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BarclaysUK retail banks lag their international peers in helping their online customers make better financial decisions, according to research published this week.

The UK segment of a study by global research and forecasting company Forrester rated Barclays highest of the eight largest UK retail banks and building societies in an attempt to find out how well each helps customers achieve their goals . Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Santander and the Co-operative Bank.

Using a set of a 53 criteria, Forrester created imaginary bank customer profiles, for example a woman who wants to create a budget for a holiday, set up a weekly balance alert and manage her bills and external accounts. It then worked out how easy it would be to achieve these goals at each of the banks. Features such as whether the website included a search engine, and whether the home page included key content and features, as well as how quickly the user can find a past transaction and many other factors, were all taken into account.

Barclays scored 66 out of 100, based on its success in account management, money movement, security and login and electronic statements. Barclays was the only bank in the UK to offer customers a digital vault. Lloyds Bank came second with 61 points, followed closely by Santander with 60.

Barclays onlineLloyds was commended as the only bank in the UK to offer “effective” money management tools, while Santander was identified for its strengths on cross-selling and transaction and balance alerts. Barclays offers money management, but only to its Premier customers and not to mainstream current account holders.

According to Forrester, the first step to help customers manage their money is to help them understand quickly and easily their current financial situation. Lloyds Bank gained a strong score in this area by offering customers a spending categorisation engine, along with a calendar view of finance showing incoming and outgoing funds across the month. Nationwide also provides a calendar and graphical view of cash flows, but without the spending categorisation engine.

None of the UK banks reviewed in the survey offer account aggregation, which is common service in the US. First Direct, an online-only subsidiary of HSBC, does offer aggregation of balances from accounts at other UK banks. Yorkshire Building Society launched account aggregation in May 2013 and lets customers aggregate external account data using a downloadable client-side password safe.

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I manage an IT Department for a company that has over 400 employees. Some supervisors, managers, and salespeople have notebook computers (assigned by us) and take it home. We generally discourage personal use, but it is permitted.
However, We do not allow other software to be installed, although some may find a way to install Quicken, Money, etc. What we dread is when they allow their kids to use the computers and they visit file sharing sites and the computers become infected with spyware. My staff then has to spend significant time removing this junk so their computers will speed up! Those in higher management positions keep doing this as they are too damn cheap to buy their own

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