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March figures show first rise for two years

House prices climbed by 0.2 per cent last month – the first rise in nearly two years.

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Money Insider: Investec doubles up with rates that track best buys

It's been a hectic week on the savings front, with much of the activity in the ISA sector. However, away from the jostling in the tax-free best buy tables, there was an eye-catching return to the savings arena from Investec Bank.

Bank overdraft charges are 'too complex'

If you go into the red, it’s almost impossible to work out how much it will cost you. Consumer group Which? put that to the test and asked volunteers – including a maths PHD student – to calculate the charges of an unauthorised overdraft for four different banks.

House price gains reversed

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Money Insider: Don't dismiss peer-to-peer options for personal loans

Even though the base rate has been stuck fast at 0.5 per cent for the past 27 months, the interest rate charged by banks and building societies for personal loans is at the highest level for over a decade.

Business Diary: New money not welcome here?

Money can buy you many things, but not the welcoming embrace of polite New York society it would seem. Lisa Falcone, wife of the hedge fund mogul Philip Falcone, is less than impressed with the treatment her husband receives in the City.

Money insider: Interest-free credit cards at a record high

With the British economy still in a fragile state and government spending cuts yet to bite, you probably wouldn't be the only one to expect that credit card providers would be adopting a cautious strategy to avoid getting their fingers burned again by bad debts and write-offs.

Money Insider: Mutuals still have a vital role to play

The building society landscape may have changed dramatically over the last 25 years due to mergers and takeovers, but even though the number of mutuals and the size of the overall branch network may have shrunk, it still has plenty to offer.

Money Insider: Changing banks is not like switching energy providers

I was surprised to learn that there is a lack of choice and competition in the retail banking sector, according to the latest findings of the Treasury Committee.

David Prosser: FSA's windfall comes from fines on banks

Outlook Many in the financial-services sector will welcome the announcement yesterday from their regulator that this year's compensation fund levy will be a little lower than previously expected. But the explanation for the smaller bill is pretty miserable: the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has imposed so many swingeing fines on the industry it polices that its coffers are flowing over.

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