Monthly Archives: April 2012

AA drives a hard bargain over cost of courtesy vehicle

I was given a hire car after my vehicle was hit but the other driver’s insurer has not paid for it. The AA says I could be liable My car was parked outside my home when another car hit it. … Continue reading

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Equiniti won’t address returned mail problem

What can I do to stop the share registrar sending letters to a previous occupant who moved out over a decade ago? For the 12 years I have lived at my current address I have been receiving correspondence from the … Continue reading

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Buying British: how to spend our way out of recession

From British designers to English apples, patriotic purchasing can help take the sting out of the recession The news that Britain has dropped into its first double-dip recession since the 1970s, makes us want to batten down the hatches. But … Continue reading

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How to invest in China

There are many different ways to invest from oil and commodities to buying shares How can you grab a share of the money to be made in the world’s fastest-growing economy? In recent years, Chinese stocks have disappointed, with mainland … Continue reading

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External auditor: ‘Nobody at a bank can have a complete overview any more’ | Joris Luyendijk

Are banks’ accounts too complex to oversee? An external auditor talks to Joris Luyendijk about understanding true risks • This monologue is part of a series in which people across the financial sector speak about their working lives We are … Continue reading

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China: is it a big bubble about to burst?

So who is right: the lone voice warning that the miracle growth is over, or others who claim this shows a deep misunderstanding of the country? Diana Choyleva is the bear in the China shop. The analyst from Lombard Street … Continue reading

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‘Shwopping’? An ugly word for a dubious enterprise

Why is Joanna Lumley endorsing M&S’s campaign to make us consume more? This week, with the help of national treasure Joanna Lumley, Marks & Spencer launched its Shwopping campaign. The idea is to encourage people to bring old garments into … Continue reading

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Claire Squires Samaritans fundraising page raises more than £1m

Just Giving site of hairdresser who died while running London marathon receives thousands of donations and tributes The charity fundraising web page set up by Claire Squires, who collapsed and died while running the London marathon last weekend, has raised … Continue reading

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Pensions regulator extends shortfall deadline

Around 300 firms will be given more time to replenish the shortfalls caused by low interest rates and volatile stock markets The pensions regulator will relax the rules governing approximately 300 final salary retirement schemes to give them more time … Continue reading

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Debt collection agencies are tracking down £60bn

First published figures reveal government is making increasing use of outsourced debt collection Almost £60bn of unpaid consumer debt had been passed to debt collection agencies by the end of 2011, with government departments increasingly using agencies to recover outstanding … Continue reading

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