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26 Mar, 2013, 08:30 GMT Top Rate Tax Payers get Over 3 Times more from their Savings with an Offset Mortgage

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*...


15 Mar, 2013, 08:30 GMT first direct Launches 3 Best in Class Mortgages

2.49% 3 year fixed rate repayment mortgage - £1,499 fee 2.64% 5 year fixed rate repayment mortgage - £1,399 fee 2.38% tracker repayment mortgage with ...


18 Feb, 2013, 09:00 GMT Up to 1.5 Million Regretted Not Buying Their Home in 2012

According to research by first direct 3.6% of UK adults, equivalent to over 1.5 million people, said their biggest financial regret of 2012 was not...


11 Feb, 2013, 13:02 GMT first direct Launches Lowest Ever 5 Year Fixed Rate

- 2.69% Fixed for 5 Years first direct, recent winner of the Consumer Moneyfacts Remortgage Buyers' Choice award, today launches a market leading...


14 Jan, 2013, 09:00 GMT first direct Wins Best Overall Provider in the MoneySupermarket 'Supers' Awards

MoneySupermarket recognises the best banks and building societies in 2012 MoneySupermarket, the UK's number one comparison website, today announced...


01 Nov, 2012, 14:07 GMT Britain's Social Media Users are a Voyeuristic Bunch

According to a recent survey by first direct Britain's social media users are more voyeurs than active participants when it comes to social media....


03 Sep, 2012, 08:59 BST 7 in 10 Brits Make Trade-offs in Everyday Decisions to Get Better Value

As personal finances are squeezed across the country, new research from first direct bank reveals the financial balancing act smart Brits are...


01 Aug, 2012, 07:58 BST An Extra 1.3 Million Brits Will Pay 40% Tax by 2014, but With an Offset Mortgage They Could Save £36,600

There's a hint of good news on the horizon for the extra 1.3m people who will pay 40% income tax by 2014. first direct has calculated that they could ...


22 Jun, 2012, 13:01 BST first direct Named Best Financial Services Provider by Which? - Again!

first direct has been named Best Financial Services Provider by Which? for the third year in a row. The awards publicly recognise and celebrate the...


11 Jun, 2012, 16:33 BST Wedding Gifts Cost Brits an Extra £129m per Year

While organising weddings may be expensive, it is not just the happy couple who have to fork out for their nuptials. As we approach the wedding...


25 Apr, 2012, 14:45 BST Don't Weep Over Your Willow

Thirsty trees likely to cause insurance headache as the drought takes grip As the Environmental Agency extends its "drought map" into the Midlands...


11 Feb, 2012, 07:30 GMT It's the Thought That Counts - Top Tips to Cut the Cost of Valentine's Day

According to MoneySupermarket.com the average loved up couple spends nearly £135[1] on Valentine's Day each year and often on items that their...


30 Jan, 2012, 12:48 GMT Twice as Many Mortgage Holders Save Rather Than Pay Down Their Debt

Despite recent research showing that overpaying on a mortgage offers better longer term rewards than saving, twice as many mortgage holders save...