Best of this week’s finance tweets – 13th January 2012

3 min Read Published: 13 Jan 2012

twitter logo Here is this week's compilation of those tweets worth reading from the best financial tweeters out there, including me of course.

Twitter helps give you an inside fast track into the world of personal finance and the latest developments. I read and interact with hundreds of people via twitter everyday and only bring you those that are worth listening to. (If you want to join my watch list then simply follow me on twitter @money2themasses)

All the following tweets are the respective tweeters personal views and not those of their employers.



On Utility companies cutting their bills


@EdConwaySkyEd Conway - Ed Conway - Economics Editor of Sky News

 If every utility cuts gas prices by 5% it'll knock 0.1% points off inflation. If they do electricity by same amt too that's another 0.1% off


@simonnread Simon Read - personal finance editor at The Independent newspaper

 SSE 4.5% price cut comes around hour or so after after British Gas 5% cut. Who thinks that the energy companies don't work as a cartel?


@MartinSLewis – Martin Lewis - owner of

 British gas elec only cut of 5% as predicted. Don't let that make u think you're on a good deal; still worth comparing


@money2themasses – Me (Damien Fahy)

 If only we could convince an energy company CEO to stick his head in an oven.....





@AllisterHeath- Allister Heath - Editor of City AM

Eurozone bond auctions were much more successful today. Lull in crisis.


@JasmineJasmine Birtles - owner of

 Mafia is Italy's biggest business. That explains why they're one of the biggest economies in the world...still


@EdConwaySky - Ed Conway - Economics Editor of Sky News

Eurozone ever closer to recession. Eurostat cuts estimate of Q3 GDP growth from 0.2% to 0.1%. Slowest since 2009 recession


@RobinBewRobin Bew - Economist

Negative German yields on debt auction suggest safe haven status. But most outcomes bad for Germany. Bailouts, Eurobonds, periphery crisis.


@ReutersJamie - Jamie McGeever - Editor at Reuters Insider TV

equities calm, resources/energy stocks highest in months, volatility slumping...yet italy +7%, greece teetering. something has to give


@ReutersJamie - Jamie McGeever - Editor at Reuters Insider TV

significant chance of italian downgrade – fitch


@EdConwaySky - Ed Conway - Economics Editor of Sky News

Fitch's Olbert: "We don't believe euro will split up. Relative debt of eurozone compared to the UK and the US isn't that outsized."





@Mortgage_Mind - Lea Karasavvas – Mortgage Broker

Hmmm. nationwide launch new 90% deals tomorrow. Low deposit borrowing is certainly having a go this January!!!


@JohnTheJournoJohn Fitzsimons - Acting editor of personal finance website

Accord now offering 90% LTV mortgages. Two and five-year deals launching tomorrow, including 2-yr deal at 4.89% with £995 fee.



Wonga promoting their payday loans to students


@martynsavilleDr Martyn Saville - Personal finance journalist at Which?

@MartinSLewis That Wonga claim is outrageous - student loan repayments are based on ability to pay post-graduation. & there's no 4000% APR!


@MartinSLewis -Martin Lewis - owner of

Wonga you're a moral disgrace. You try the "we're payday loan good guys" yet this is nasty



Loans & Credit Cards


@ukmoneyguru Julian Knight - Money and property editor, independent on sunday

70 per cent of websites offering consumers loans flout EU credit rules - all sites in Spain, Cyprus and Slovakia failed the mystery shop


@money2themassesMe – Damien Fahy

MT @JohnTheJourno: average Brit spent £17k on credit cards last year. Bloody. Hell. > but doesn't that inc those who clear balance each mnth





@hwallopHarry Wallop - Retail Editor - Daily Telegraph

Debenhams sold 2m bottles of perfume in 5 weeks to Xmas Eve. Men of Britain, you are very unimaginative...



UK Economy


@EvanHDEvan Davis – Radio 4 Today programme

I think most economists would argue that a) cutting less now gives you more growth, but b) not so much extra growth that you borrow less.


@EdConwaySky - Ed Conway - Economics Editor of Sky News

3 key surveys released today reveal: housing market improving (RICS), high st sales ditto (BRC) & recession not inevitable (BCC)


Phishing Email Scams


@paullewismoney - Paul Lewis - Radio 4 Money Box host

If you get an email offering refund from HMRC, IT IS A FAKE. Forward to [email protected] uk and delete permanently using Shift-delete


@paullewismoney - Paul Lewis - Radio 4 Money Box host

If you get suspicious email hover mouse over link and you will see where it is really from - but don't click on it that can download virus.


@paullewismoney - Paul Lewis - Radio 4 Money Box host

Interesting website lists top scam emails and where they are really from - thanks to @money2themasses