UK BANKING LINKS


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.
 
GM Card   Online arm of General Motors' credit card business.
 
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.
 
FTYourMoney.com   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

Find   Listing of websites of much of the financial services sector.
 
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  
 
Barclays    
 
Bank of Scotland    
 
Citibank
 
Co-operative
 
Halifax
 
HSBC
 
Lloyds TSB
 
National Westminster
 
Nationwide Building Society
 
Newcastle Building Society
 
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society
 
Royal Bank of Scotland
 
Woolwich



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.

 

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