New figures released show that banking industry initiatives are successfully keeping the fraudsters away from customers' cards and bank accounts. Fraud losses on UK cards, cheques and online banking all fell in 2010 compared with 2009.
HSBC Bank is sending all personal internet banking customers a new device which will add an extra layer of security when accessing their accounts online.
From Tuesday 1st February, the Online Saver account will pay 2.7% gross AER, and the Easy Saver account will pay 2.5% gross AER.
Barclays has released the new lexicon of financial terminology that is changing traditional banking terms.
Newcastle Building Society (NBS) has launched an Easy Access Online Saver that pays a variable rate of 2.70% (Gross/AER) annually, making it one of the best internet-based accounts.
Triodos Bank, the bank that brings together people who believe in a better world with the organisations making it a reality, has launched the Online Saver Plus easy access account paying a competitive 2%.
Online and 24-hour telephone bank, first direct, has become the first UK bank to launch a true transactional, Banking 'on the go' App for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.
With many retailers warning of late deliveries due to the snow, and many more not accepting new Christmas orders, nearly eight million UK adults say the arctic snap has made them more likely to send cash to avoid loved ones being disappointed on Christmas Day, according to a survey this week from the Payments Council.
Leeds Building Society has introduced an easy access online account paying a rate of 2.55%. Furthermore, the online account also allows unlimited withdrawals at any time, without notice or penalty. This account is open to new and existing customers.
Sainsbury's Finance has announced the launch of a new Online Saver account (available from 1st December) paying an attractive rate of 2.5% Gross AER (variable). The account can be opened and managed online.
MBNA has launched a new and improved online banking service through its website mbna.co.uk. The new facility, renamed Online Card Services, has been developed following feedback from customers to include a new service which provides step-by-step guidance on how to get the most from online banking and clearer, more concise content.
The Post Office has increased the interest rate for its Online Saver account to 2.90% AER, putting it straight to the top of the Best Buy tables for easy access accounts. It has also launched a new issue of its one year Online Bond paying a Best Buy rate of 3.00% AER. Both deals are available immediately.
Three quarters of all British adults are now multitasking on their mobile phones, leading them to place a higher value on their mobile than it originally cost them, according to new research from Lloyds TSB.
Following a successful pilot of its new online savings account, MySave Online Plus, Nationwide Building Society will increase the bonus for customers making no more than one withdrawal a year, to 1.10% gross p.a., bringing the overall rate paid, including bonus, to 2.60% gross p.a./2.63% AER (variable).
This week Barclays bank managers will swap their seat in a branch for a seat under a branch as they take to park benches for a series of Barclays mobile banking clinics.
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