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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Homeowners are urged to overpay their mortgage while interest rates are still low

Low interest rates are encouraging borrowers to clear their home loan, but more should do so, says Simon Read

More than £9 billion mortgage overpayments made every year

Gross mortgage lending shows strongest performance in five years

Money Insider: Don't delay... make the switch and cash in with a new bank account

While we transfer our credit card balance without a second thought and shop around for a new mortgage deal each time our fixed rate expires, switching our bank account still seems to be seen as too much hassle.

Manchester United have been named the most influential football brand, pipping Liverpool to lead the way

Manchester United beat Liverpool to be named the most influential football club brand in the world

Both clubs feature in the top five of the most influential sporting brands which is headed by the London 2012 Olympic Games

More than 2,000 people have put in offers on homes during the first month of the Help to Buy scheme

More than 2,000 use Help to Buy mortgage scheme

More than 2,000 people have put in offers on homes during the first month of the Help to Buy scheme, under which the taxpayer guarantees up to 15 per cent of mortgages, David Cameron will say today.

A 2 bedroom flat to rent in Skeldergate, York YO1, on with Mudd and Co for £1,200 pcm (£277 pw)

Renting out spare rooms earns homeowners more than £3 billion a year

1.7 million in the UK now rent out their spare rooms, claims new report

House prices reached new high in August as property market recovery gathers pace

House prices reached a new high in August as the property market recovery gathered pace, official figures have shown.

Crack down on overdraft charges, campaigners urge

A campaign has been launched today urging the Government to crack down on all forms of credit and stop banks and plastic card companies – not just payday lenders – ripping off borrowers with excessive charges.

Five Questions About: Help to buy

Is this the government's housing market boost?

Motorists' friend? George Osborne at a car factory in Derby last week

To offshore or not to offshore? That is the question

Some motor industry firms are scaling back offshore production, but 'onshoring' may not have the last laugh

Money Insider: Help to Buy might help in the polls, but for buyers…

David Cameron's party conference bombshell was to announce that the latest stage of the Help to Buy scheme will start three months earlier than the original 1 January launch date.

Britain's major banks warned of cyber attack threat amid concerns over 'vulnerabilities'

Banking sector is particularly at risk due to old and complex IT systems

Five Questions About: Reward schemes

Are there some new reward schemes?

The Business Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

Santander vows to help business

New rules have banks offering incentives to move accounts

A price war among the big high street banks is in the offing as new rules meant to speed up current account transfers come into force today.

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