Charlie Weston: We must come down hard on scammers - and their lawyers
Charlie WestonThe woman had just loaded the car with the weekly shop.
Charlie WestonThe woman had just loaded the car with the weekly shop.
Charlie Weston Nearly a decade after the financial crisis erupted, the body blows keep coming for consumers.
Charlie Weston When you turn up in an A&E ward in a public hospital these days you join a queue, often a long one.
Charlie Weston Vulture funds are not known for their compassion, so when they offer write-downs to mortgage holders you have to ask why they are doing this.
Charlie Weston It has taken forever, but at last there is a plan to do something about the scourge of rapidly rising motor insurance costs.
Charlie Weston It is safe to assume that Central Bank Governor Philip Lane has been taken aback at the ferocity of the backlash since he announced strict mortgage lending rules almost two years ago.
Charlie Weston The much-admired comedy 'Father Ted' has a hilarious skit about a car raffle.
Charlie Weston The Government's new help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers is full of holes. Under the new scheme, announced in the Budget, Housing Minister Simon Coveney promised income tax rebates on the purchase...
Charlie Weston Hardly a week goes by when there is not some form of bad news for the nation's two million drivers.
Charlie Weston It may have seemed like a good idea, at a time of austerity, to keep hiking the tax on savings in a bid to force householders to withdraw their money and spend it.
Charlie Weston Getting approved for a mortgage is impossible for people whose earnings are illegal.
Charlie Weston The surge in numbers getting approval for mortgages is proof positive that there is massive pent-up demand for property buying.
Charlie Weston The findings that Central Bank mortgage rules are holding back house-building need to be taken seriously by the notoriously unresponsive regulators.
Charlie Weston Survey findings that four out of 10 buyers will need funds from their families to secure a mortgage are set to raise the temperature in the heated debate on the impact of Central Bank mortgage restrictions.
Charlie Weston The relentless rise in the cost of motor insurance is the rip-off that just will not go away. Many motorists were hoping that after three years of massive rises we were finally on the cusp of a peak in the cost of...
Charlie Weston Motorists are likely to lose out again after a new blow was suffered by our dysfunctional insurance market following the collapse of Enterprise Insurance. Enterprise is the second foreign-regulated insurer to...
Charlie Weston Americans refer to it as 'ambulance chasing'. You have seen it on TV. A dodgy lawyer hangs around what they call the 'emergency room', hoping to sign up someone who has just had an accident to get them...
Charlie Weston The decision by one of our leading banks to sell a loan portfolio which includes home loans means there will be trouble ahead. By putting the book up for sale, Ulster Bank has made it clear that it does not want to be the one that has to face the music and dance.
Charlie Weston One can just imagine the panicky phone calls that are being made this week from Frankfurt to the Dame Street headquarters of the Central Bank.
Charlie Weston The new Government has given itself 100 days to come up with a plan to tackle the tangled web that is our dysfunctional housing market.
Charlie Weston Banks are running out of options in their efforts to keep variable mortgage rates high. Competitive and legislative pressures are combining to leave our overcharging lenders with few alternatives...
Charlie Weston There has been a broad welcome for the announcement by the Central Bank that it is reviewing its controversial mortgage lending limits.
Charlie Weston On the face of it, reducing the number of pension plans out there is a great idea. The head of the regulatory body - the Pensions Authority - has said there are too many schemes.
Charlie Weston The hits just keep coming for those who work in the private sector and are lucky enough to have a pension.
Charlie Weston The true extent of the negative equity problem we have in this country - and its dangers - have been much under-estimated.
Charlie Weston Sometimes it is easy being a banker in this country.
Charlie Weston Want a loan to renovate the kitchen, or replace the clapped-out washing machine?
Charlie Weston One hundred years after the Rising, this land might be our land, but we still can't house our people properly on it.
Charlie Weston Here we go again. Will we never learn?
Charlie Weston Our housing system has become even more dysfunctional. There are at least three tiers of trapped people, and nobody can move between these layers.
Charlie Weston The teen and the tween had a question about politics.
Charlie Weston The capacity of bankers to engender visceral anger in the population of this country knows no bounds. The latest example of banking skulduggery comes from AIB, a bank that we taxpayers have had to stump up €21.8bn to bail out.
Charlie Weston It is the great energy shakedown.
Charlie Weston It is not quite the mortgage war we were hoping for, but it will do for now. The new lender with the funny name, Pepper, will be welcomed by potential homebuyers and existing mortgage holders who are...
Charlie Weston They were marketed as a way to use your home as an ATM.
Charlie Weston The Government may be trying to get us to cut down on our use of cash - but, as everyone knows, cash is king.
Charlie Weston Health insurance companies have become adept at manipulating the media. They have realised that the best way to avoid the bad news associated with frequent price increases, benefit reductions and the...
Charlie Weston Your mother always said you should get a job in the bank. She just never told you that one day you would end up doing the job of a banker, but without getting paid for it, and without having the...
Charlie Weston The tables are finally being turned on the banks. For years, the banks have been getting away with treating customers like little more than debt serfs, denying them the most basic of consumer rights, while...
Charlie Weston Families and pensioners were big winners in the Budget, but there is still a long way to go to restore household incomes to where they were before the bust.
Charlie Weston Feeling stitched up by the system, middle Ireland wants something back. Finance Minister Michael Noonan and his colleagues know that the centre feels crushed by the weight of seven years of savage austerity.
Charlie Weston It is more than a little troubling that banks are funding a British debt-management charity to offer advice to people who are deep in debt.
Charlie Weston The financial elites in this country never cease to surprise. They are detached from the reality of the rest of us, unwilling to take on board advice from the little people, and deluded into thinking they are...
Charlie Weston A claims culture is taking hold again, a decade after the Injuries Board was set up to tackle it.
Charlie Weston We are told that we are living in deflationary times, with the price drops on most goods and services making our money go further.
Charlie Weston Banks are run by chancers. That much is certain.
Charlie Weston If you are raising children and expect them to end up going to college, then prepare to be hit with a financial avalanche.
Charlie Weston At a time when the prices of many goods and services are falling, it is galling for consumers to be faced with demands to pay more for motor insurance.
Charlie Weston There are lots of examples to choose from, where insurance companies deny legitimate claims. One concerns an elderly man whose front door was broken down and around €7,000 worth of goods stolen from his...
Charlie Weston The numbers of people who switch their mortgage are pitiful.
Charlie Weston So competition is our best hope of stopping banks overcharging mortgage holders on variable rates.
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