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In our blog you'll find a wide variety of Personal Finance articles along with updates on the general state of the finance market in the UK. Useful reading that's easy for you to dip in and out of.

Your UK Passport – Important 2018 Update

Rules affecting your UK passport changed – October 2018 A change affecting the renewal of UK passports was introduced on September 10th, but not formally announced by the Home Office. Until now, travellers renewing their British passport would have any remaining time on their old passport added to their new […]

Open Banking – Opportunity or Threat?

Open Banking is a UK scheme to give consumers more choice and better deals on their banking. But there’s big concerns over data security. What’s more, most Brits haven’t even heard of it. The new banking rules, implemented in January 2018 in the UK, were designed to give consumers more […]

Brit expats demand more paperwork from EU!

Post Brexit White Paper, British expats living in the EU face fresh anxiety over their right to stay put – with EU member states accused of being slow to support expats in achieving the right “residency formalities”. Paperwork, in other words. And the problem is (ironically, some might say) that […]

UK Summer 2018 – hot like 1976?

The miserable British weather is the reason why many British expats left Britain in the first place – but right now the UK is enjoying a scorcher of a Summer that everybody is comparing to the legendary Summer of 1976. Although 1976’s hottest temperature of 36°C (97°F) has yet to be […]

London’s City told to tackle “alpha male culture”

UK government ministers have told London’s financial sector to shape up and end the “alpha male culture” that predominates especially within “the City of London” – the square mile of central London that is the heart of the markets. Here at Holborn we reported earlier this year on the UK […]

Top 5 Personal Finance Blogs

Keeping on top of your personal finances can seem like a chore – perhaps you find yourself consistently running over your monthly budget, or perhaps you just feel as though you haven’t quite got the grip on things that you would like to have? Whether you want to be more […]

Shall I Buy To Let in 2018?

Buy To Let (BTL) could be big in the UK in 2018. After the attacks last year by the UK Government on mortgage relief, it looked like the end was nigh for BTL. It’s no secret that Brits have always been fond of investing in bricks and mortar but, with […]

Recap: UK Winter Budget 2017

With Christmas less than a month away, the bustle of the festive season means that for many of us we’ve already forgotten all about the UK Winter Budget (delivered by Philip Hammond, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer on November 22nd). So here’s a recap of the changes to the British […]

How to Check Your National Insurance Contributions Record

Got your NICs in a twist? Updated May 2018: Check your NICs online! Your National Insurance Contributions (NICs) record decides whether you get a UK State Pension. Head to the UK Government NICs website to access details of your own NI credits – but, first, discover below what you’ll need to […]