Internet and telephone banks and card issuers

Cahoot   Abbey National's online branch.
First Direct   The web service created by First Direct the telephone banking arm of HSBC.
Intelligent Finance   Service created by the Halifax retail bank. Halifax had high hopes of it, but the launch was delayed.
Investec   Online service from South African financial services group. Designed to give customers access to all their financial information, even accounts held at other banks.
Smile   An admired online bank created by the Co-operative Bank.

Investment Fund supermarkets

Fundsnetwork   Run by Fidelity, the fund manager.
Interactive Investor   No online sales, although plans to offer full service. Discussion groups are another feature.
Virgin Money   Virgin Money.

Mortgage supermarkets

John Charcol's web service   It carries 400 mortgage deals from 45 lenders.
E-loan   This has an array of useful calculators to work out monthly payments. It features more than 1,700 loans from 50 lenders.   Several hundred people use this site every week for mortgage quotes from 24 participating lenders.
Virgin Money   Virgin Money


The regulator

FSA   Financial Services Authority

Search and comparison sites

Money Super Market   A Super Market of financial money, investment and insurance products with advice and comparisons.
Interactive Investor   Mainly investment site with information and links to product providers.
Money Extra   Everything from mortgage and life insurance quotes to stories about share trading. But sales only for travel insurance.
Moneynet   A very comprehensive financial search tool. It allows very details searches. A search can, for example, be narrowed to list best savings accounts for a 10,000 deposit plus a cash card and internet access.

Traditional banks and building societies

Abbey National  
Bank of Scotland    
Lloyds TSB
National Westminster
Nationwide Building Society
Newcastle Building Society
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society
Royal Bank of Scotland

Insurance sites

Screentrade   Search 22 insurers and buy home, motor, boat, caravan or travel cover.
Direct Line   The original telephone insurer, zapped to the web. Discounts for the internet.
Inspop   Search insurers and buy online, but still fixing bugs with the service.


If you would like to add an entry, request an existing one to be altered, or report a dead link, please fill in the comments form

Return to Top

Return to Index

(c) Compiled by B V & T M Wood.