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Value of insurance fraud at record high

The number of fraudulent insurance claims detected by insurers increased by 9% between 2013 and 2014, research by the Association of British Insurers has found.

Fake financial services top cold-call scams

Fraudulent banking services, credit brokers and investment opportunities are the most common scams used by cold-callers, according to analysis by Citizens Advice.

Optimism for first-time buyer market grows

Confidence in the first-time buyer market has grown over the past 3 years, a report by Halifax has suggested.

Households prioritise possessions over protection

Fewer than 4 in 10 people view life insurance as essential, according to a report by Scottish Widows.

Life insurance payouts fail to match mortgage costs

Under-insurance is causing a 'protection gap' for UK families planning to use life insurance payouts to pay down their mortgage.

Families could miss out on IHT relief

Up to 3,000 families may miss out on the government's proposed changes to inheritance tax, according to analysis by NFU Mutual.

Free childcare plans brought forward

Government plans to extend free childcare provisions for working families have been brought forward to 2016.

Childcare most costly aspect of raising children

Raising a child costs parents around £35,000 in the first 5 years of its life, research by Aviva has found.

Record increase in household wealth

Total household wealth reached an estimated £9.1 trillion at the end of 2014, according to research by Lloyds Bank.

Consumers lose money on unused subscriptions

More than 4 in 10 consumers are paying for unused subscription services, a survey by TopCashback suggests.

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