Internet and telephone banks and card issuers

Egg   Innovative online service from Prudential Corporation.
First Direct   The web service created by First Direct the telephone banking arm of HSBC.
Intelligent Finance   Service created by the Halifax retail bank. Halifax had high hopes of it, but the launch was delayed.
Investec   Online service from South African financial services group. Designed to give customers access to all their financial information, even accounts held at other banks.
Smile   An admired online bank created by the Co-operative Bank.

Investment Fund supermarkets

Egg   Provides investment fund service for its savings account customers.
Fundsnetwork   Run by Fidelity, the fund manager.
Interactive Investor   No online sales, although plans to offer full service. Discussion groups are another feature.
Virgin Money   No online sales, but searches entire market.

Mortgage supermarkets

E-loan   This has an array of useful calculators to work out monthly payments. It features more than 1,700 loans from 50 lenders.
Virgin Money   Offers a selection of mortgages, rather than covering the whole market

The regulator

FSA   Financial Services Authority

Search and comparison sites

Find   Listing of websites of much of the financial services sector.
Interactive Investor   Mainly investment site with information and links to product providers.
Money Extra   Everything from mortgage and life insurance quotes to stories about share trading. But sales only for travel insurance.
Moneynet   A very comprehensive financial search tool. It allows very details searches. A search can, for example, be narrowed to list best savings accounts for a 10,000 deposit plus a cash card and internet access.

Traditional banks and building societies

Abbey National  
Bank of Scotland    
Lloyds TSB
National Westminster
Nationwide Building Society
Newcastle Building Society
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society
Royal Bank of Scotland

Insurance sites

Screentrade   Search 22 insurers and buy home, motor, boat, caravan or travel cover.
Direct Line   The original telephone insurer, zapped to the web. Discounts for the internet.


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