Banks

Savings accounts deliver little return for the majority

It has been estimated that the majority of savings accounts are failing to provide savers with a genuine return on their money.

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Call to reform stamp duty

Stamp duty needs to be restructured if the housing market is to recover across the whole country, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

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Firms finding it harder than ever to secure finance

Increasing numbers of small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to access the finance they need in order to grow.

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Savings accounts squeezed on interest rates

One in ten of variable rate savings accounts have seen their interest rates cut over the past six months.

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Business lending sees significant drop

New figures have indicated that bank lending to smaller firms has fallen.

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Fixed-term savings rates show a fall

Interest rates on fixed savings accounts declined over the past month, new figures have revealed.

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Lending service could help smaller firms

The banks have been urged to engage with a special intermediary lending service aimed at securing the flow of credit to viable small businesses.

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Business lending offers signs of improvement

The Bank of England has said that more money is being made available for business borrowing.

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Small businesses forecasting recovery

Almost a half of small firms are anticipating an upturn in sales during the next year, a business group has claimed.

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