Current account guides

Whether you are looking for your first current account, one with bonus rewards or a high-interest current account, our current account guides contain everything you need to get the best account.

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Is banking on your smartphone safe?

If you live life on the move, mobile banking can seem like an ideal way to keep track of your finances. But is it a safe way to manage your money?

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Which current account should you get?

Choosing the right current account can save you money in fees, give you all the features you need or even earn you money in interest. Here is where to find the best account for your circumstances.

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What is a packaged current account?

You can get rewards with some bank accounts for a monthly fee. The benefits can be cost effective and convenient, but only if it is the cheapest option. Here is how to check.

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Is it time to ditch your cash?

We are fast becoming a cashless society, so do you really need to keep using physical money? Here's how to work out whether it's time you ditched your cash.

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What graduate account should you get?

If you have graduated and do not have a student account, or have one that lost its free overdraft and benefits, here is how to get the best graduate bank account.

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What is a current account?

A bank account that lets you receive money from anyone, including your wages from your employer. You can also use it to pay bills, withdraw cash, spend on a card or make payments to other people. Here is how they work and how to get one.

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What is fintech?

Monzo, Bitcoin and Kickstarter are all fintech companies. They use technology to improve your financial services. But what is fintech and what does it mean for your money?

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How to manage your bank account

Here is how to use your current account to keep it running smoothly and to avoid being charged fees.

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How to find the best student account

Student bank accounts could save you money, let you borrow for free and offer freebies like gift vouchers or railcards. Here is how they work and how to find the best one for you.

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How to pay your overdraft off

If you go into your overdraft every month or have been stuck in the red for a while, there are ways to pay off your overdraft for good.

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How to reclaim your bank charges

Persuading a bank to part with money is never easy, so if you want to reclaim your bank charges you will need to put together a good case. We show you exactly what you need to do to claim back bank charges.

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How to rescue your finances if you've been refused a bank account

It's hard to imagine life without a current account, but this is the stark reality for thousands of Brits. We look at what alternatives are out there if you can't get a bank account.

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How to switch your bank account

Switching to a new current account is easier than ever and could save you hundreds of pounds. Here is how to get a new bank account in just seven days.

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How to get a bank account for under 18s

Whether you’re interested in opening a bank account for a child or baby, we’ll help you choose and open the right account for your little one.

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How to find the best charity bank account

A current account for your charity, community group or voluntary organisation can offer a safe home for donations. Here is how manage your charity's money and pay its bills.

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How to pay with contactless and Paym

You can use contactless payments to quickly and easily buy things with your debit card, credit card or mobile phone. You can use Paym to send and receive payments to and from other bank accounts with your mobile phone. Here is how they work.

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Direct debit rules: FAQs

Direct debits can be a convenient and hassle-free way to pay your bills, leaving the company you are paying to do all the leg work. Here we answer all your most common direct debit questions...

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How to find lost bank accounts

In banks across Britain millions of pounds are sitting dormant in lost accounts, waiting to be re-claimed by their rightful owners. We take you through how you can be reunited with yours.

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How business current accounts work

If you run your own business, are a sole trader or look after the finances of a company, you may need a current account. Here is how business bank accounts work and how to get one.

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Can I switch bank accounts if I'm in my overdraft?

Being in your overdraft does not have to mean you are tied to your bank account forever. Here is how it is still possible to switch to a better deal.

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4 ATM scams you need to know about

Millions of pounds are stolen at UK cash machines each year; here are 4 scams you need to look out for when you withdraw cash at an ATM.

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How do joint bank accounts work?

You can get a joint current account to help you share expenses or bills with your partner, housemate or a family member. Here is how they work, their risks and how to choose the right one.

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How does online banking work?

Internet banking helps you keep track of your balance and make payments 24 hours a day without going to a branch. Here is how to bank online on your computer, phone or tablet.

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How does cheque clearing work?

We investigate the process behind clearing a cheque to find out exactly how it works - and why in a world of instant technology it can still take so long.

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