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Barclaycard Platinum cuts cost of borrowing with £20 off balance transfer fees until 31st January 2011

Barclaycard is offering £20 off the balance transfer fee for new Barclaycard Platinum customers applying directly through its website and partner sites[1]. The offer, which is the first of its kind, provides a discount on balance transfers over £3,000, reducing the effective handling fees significantly. The deal means that Barclaycard is leading the way by giving money back on balance transfer fees – something no other credit card provider is doing – during the most popular time for balance transfers.

Winter weather fails to cool spending

Latest figures from the Barclaycard Spending Index published today show the amount spent on credit and debit cards, in-store and online, increased by 11.5% in November compared to November 2009.

Consumers set to spend record £50 billion this Christmas

The UK is set for a bumper Christmas spend this year, despite many high streets being impacted by heavy snow falls at the beginning of the month. Figures from Barclays predict that a record £48.9 billion spend will be spent over the festive period, an 8 per cent increase from Christmas 2009. 

Barclaycard Discovers the Nation's Forgetful Jet Setters

New research from Barclaycard has found that a third (31%) of holidaymakers go on their jollies without travel insurance and ultimately regret it.  The findings announced today show that when it came to booking travel insurance, 36% chose not to arrange cover for medical or financial assistance because they didn’t think they would need it.  

Protection Gap Revealed as Half of Adults Have No Life Cover

Under embargo until midnight on Saturday, 11 December 2010

More than half (54 per cent) of adults in the UK do not have life insurance, despite two-thirds of those surveyed also having dependants, according to new research from Barclays. With half the nation financially unprotected should the worst happen, the figures further highlight the protection gap in the UK, which is projected to stand at £2.4* trillion.