Hundreds of thousands of customers abandoned Britain’s “Big Six” energy companies last month in a bid to save money. According to Energy UK, the industry trade body, 481,677 customers switched supplier, with almost half of those opting to leave a member of the Big Six. The six companies – British Gas, E.On, EDF Energy, SSE, Scottish Power and Npower – dominate the market, but switching to a lesser known firm could help you shave money off your bills. The average consumer can save £261 on their energy bills according to comparison site Energyhelpline, and experts frequently urge households to take advantage. Lawrence Slade, Energy UK’s chief executive, said: “The record numbers switching to small... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about As record numbers switch away from the Big Six energy companies, here are the best ‘small’ suppliers
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Published July 16, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) was the last of the "big four" U.S. banks to report its second-quarter earnings on Monday, and it feels like the best was saved for last. Not only did Bank of America beat expectations on the top and bottom lines, but it posted impressive results throughout its operations with very little that could be interpreted as disappointing news. With that in mind, here's a rundown of the numbers and why Bank of America could still have lots of room to grow. Continue Reading Below The headline numbers Bank of America beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Earnings per share of $0.63 handily beat analysts' $0.57 estimate and represented staggering 43% year-over-year earnings growth. To be fair, much of that was fueled by tax reform, which we'll discuss more in the next section, but the bank's revenue increased by 3% to $22.6 billion, which was … [Read more...] about Bank of America Earnings: The Best of the Big Banks?
Ben Marlow Follow 14 July 2018 • 6:30pm For a moment there it looked as though the penny had dropped in audit-land, that cosy world of accounting that has been dominated by the same four firms seemingly since the dawn of time. Certainly Bill Michael, KPMG’s fast-talking, straight-shooting new UK chairman, seems wise to the winds of change that are blowing a fierce gale through his industry. Michael has admitted that a constant stream of scandals in the profession risks eroding public trust, and he has conceded that the business models of the big auditors need to be re-evaluated to prevent conflicts of interest. Such honesty is well overdue. For too long the auditing industry has been deaf to its shortcomings. Michael has broken ranks.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Time to hold the Big Four of auditing to account
Published July 10, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print When it comes to U.S. banks, there are four that are in a league of their own when it comes to size: JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup (NYSE: C), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC). In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Shannon Jones and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel take a closer look at the big four and what investors should know when evaluating these institutions. Continue Reading Below A full transcript follows the video. 10 stocks we like better than WalmartWhen investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.* David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Walmart wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks … [Read more...] about The Big 4 U.S. Banks: What Investors Need to Know
By Megan Henney Published July 10, 2018 White House FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video The big spending behind Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation push Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino on support of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. As Republicans gear up for a fight over President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, a conservative political group is pouring money into ad campaigns to ensure that he’s confirmed before midterm elections. Continue Reading Below The Judicial Crisis Network announced on Tuesday that it had funneled $1.4 million into cable and digital advertisements in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia to pressure Democratic senators in densely red states to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. “I don’t see how you can vote for Gorsuch, and then look at Brett Kavanaugh and not say, ‘This is someone in the same … [Read more...] about The big money behind Trump’s Supreme Court pick