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How to Search Google, Effectively

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Searching Google or other search engines effectively can be time consuming. Knowing how to find the gold value websites from the fools gold can be a nightmare.

With the increase in popularity of starting your own website or writing your own blog, the internet is becoming full of ‘noise’. That is sites that are content poor, or not appropriate to the subject you are searching for.

Cutting out this noise is a challenge for everyone, search engines included. Although the likes off Google try their best in giving results that match what you search for, it doesn’t always work.

That gem of a website you were looking for could be on page 5. How are you expected to find/ know about that? Well there are some things you can do to cut out the rubbish, by using filters and other techniques.

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Student Loan Interest Down to 2.5%


Student loan interest rates have fallen for the second month in the row after the Bank of England lowered the base rate to 1.5%. This has led to the student loans interest, falling to 2.5%, this took effect from the 9th January. Good news! For an explanation of how the rate is set please see my previous post, when the interest rate went down in December to 3%.

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Student Loan Interest Falls Again, Now 3%


Student loan interest rates fell in September, from 4.8% to 3.8% as reported here.

But now even more good news, student loans are again seeing another fall in interest from the 5th December. The new rate is 3%. Which should bring some welcome festive cheer to most students and those paying back their loan.

But why the sudden change?

The interest rate is usually set by the Retail Price Index figure for March, this then sets the rate from the September following. Alternatively, if lower, the rate is set from “the highest base rate of a number of major banks plus 1%”.

Usually RPI is lower. But due the current ‘credit crisis’, the Bank of England has been slashing the base rate. It currently stands at 2%. This has led to the interest rate on Student loans being reduced to 3% from the 5th December 2008.

So what does the future hold? Will rates go up or down?

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