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Personal finance press at-a-glance 18-19 January 2020

The cost of dying came under scrutiny in the money sections over the weekend. Elsewhere, Santander’s 123 current account came under fire, while retail investors were posed some big questions.

Financial Times
Investment study reveals poorer-than-expected performance from small-cap companies, reports Madison Darbyshire.
Josephine Cumbo explains how the Department for Work and Pensions is drafting in staff to deal with pension age queries.

The Guardian
Miles Brignall tells readers that app-based Monzo bank has been “freezing accounts for no apparent reason”.
A report says the costs of funerals is spiralling upwards according to Rupert Jones.

The Independent
In a similar vein, Kate Hughes also brings news of the increasingly pricey cost of dying.

The Telegraph
Dame Helena Morrissey, a new high-flying non-executive director at financial advisers St James’s Place, tells Jonathan Jones that the company’s fees aren’t transparent.
Sam Meadows tells readers everything they need to know about Brexit and pensions.
Meanwhile, Sam Barker advises the over-50s on how to beat rising car insurance premiums.

The Times
After changes to the product, Kate Palmer asks if it’s time for customers to ditch their Santander 123 current accounts.
Laura Whateley looks at the merits of bullying and extortion insurance.

The Mirror
Are credit card providers able to refuse refunds for faulty purchases? Emma Munbodh investigates.

The Sun
Alice Grahns reports on how victims of PPI mis-selling could be owed £350 million in tax.

The Mail On Sunday
Sarah Bridge offers a wealth workout for readers on everything from slimming down debts to boosting their ISAs.
Meanwhile, Jeff Prestridge asks if fund managers are gambling on companies they don’t understand.

The Sunday Times
Staying with investment, Ali Hussain reports on the big investors that are cashing in from star fund manager names and whether readers should do the same.
David Byers explains why home CCTV won’t lower your insurance.