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Following the Bank of England Base Rate increase to 0.5%, first direct has carried out a review and has increased the rate on some of its savings accounts. Although first direct’s savings rates are not directly linked to the base rate, it’s one of the factors we take into consideration when reviewing our savings range.


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Thursday 11 December 2014 first direct has launched a free mobile savings app, ‘Saveapp’, to help consumers resist the temptations of small everyday spends and Saveapp towards their bigger savings goals. Free-to-download from the App Store from today...


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YouGov survey reveals the unexpected cost of Christmas takes total spend to £1,400 The average British household will splash out an additional £650 this Christmas to cover the unexpected cost of the 12 days following Christmas Day, a report published by first direct reveals.


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Almost a quarter would be happy with a £50k windfall Paying off debts more important than flashing the cash But 60% of women would use new-found wealth to change looks Despite the lure of multi-million pound National Lottery and Euromillions payouts, most Brits have more modest targets when it comes to a life-changing cash windfall, new research reveals.


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   Financial ambitions reduced since recession -   Most just searching for ‘simple security’ Almost half of all Brits admit their biggest financial goal is simply to have enough money to pay their bills every month, according to a new survey published today.


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Recent research* by first direct has found that 25 per cent of UK adults own stocks and shares, however only 14 per cent have used their tax free** Stocks and Shares ISA allowance.  When asked why they weren't using their Stocks and Shares ISA allowance 14 per cent said they didn't understand how they worked...


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For savings balances of £50,000: 45% tax payers could be £996 better off in just one year with an offset versus an instant access savings account* 40% tax payers could be £969 better off in just one year with an offset versus an instant access savings account* 20% tax payers could be £860 better off in just one year with an offset versus an instant...


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The end of the tax year is fast approaching and as everyone rushes to maximise their tax free savings first direct has compiled some tips to help negotiate the tricky waters.   Get a grip on your finances - work out how much you have in savings, what rate of interest you're receiving and whether you're taking advantage of you tax free subscription.


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Nearly two thirds have never switched their ISA provider  Research carried out on behalf of first direct has found that 62 per cent* of the UK population with an ISA have never transferred it to another provider.   The average pot for each UK ISA holder will reach over £10,000** by the end of the 2012/2013 tax year.


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On Thursday 7 March 2013 fia.h direct re-introduced its Regular Saver account at a market leading rate of 6% AER.  The regular deposit savings account will continue to allow fia.h direct customers to deposit between £25 and £300 each month for the term of the account.  Andy Forbes...


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