Have you been Plevined? A new rule means just having had PPI means you are due money

Have you been Plevined? I ask that question in the almost certain knowledge that most people reading this won’t have a clue what I’m on about. Yet the answer is YES for millions, and if so that means you’re owed big money. At the end of August, the financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority launched a two-year...

Why cutting the student loan interest rate will only help richer graduates…

This weekend the papers have been mooting that Theresa May’s Government is looking to cut the English and Welsh student loan interest rate – now at a 6.1% headline rate for those who began uni in or after 2012 – in order to appeal to the youth vote. I find this frustrating. Not because I object; I’ve...

Five things EVERY student and their parents should know

Fear grabs votes and makes headlines. Sadly, though, both sides’ political spin and spittle over student finance have resulted in widespread rampant misinformation – and it’s got worse again this year.  So with a new academic year about to start, my message to students and their parents is simple – forget the politics – ensure you understand...

Martin Lewis – The four things you need to be successful

Like all with greying hair, I wish I could counsel my 20-year-old self – not just to steer his decisions, but to help reassure and take the pressure off making them. In November 2016, I was lucky enough to do the next best thing. The BBC’s One Show asked if I’d give an hour’s life lecture to...

A year of fighting to break the link between mental illness and money problems…

Fourteen years ago I started this site, MoneySavingExpert.com. Now my second career baby is celebrating its first birthday – the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity. This time is a somewhat difference experience. I’m at a different stage of my career, and while I founded the charity, and have pledged to fund it for the first...

How to make a tweet/Facebook post go viral – 7 lessons from ‘You don’t need your polling card’

Last Wednesday, the day before the general election, I casually popped a little note on social media. That message exploded. I’ve had posts go viral before, but this was by far the biggest. So I thought it would be interesting to bash out the stats of the tweet, and try to explore why this message triggered the instinct...

When will your student loan be written off?

It’s a question I’m asked all the time. Many know that current students no longer need to repay their loans 30 years after the April following graduation, yet for those who started university before 2012, there are a variety of options. This information has been a long-term part of my Should I repay my student loan? guide (where...

Should you buy euros/dollars now, before the general election?

The pound is still in the doldrums. Even after a slight strengthening on the back of Tuesday’s election announcement it still currently only buys just €1.20. Against the dollar, the rate is just $1.28 – historically very poor. 

What the triggering of Article 50 means for your mortgage, savings, debt and more

On Wednesday, the UK formally triggers Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation process of leaving the European Union – the culmination of the vote to leave the EU in June 2016. The day after that vote I wrote an instant first impressions news analysis guide on what Brexit is likely to mean for your finances....

Young journalists, looking for a mentor? 

Broadcast journalism is a notoriously difficult profession to get into, and even once you’ve broken down the door, many find it tough to move up the ladder. This is even worse for those who don’t come from the traditional journalistic bastions of private schools and Oxbridge – yet to better reflect our society, journalism needs to diversify...