Huge overhaul of UK banking is set to bring freedom ... for frauds! Here's how scammers

But experts fear it will come at a cost if the banking industry and other companies involved in bringing about change fail to invest in customers' online security. They are also concerned that consumers will have to shoulder all the financial cost of cyber crimes committed against them. The authority wants banks to share data more freely, using the same kind of technology as Facebook and taxi company Uber. This should enable customers to compare current account deals based on their personal history of transactions.

When an employee of one of Hampshire's most picturesque golf clubs logged into its business account one afternoon, she thought it would be a formality. Just another invoice to pay.

Safer saving: From premium bonds to shares, the low-risk guide to winning higher returns 

Seven years of measly returns and the added insult of the recent Bank of England base rate cut are squeezing savers' returns until the pips squeak. Had enough? Then seek a better deal elsewhere. Follow The Mail on Sunday's guide to boosting your savings returns - but check our safety ratings (five padlocks for highest, one for lowest) before you act.

Pick a current account that reflects your approach to everyday banking. Check the rules on fees, minimum payments into the account and whether direct debits need to be set up.

New far-reaching plans to promote competition in the current account market will take shape in seven months. Here, The Mail on Sunday answers seven crucial questions about the banking reforms.

Whichever way you analyse it, Government policy on pensions is in a right old royal mess. It does not know what it should do to address this massive pension problem.

Once you have chosen an account, ask your new bank or building society to use the service for the switchover - as long as you are happy to ditch the old account. It guarantees a smoother process.





MIDAS SHARE TIPS:  Clean up as tech firm Smart Measuring Systems help reduce bills

SMS was founded in 1995 as an independent contractor, connecting businesses to gas and electricity on behalf of big industrial energy suppliers, such as BP, Dong Energy and ENI. That business remains, but in 2004 the energy meter market was opened up to competition and SMS moved in. By the end of the year, it owned and operated 100 meters. Today it owns more than a million, including 600,000 domestic ones. SMS installs and operates these for energy suppliers and in return receives an annual rent.

A summer frenzy of corporate takeovers is set to heat up, with bidders for bookmaker William Hill and leading TV production group Entertainment One expected to boost their offers.

Civil servants in charge of the taxpayers' stake in Lloyds Banking Group have sought reassurances after it was alleged that its married chief executive pursued an affair during a business trip.

This weekend the Government revealed it will shortly select preferred partners to construct Small Modular Reactors - which could help provide an alternative to Hinkley.

The company derives about 65 per cent of its profits from the US and Canada, 25 per cent from the Continent and Asia and the rest - 10 per cent - from the UK.

Private equity group Bridgepoint has been selected as the favoured bidder for the company. It had been vying against a mystery Chinese bidder in the final stages of the sale.

Travel trouble? Here are the apps that can ease the hassle - and save money at the same

The era of traipsing around travel shops in search of the best flight deal is long gone. These days search engines on the internet such as Skyscanner will do the legwork on your behalf. Information about thousands of flights that can be booked in an instant is only a few taps away on a smartphone app - often saving you hundreds of pounds in the process.

Most homeowners rely on an estate agent to buy or sell a property, but now many seeking privacy are turning to a new kind of ultra-discreet professional.

The pensions row will, of course, rumble on, but what may be crucial now is that the significance of this debacle extends far beyond BHS. The state of the UK's defined benefit pension schemes is grim.

If you are delayed by more than half an hour you can usually claw back some money, but it requires filling in forms that are often hidden at the back of ticket counters and must be asked for.

The good times are returning for shareholders in Edinburgh Dragon, an investment trust that seeks to generate returns from investing across diverse Far Eastern stock markets.

Hedge fund caught short as doom-monger Crispin Odey is the WORST performer in 2016 but

Odey shot to fame after predicting the financial crash and making huge profits on collapsing bank shares. But his more recent forecasts of doom have so far failed to materialise and his flagship €730million (£628million) fund is languishing at the bottom of the rankings. HSBC said in a performance review released earlier this month that Odey's European fund took the wooden spoon after plunging by 29.2 per cent between January 1 and July 29.

The owner of Leisure Pass has hired investment bank Harris Williams to carry out a strategic review, which could lead to a sale or even a stock market flotation.

Pops supplies high-end restaurants, stores including Selfridges, and events such as Henley and Wimbledon. It expects to sell almost 500,000 lollies in the year to December.

Ex-Pensions Minister Steve Webb calls for early rescue of funds through Pension Protection

The PPF was created to take on funds from collapsed firms, but Webb said funds at struggling companies should be put into the rescue scheme before firms fail. He proposed targeting funds with ballooning deficits where the sponsoring firm is unlikely to last the next 'two or three years'.

A spokesman for the supermarket said it was braced for shoppers stocking up on products such as ice cream after a summer that has so far proved lacklustre.

It has been a busy summer for Amanda Staveley holding meetings with both the prime minister of Greece and the UK's own newly named PM Theresa May.

John Lewis bangs the drum for local suppliers by launching initiative in October

The initiative will start in its Leeds store, which opens October 20, and will stock more than 120 products from 11 Yorkshire suppliers, including Masons Yorkshire Gin and The Harrogate Candle Company. All the suppliers are based within a 30-mile radius of Leeds. The goods will also be available on the John Lewis website.

The for-profit online store, Live Better With, supplies non-medical products - from balms to mobility aids - to address symptoms and side effects of those undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.

About 1.3million small businesses and landlords will not be forced to complete online quarterly tax returns under plans announced by former Chancellor George Osborne last year.

The four great holiday rip-offs making foreign trips unaffordable for British families

Families are being hammered with a £250 holiday tax - plus a triple whammy of stealth fees. Taking a family of four to Spain means handing the taxman £133.20 - 30 per cent up on 2008. Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon is set halve air passenger duty between 2018 and 2021 in a bid to boost business. Tory MPs are privately putting pressure on Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor, to cut VAT in the autumn statement to provide a post-referendum shot-in-the arm to the economy. Last night, they went public with calls for air passenger duty to be cut.

An algorithm has shown which clubs have the strongest credit rating...and which are at the bottom of the league. Leicester City aren't as wealthy as Man United, but they've won again.

Pension experts are worried pension sweeteners once dubbed 'plasma TV deals' are making a comeback as firms look to cope with the new funding crisis in final salary pensions.

Britain's farmers received £2.4billion last year under the Common Agricultural Policy, and NFU President Meurig Raymond had warned that many farms would fail without these handouts.

Nationwide Building Society has launched its new FlexStudent account offering students a tiered overdraft reaching up to £3,000 interest-free during their third year of study. But how does it compare?

Advisers lock in pension clients' gains made in the Brexit Bounce

Do stock markets look too good to be true at the moment? Some advisers are concerned that stimulus measures from the Bank of England have given markets an unsustainable sugar rush. They are moving to lock in gains for their pension clients in case there is a correction later on in the year.

Some 1,400 churches have closed over the past five years - that's four closures every five days. And they are often sold at a reasonable price.

You may feel deeply uncomfortable about the amount of information that is held about you, but big data, as this is known, is transforming healthcare and changing the way that diseases are cured.

I want my pension freedom! Why am I trapped in a 'section 32 buyout plan'?

I have a pension pot worth £51,000 and want to use new pension freedoms to bequeath it to my children and grandchildren. I thought that the changes to the pension rules were designed to increase flexibility and would mean that I could transfer the pension into a drawdown policy to spend, invest or save as I choose. Instead I am stuck in a pension scheme that will end upon the second death of either me or my wife.

The Bank of England's rate cut was pointless but a shift in sentiment towards spending makes infrastructure a good opportunity for investors, says Tom Becket.

Holiday home haven: As the falling pound bumps up the price of foreign hotels... RAY

The compact two-berth Bailey Approach Compact motorhome is based around the popular Peugeot Boxer van cab, engine and low-slung chassis. It costs £38,000 or you can rent one for short term for holidays. Mine had almost everything - including kitchen sink, cooker, compact bathroom with loo, washbasin and refreshing shower.

The pound's weakness is here to stay: so who in the UK wins and loses?

Traditionally a fall in the pound has been associated with economic hardship - think 'Black Wednesday' when the UK crashed out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, straight after the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, or during the financial crisis of 2008. But this time around, the Government has been telling investors and businesses that this is an opportunity - a once in a generation chance to turn an unbalanced economy reliant on consumer demand and imports back into a trading force.

Drum roll please...Vodafone has announced it has abolished the ghastly line rental charge and has freed its customers from paying it. But won't all providers have to do this soon?

Househunters looking for a £20million apartment require 24 hour concierges, underground parking as standard, with the option of separate staff quarters and even their own private swimming pool.

Scottish Power threatened woman with charges because British Gas failed to give new

We moved house in April this year, inheriting our energy supply from Scottish Power. I gave it our opening reading but then switched to British Gas straight away as I found a much better tariff and was told this had happened at the end of April. A final bill from Scottish Power arrived in May for £167.51 which I queried as it seemed excessive for just 18 days of energy. I was told the bill had been created by using estimated readings so I again gave the correct reading and was told to call British Gas with these.

The CMA announced a number of measures to help SMEs search for the best loans and overdrafts. But challenger banks say the watchdog hasn't done enough.

The charge to pay using plastic is supposed to be no more than around 0.6 per cent of the purchase price. But firms are often charging as much as 3 per cent, a damning investigation has found.

The 11 best new motorbikes of 2016 picked by experts

Whether you're looking to commute in the city, enjoy globe-trotting adventures offroad, or graze a kneeslider at a trackday, one of these 11 motorcycles will be right for you, according to the review team at Auto Trader. The selection has been made as part of its Best Bike Awards for 2016. But don't think it all comes down to outright speed - the overall winner is about as far from a superbike as you can get.

What pension deadlines must you meet as you pass ages 55, 65 and 75?

Pension age deadlines are far more fluid nowadays as older people have gained greater control over when they retire and how they run their finances in old age. But the traditional age milestones of 55, 65 and 75 are still important markers that call for informed decisions - even if it is just to postpone doing anything while still in the earlier stages.

Maverick fund star Terry Smith attracts £1bn from savers in 3 months 

The outspoken City veteran, famous for ruffling the feathers of employers and some of the biggest names in investment, saw the performance of his fund soar while rivals suffered. For the first time in 30 years the industry suffered two consecutive quarters of net outflows. Latest figures from The Investor Association showed savers pulled £3.5billion out of funds in June.

MARKET REPORT: Animal genetics firm Genus sinks 8% after losing US patent bust-up over

The technology involved can skew which gender is produced from artificial insemination, which is important because dairy farmers prefer female calves. Genus launched its product as an alternative to technology already in use by Inguran, hoping to increase competition in the market. But yesterday a US district court in Wisconsin ruled that Inguran's patent was valid and had been infringed.

For the first time since December 31, 1999 - the day before the dotcom bubble burst - three major stock markets all closed at record highs on the same day.

Figures released yesterday show players had spent £192million on the addictive mobile phone game and it's on course to hit sales of $1billion (£771million).

The way of trading gold has not changed in generations, with the global price set daily and transactions being carried out directly between buyers and sellers.

You may feel deeply uncomfortable about the amount of information that is held about you, but big data, as this is known, is transforming healthcare and changing the way that diseases are cured.

Holidaymakers have been warned to face the cost of the their summer breaks rising next year because of the recent fall in the pound.

Antonio Horta-Osorio was joined by Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group of universities, while attending a banking conference in Singapore.

Family home IHT break proves we need an Office for Budget Simplicity

George Osborne introduced some overly-complex gems, but perhaps his most needlessly complicated tax change was the one to inheritance tax. What we need now is a new Office of Budget Simplicity. All future tax changes need to be put before it and its panel of reasonable ordinary people, who must understand them with very little explanation.

Vast amounts of the Duke of Westminster's family fortune are owned through trust structures, which do not have the usual inheritance tax liability.

Evictions of households from private landlords have almost doubled during the past five years to over 22,000, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.

REBECCA RUTT: What's the best way to fend off nuisance PPI calls?

We've all had the phone calls, 'Hello X, we're calling to say you're due thousands in compensation for the PPI you were mis-sold'. Normally I just tell the caller not to contact me again or by hanging up the phone. But last week I had a particularly nasty and threatening caller who insisted I should be using that company to check for my mis-sold payment protection insurance. Despite the fact I told the caller instantly I didn't have it, wasn't interested and wanted my number to be taken off the list, I was then bombarded with accusations about me not wanting the refund I was 'owed'.

A total of 5 per cent more estate agents reported house prices rising rather than falling last month, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors report.

Vodafone has confirmed it has removed the line rental charge for new and existing fibre optic broadband customers who will now see one combined price for both services.

Murray International's Bruce Stout is one of few to do BETTER thanks to Brexit

Many investment trusts are still reeling from the shock of Brexit, but not Murray International. The trust's style was out of favour last year but it has bounced back, with its low exposure to the UK proving a boost. Manager Bruce Stout is skeptical of Western central bankers and says he can find better opportunities in emerging markets.

Age UK says those with dementia or reduced cognitive function are the most vulnerable, but adds that elderly women are twice as likely to be preyed on as men.

Figures from the World Gold Council show that investment demand for the metal soared 127 per cent in the six months to the end of June compared to the same period in 2015.

Is there a housing crisis and how do people manage to afford London homes? Watch the Property Show

Declining ownership is seen as another sign of property market in crisis, but is this true? Ed Mead, of estate agents Douglas and Gordon, joins the Property Show, to look at the state of the market and whether prices will keep rising. And as an experienced agent he also answers the question many of us will have asked: 'How on earth do people afford London homes?'

How to size up the risks and profit from shares, property, gold and bonds

When the Bank of England cut interest rates, it wanted to encourage investors to take 'more risk' with their money. The higher the risk, the bigger the potential returns . . . but so will your losses be if things go wrong. Here, we guide you through the best ways to beat the rate cuts and keep your returns safely trickling in... and most importantly explain just how risky they are.

Every year Peter and Julie Haynes made sure they had travel insurance but when Peter did have a heart attack AllClear refused to pay the £36,000 bill for the treatment that saved his life.

Brexit vote means 1 in 3 homes for sale had asking price slashed

More than 30% of homes for sale on the property website Zoopla had been reduced in price by the beginning of August, with the average discount at £25,257. The North of England has borne the brunt of the price cuts, with more than two fifths of properties listed in Huddersfield, Wigan and St Helens having been marked down.

The impact can push premiums as much as £450 higher than the national average, regardless of the driver's own ethnicity, the report suggested.

Insurers have finally been ordered to come clean over the stealth price hikes. Motorists lose out most because so many roll over their policies without realising their premium has risen.

Why a fixed rate mortgage still beats a tracker even with rates falling

Many homeowners are bombarding mortgage brokers with phone calls asking if they should switch to a deal that tracks official interest rates. With the Bank of England indicating rates could fall again, borrowers question whether they should choose this type of deal instead of a fixed rate - but a fix is probably still better.

It was once synonymous with David Brent in the hit TV series The Office, but now Slough is gaining appealing with house hunters as prices rise ahead of a new railway line opening.

Barclaycard admitted it owes me £1,887 for mis-sold PPI but it won't pay up 

In 2013, I claimed against Barclaycard for a mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) policy. My claim was rejected, and I accepted this. But then, in September 2015, I received a letter from Barclaycard stating my claim had been reviewed - I was awarded £1,887.84.

Instead, borrowers go on to its standard variable rate (SVR) of 4 per cent at the end of their existing deals. It means a customer with £20,000 left over five years pays £368 a month.

The 'Trojan horse' viruses effectively lock people out of their computers and demand a ransom to allow them to get back in. The blackmail message carried by the virus directs victims to make a payment online.

After the rate cut, here is where to find best accounts before they go

Early indications are that lenders have no intention of cushioning savers and are set to pass on as much as possible of the 0.25 per cent cut in Bank of England base rate announced last week. Some have already cut top easy-access accounts for new savers, while the best fixed-rate bonds are fast disappearing.

First Direct and M&S; Bank stand accused of exploiting savers by announcing huge rate cuts. Official interest rates fell by 0.25 percent, but First Direct and M&S; will cut by up to 0.4 points.

Virgin Money's easy-access Man Utd Red Devil Saver pays 1.05 per cent with no withdrawal restrictions. There are prize draws with the chance to win tickets to Man Utd matches.

Number of investment trusts yielding 4% or more falls by a quarter as share prices rise in

The strong performance of investment trusts' share prices post-Brexit has led to a fall in the proportionate level of income they can pay out.Between May and August, the number of trusts paying a dividend yield of more than 4 per cent fell from 19 to 14 - while at the start of the year there were 21.

Usain Bolt has become a minority shareholder in Enertor, an insoles business run by a team of four from Ipswich. They are now selling through Superdrug and hope to convert casual runners.

To counter claims hidden costs unfairly subtract from investment returns, detailed analysis of fund performance between 2012 and 2015 was released today by the Investment Association.

What is the Bank of England base rate

On the latest episode of the Big Money Questions show, we take a step back and ask, what actually is the base rate and what has it got to do with our household finances? Fund manager, economist and author of Money Eric Lonergan gives a one minute explainer, followed by a more detailed version and then talks to presenter Rachel Rickard Straus about why the rate is so low - rounded off with an explanation of the mysterious world of central banks through the simple analogy of a babysitting circle.

ADRIAN LOWERY'S eight-point manifesto to bring aggressive drivers into line

It is time the Government and the insurance industry took radical steps to help residents of rural and urban communities reclaim their neighbourhoods from the lorries, the lunatics - and those Great British Motorists who like toddlers think they can do what they like, and explode with rage and indignation when questioned about it.

50 ways to save money....

To clear the average national household debt of ?13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of ?100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.

Pick the best (and cheapest) investment Isa platform

Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and changes to charges have left many investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

In this low-income world it can be hard to find mainstream investments paying a significant yield. Stifel has compiled a list of 19 investment trusts with a yield of more than 4 per cent.

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If you are new to investing then the huge number of funds and investment trusts on offer can be confusing. Fortunately, This is Money's experts have some ideas to get you started.

Income investing: Dividends can deliver both a healthy boost to long-term growth and a way to earn from your investments.

Income investing can let you draw on your portfolio or reinvest dividends to build solid growth over time. Our experts give their fund and investment trust recommendations.

On the up: Emerging markets such as Brazil are where much of the world's growth is expected to be over future years.

If you're looking to add some flair to your investing Isa with emerging markets, This is Money's experts have some ideas to get you started

Will the UK be Norway, Switzerland or Canada? Brexit trade deals we could follow

Now that we've voted ourselves out of the EU, it's time to work out how we're going to trade in future with all its 27 member countries - and the other 27 countries it has deals with. So how do other non-EU members trade with the bloc and would any of their models suit us?

It would have been nice to have a plan. Instead, after the Brexit vote we were left scratching our heads. But now it's time for some answers on trade and what we mean to the EU.

Even after Brexit it could still be possible for us to access the single market and the benefits that come with being part of it, but today we were warned there's a price to pay.

When will UK interest rates rise?

Asked on Radio 4's Today programme if there was a real prospect of a further cut in rates before the end of the year, the Bank's Ben Broadbent said, 'that's true'. Bank rate was cut yesterday to 0.25 per cent from its already record low level of 0.5 per cent, where it had remained for more than seven years.

What next for mortgage rates?

Markets went into turmoil following the momentous decision by the British people to leave the European Union on 24 June 2016. But what does all of this mean for mortgage rates?

Ten tips for buy-to-let

For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips


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About 1.3million small businesses and landlords will not be forced to complete online quarterly tax returns under plans announced by former Chancellor George Osborne last year.