raise fast cash. Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight report

Adrian Hamilton: Brown's new role as the 'Supermac' of global finance

The Prime Minister is pushing barren remedies for the world's woes

Mortgage approvals rise

Mortgage approvals rose last month for the first time in over a year but analysts said there was little prospect of a housing recovery.

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