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In 2019, Statista published data showing that 73 per cent of individuals in Great Britain regularly used online banking; a figure that's been growing every year since 2007. What can you do to stay safe? 

Women skydiving

Yuichiro Miura was 80 years old when he climbed Mount Everest in 2013. Mohr Keet was 96 years old when he undertook a bungee jump in 2010. Irene O'Shea was an incredible 101 years old when she completed a skydive in 2017.

Grandparent with grandchild

Last September, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) revealed that the overall cost of raising a child up to the age of 18 in 2019, (including rent and childcare) was £185,000 for lone parents and £151,000 for couples. 

New £20 notes in fan shape

Ahead of the launch of the new £20 note, we take a look at the security features of the polymer note and show you what you need to look for, as well as giving guidance about what to do if you think you have a counterfeit note.

Grandmother and grandson counting coins

For many, retirement can be a period of uncertainty. It's a whole new chapter so it's natural to be nervous; especially when it comes to financing that stage of life. But just how much do you really need for retirement?

A row of contemporary detatched properties on a housing estate in the UK

We all know that retirement isn't about stopping; it's a time for doing the things you longed to do, but couldn't because you were at work. But funding all these extra activities could cost more than your pensions will allow.


Holidays are an opportunity to mark a milestone like a landmark birthday or retirement, or let your hair down. When children (or grandchildren) are around, family-friendly destinations are the order of the day.

Lottery balls

Do you remember the anticipation, excitement and ticket buying fever around the first National Lottery? It was November 1994 when Noel Edmonds presented that debut draw, when seven winners shared a prize of £5.8 million.

Dad and daughter decorating

As The Clash sang, 'Should I Stay, Or Should I Go?' It's a question all homeowners ask themselves at least once. There's even TV shows dedicated to the quagmire, such as 'Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It'.

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