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Consumer Information

Jigsaw CashQuestions : is a unique service run by a panel of renowned personal finance journalists. They are on hand to solve your money problems alongside a team of financial experts.

Money Made Clear : consumer website run by the regulator, the Financial Services Authority.

Money Saving Expert : Martin Lewis' website is about saving money as well as investing.

This is money : be your own financial adviser - preditions, advice and tips. Website of The Mail and Mail on Sunday.

Find an IFA

IFA Promotion (IFAP) : offers a 'Find an IFA' service which allows consumers to search for an IFA by location, area of expertise, qualifications, online presence and philosophy.

Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) : promotes a big picture view of financial planning rather than product focussed broking. The IFP offers a search facility for a Certified Financial PlannerCM based on their geographic location and specialist area.

The Personal Finance Society (PFS) : also offers a similar search facility using criteria of type of advice, location and charging structure (fees or commission). The search can be limited to list only those advisers with the Chartered Financial Planner qualification.

Compensation

Cash Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) : the official independent expert in settling complaints between consumers and businesses providing financial services

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) : is the compensation fund of last resort for customers of authorised financial services firms. If a firm becomes insolvent or ceases trading the FSCS may be able to pay compensation to its customers.

Counterparty Risk

Fitch Ratings : is committed to providing the world’s credit markets with independent and prospective credit opinions, research, and data.

Moody's investor services : credit ratings and reports, including historic default and recovery rates.

Standard and Poor's : credit ratings, indices, investment research and data provide financial decision-makers with the information and opinions they need to feel confident about their decisions.

Regulators

Bank of England : includes interest rate announcements, details of monetary policy, statistics and publications.

Financial Services Authority (FSA) : check the FSA register to see if the company you are dealing with is authorised.

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