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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Sowing The Seeds Of The Next Housing Bubble

13 September 2011  |  4091 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Here in the UK, mortgage providers are already sowing the seeds of the next housing bubble. I read in this weekend’s Telegraph about a product innovation that is ‘designed to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder’. Expecting to read about how house prices would continue to fall to affordable levels, and thus enable people to actually ...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Charging for Use of ATMs

24 August 2011  |  4822 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

I think the move to charging certain people for use of other banks' ATMs is deplorable - and we have been here before, only to see it dropped. Some of us remember that the introduction of ATMs was driven not only by customer convenience, but also by cost cutting initiatives. It was deemed cheaper to dispense by machine than it was to do so over th...

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Card Glitch Shows Why Cash and Cheques Should Stay

24 August 2010  |  4748 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

The problem that Barclays had last weekend shows why it is that cash and cheques should stay for the foreseeable future. At least the handing over of pieces of paper and coinage isn't hit by a system...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Car Insurance Technology Not Joined Up

15 July 2010  |  4766 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I'd love someone to explain why it seems impossible these days to get any degree of consistency from organisations, especially when they have so much computing power available to them. I recently got ...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

The Death of the Meeting: I Blame Technology

24 June 2010  |  4944 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

It was in a meeting the other day that I finally realised that I am getting old. As I made my weary way home, I mused on this sudden insight and found myself reminiscing about the old days, when meet...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Card Payment Charges: Not the Rip-Off the BRC Thinks

18 June 2010  |  4681 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

What a joke. Does the BRC really believe that any transfer of profits from the banks to the retail community will be passed on to customers, as they claim in their latest attack on the banks’ charg

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Credit Cards: Cashback RIP

15 June 2010  |  4177 views  |  2  |  Recommends 0

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for cashback on credit cards? I recently received a letter from my credit card provider, advising that in future I will need double the points to obtain the...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Beating Nationwide's Over the Counter Ban

13 April 2010  |  4653 views  |  2  |  Recommends 0

Brilliant initiative from Nationwide, to restrict peoples' in-branch access to their own cash. It ignores those who don't want to draw £100 or more out and don't trust cash machines (like many elderl...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

The Flaw in Paperless Statements

06 April 2010  |  6336 views  |  5  |  Recommends 1

Interesting event occurred last week that highlighted a flaw in the drive towards paperless statements and invoices. So many organisations are now trying to encourage people to stop receiving paper an...

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Roger ElwellYes Please - Colchester

Abolition of Cheques - I Hope the Banks Vote 'No'

23 November 2009  |  5319 views  |  6  |  Recommends 2

If the banks vote to abolish cheques without first working through all the relevant scenarios where they are used today, I think they will be performing a huge disservice to the British public. The f...

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