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4 major lifestyle trends for 2019

Some of the hottest lifestyle trends for 2019 are related to physical health, environmental awareness and convenient shopping.

5 ways to avoid unnecessary financial risks

While there are several reasons that taking some financial risks are a good thing, there are other times that you want to make sure you have a secure hold of your finances.

Confidence in UK economy at eleven month low

Confidence in the UK’s economy (36%) fell to its lowest level since January 2018, figures from the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report has shown.

A high spending Christmas – but what else lies in store for SMEs in the business?

The UK’s retail sector has endured a turbulent 2018, with an average of 14 shops having closed every single day during the last 12 months.

7 tips to gain your financial independence

Having financial independence should be the end goal for anyone at the end of their working life, but that's harder to achieve for some than others.

What would you buy if you won £1 million?

Realistically, any one person’s likelihood of winning £1 million is close to zero. It may occasionally happen for the lucky few, but that’s about it.

Brits out of touch when it comes to cost of everyday goods

The average Brit is out of touch about the price of everyday goods, indicating a worrying disconnect when it comes to budgeting and finances.

Brits to spend £2.2 billion on jolly holidays over Christmas period

Brits will spend a bumper £2.2 billion on Christmas holidays this year, with one in seven (13%) going away over the festive season, according to new research from American Express.

Changing the way we pay - contactless celebrates its 10th year

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the UK’s launch of contactless technology, UK Finance has published the latest usage figures.

Consumers’ inflation concerns reached 43-month high over the summer

Inflation worries have reached their highest level since January 2014 as consumers continue to feel the impact of rising prices and sluggish wage growth, according the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report.

2017 wedding season to cost guests £27.5 billion

As the 2017 wedding season gets underway, new research from American Express reveals that nearly a third (31%) of Brits will attend at least one wedding this year, spending an average of £432.

Parents contribute over £1,480 a year to their adult children’s living expenses

The financial pressure put upon young people by the rising cost of living means that many are turning to their parents for help, receiving an average of £123.60 a month (£1,483.20 a year) to help towards their expenses.

2017 planning: how to keep on top of your finances

2017 planning: how to keep on top of your finances

When many of us decide on our New Year resolutions, managing our money better is often a major focus – and why shouldn’t it be?

Brits set to spend £1,500 each to have themselves ‘a wonderful Christmas time’

With stockings to fill, turkeys to stuff and seasonal breaks to be had, Brits intend to spend nearly £1,500 (£1,484) each this festive season.

A cut in VAT could plough billions into UK businesses

Research from commercial insurer NFU Mutual has found that two thirds of consumers would increase spending if a reduction in VAT is announced in the Autumn Statement.