Consuming Issues: Stop moaning about your bank - just go somewhere else

Capitalism is an undemocratic system. Unlike democracy, some have more "votes" than others, because they own more shares in an institution, or because they have more to spend on certain things in certain places. Still, we consumers have more power than we might realise. Without us there would be no companies. Or indeed banks, to bring me to my point. For if you are really, really upset about the bonuses the banks are paying to their traders and managers – £6bn in all – then my suggestion is to do something about beyond whinging. And that something is to move your account. Put at its simplest; if you don't like the £9m Barclays is paying to its boss Bob Diamond, say, then you can always boycott Barclays.

House prices continue to fall, says Nationwide

House prices started 2011 as they finished 2010, according to the latest figures published by the Nationwide Building Society.

House Doctor: 'Will adding an extension help us find a buyer for our house?'

Question: We put our house on the market in mid-2010 for £175,000-ish but got absolutely nowhere, although plenty viewed and said they liked it.

David Prosser: How best to measure house prices

Outlook There will be plenty of people who feel that Britain needs another house price index like it needs a fresh round of snowfall. Jill Matheson, the National Statistician,disagrees: yesterday she called for the launch of an official index measuring house price changes across the UK.

David Prosser: The biggest house price falls are now behind us

Outlook While revealing there was another small fall in house prices last month, the Nationwide Building Society pointed out yesterday that it has now been exactly three years since the market peaked. To mark that anniversary, Nationwide plotted some charts to compare this downturn with the last significant correction in the early Nineties.

Business Diary: Please don't leave, begs HSBC

HSBC clearly doesn't appear have much regard for the work ethic of the City's banking analysts, or journalists for that matter. Concerned that its announcement of senior management changes, made quite late in the day on Friday, might be missed by those cutting off early for the weekend, it felt obliged to make an early announcement that a statement would be forthcoming. But even that didn't hit analysts' screens until 5.17pm, so the less committed may still have missed it.

Consuming Issues: Tips for cutting £50 a month off your food bill

For millions of people, grocery shopping is about to get tougher. Food inflation is rising, up a record 1 per cent in July, and a further 0.1 per cent last month, fuelled by soaring wheat prices.

David Prosser: The downside of the digital age

Outlook The joys of accountability in the modern age. After Nationwide Building Society announced some not altogether popular changes to its current account a few weeks ago, Graham Beale, the mutual's chief executive, found his personal email inbox deluged by messages from complaining customers. The society promptly changed its system, providing a general account for customers to complain to, while Mr Beale got a new personal address that he presumably hoped would be a little less busy.

David Prosser: Banking reform that cannot be delivered

Outlook While we're on the subject of hospital passes from the Treasury, it's hard not to feel some sympathy for Sir John Vickers, soldiering on at the government-appointed Independent Commission on Banking. His report isn't due for another 12 months, which means he has to endure a whole year of pretending to consider whether retail and investment banking should be split asunder.

House prices slip again as market faces stagnation

House prices are "stagnating" and seem likely to fall over the next few months, according to the Nationwide building society.

House prices slip further as sellers return

House prices have fallen for the second month running, Britain's leading property website said today, and the decline appears to be accelerating.

Confidence falters among consumers

British consumers are growing increasingly worried about the future, a poll suggests today.

House prices fall amid shortage of buyers

A shortage of buyers sent house prices falling in July for the first time since February, figures showed today.

Nationwide not renewing England sponsorship

Nationwide Building Society have confirmed they will not be renewing their sponsorship of the England team.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most