Here at MRM we aim to give you a view of emerging topic trends and a quick snapshot of the weekend money sections.
Investment stories are still leading the pack – accounting for just over a fifth of money stories this weekend – but have been steadily dropping throughout October. You might ask what can be important enough to take column inches from investments…and the answer apparently is…pensions, savings and mortgages.
One mortgage story that particularly caught MRM’s eye was the news of borrowers being enticed with offers including Ikea vouchers – who wouldn’t be tempted? – from Leah Milner (@leahmilner) at the Times. However she warned that these freebies could be costing consumers thousands overall through worse rates.
The popularity of savings stories has been rather erratic over the past month, but accounted for a solid 17% this weekend, as the subject matter was brought back to the fore in the weekend sections by the latest report from Lord Browne on university costs. His report is proposing, we are sure to the horror of many a-parent, that the Government abolish the cap on fees of £3,290. While Julian Knight (@ukmoneyguru) at the Independent lamented the fact that there will be no inheritance left for children as it has gone on tuition, a myriad of reporters including Rupert Jones (@rupert_jones) at the Guardian gave advice on how to start saving early for your children’s degrees.
A round-up of topics came in as follows:
Credit cards 3%