Firms are pulling a fast one and they know it
Charlie Weston It is the great energy shakedown.
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.
Charlie Weston Banks don't do Carlsberg. If they did, they would be charging three different prices for a pint of lager.
Charlie Weston The Taoiseach has attempted to clear up the mess he created by claiming this country did not hike valued added tax, income tax and pay related social insurance during the bailout.
Charlie Weston Who do you think you are kidding Mr Kenny if you think we are fooled by you saying the bailout of this country did not lead to higher taxes?
Charlie Weston The numbers are staggering. By the end of this month the pension funds of private sector workers will be raided, and raided big-time.
Charlie Weston The general insurance market, and the motor side in particular, is in turmoil. Workers in the sector and drivers are paying the price for this mess as evidenced by large numbers of staff layoffs and premium...
Charlie Weston You can bet your heavily taxed last euro that the bankers were popping the champagne corks yesterday.
Charlie Weston For too long, moneylenders have been given a free run.
Charlie Weston The notion that there is free primary education in this country is a bit of a bad joke.
Charlie Weston The moneylending sector is booming. And it is not just because the near collapse of the banking system, and its rescue by taxpayers, has been a boon to moneylenders.
Charlie Weston We have one of the toughest inheritance tax regimes in the world. What that means is that many ordinary people inheriting modest homes are being caught in its net.
Charlie Weston Efforts to punish the prudent and force them to spend their savings are not working.
Charlie Weston It is hard not to be cynical about health insurers.
Charlie Weston This country has one of the highest inheritance taxes in the world. The rate charged on gifts and inheritances has shot up by 65pc during the austerity years.
Charlie Weston Has Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher done enough to get the Government off his back on expensive mortgage rates?
Charlie Weston For a while, the news on health insurance for consumers was good. The numbers taking out cover has been growing for the first time in three years.
Charlie Weston This could prove to be a fateful week in the financial history of this country.
Charlie Weston The mortgage crisis has been allowed to drag on for a year-and-a-half longer than it should have because the Government failed to listen.
Charlie Weston If it is reports and recommendations on pensions policy that you want, then there are more than a few to choose from out there.
Charlie Weston How do you get banks to do what you want them to do? We now know that the answer to that question is not to provide billions of euro of taxpayers' money to bail them out to stop them from going bust.
Charlie Weston Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that the veto banks have over mortgage debt write-down deals will be weakened.
Charlie Weston Here we go again. The Economic and Social Research Institute, the country's leading think-tank, has denied the existence of the squeezed middle.
Charlie Weston Forget the Government doing anything about variable rates.
Charlie Weston Just when credit unions are getting their act together, along comes another scandal to scare the wits out of the 2.9 million people who are members.
Charlie Weston When it comes to being stubborn, banks take some beating. They have been shown to reject State-sanctioned debt deals, and instead force consumers to opt for bankruptcy in four out of 10 cases.
Charlie Weston When the Insolvency Service of Ireland came on-stream in 2013 we were told that there would be an avalanche of 20,000 debt deals done a year.
Charlie Weston Relief for hard-pressed drivers proved short-lived, as petrol and diesel wholesalers and retailers have returned to their price-rising habits of old.
Charlie Weston It has taken a while, but the penny is slowly dropping that we are now deep into a home repossessions crisis.
Charlie Weston IT is staggering that it has taken official Ireland so long to realise that banks have no interest in cleaning up the mortgage arrears mess.
Charlie Weston Our taxpayer-rescued banks could learn a thing or two about getting their house in order from the little old credit unions.
Charlie Weston WHEN it comes to our banks, we are like someone trapped in an exploitative relationship.
Charlie Weston More cars on the roads, higher passenger numbers on public transport and higher pension returns mean that the stealth taxes imposed by the State are returning a tidy sum to the Exchequer.
Charlie Weston Bankers are worried at the moment, and they have reason to be.
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