Will Becker's Blog

Welcome to my blog: The rest of the site covers personal finance and saving money. So these are my personal thoughts and musings on the orbits of finance and digital media.

About Will Becker

Will Becker

Will is the Managing Director and one of the founders of TotallyMoney. He has been working in and writing about personal finance for 15 years, the last 12 of which were focussed online.

Is the tech sector running scared of Google?

Last week, Google’s settlement offer to the EU Competition Commission was revealed. Predictably, the offer was pretty half-hearted. But the UK online comparison industry, which will be heavily affected, has so far remained publicly silent. Google was hoping to address the EU’s concerns that its promotion of its own vertical search services is anti-competitive (amongst… Read more »

The credit card innovation that’s going to decimate payday

Can I be the first to say that there’s innovation coming in credit cards that’s going to take huge chunks out of the payday market? Payday’s growth has been astonishing in speed and scale. The credit crunch and recession that followed left an enormous, underserved gap in the loans market beneath the high street lenders… Read more »

Britain’s billion pound tech success

Congratulations to MoneySupermarket.com. Our biggest competitor became a billion pound company for the first time this week as its share price climbed to an all-time high of £1.92. Moneysupermarket is a brilliant business and an enormous force for good. They claim to have saved consumers billions, I think that’s true: they’ve disrupted nearly every market vertical they’ve touched. They… Read more »

Help Consumers? Ignore the Law

This is a curious case about the credit regulations that even the Regulator appears to dislike. MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) is one of the most trusted and influential consumer finance websites in part because they explain things simply. In the interests of clarity MSE pretty much ignores the consumer credit advertising regulations and the regulator doesn’t seem… Read more »

Google avoids legal censure in US for monopolistic abuse: but is the FTC right? Here’s the inside track from the UK

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would not be taking legal action against Google for monopolistic abuses provided that Google changed some of its business practices relating to mobile patents. Interestingly, it found that Google had not skewed its search results to favour its own “vertical search” products.  That seems a strange… Read more »