As the big banks reputations suffer, smaller, and more ethical, institutions are attracting new customers

Best bets to wave goodbye to the greedy banks

You don't have to put up with high street banking if you are dissatisfied, with plenty of options on offer

House prices post first monthly rise for two years

House prices have climbed over the month for the first time in almost two years.

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.

Spotlight On: Derbyshire BS personal loan

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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

House prices fell by 0.6 per cent in August, according to Nationwide Building Society, wiping out the 0.3 per cent gain identified by the mortgage lender in July. The average UK house now costs £165,914.

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.

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.

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: 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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee