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Cost of children's school equipment rises

Parents will spend an average of £164 on purchases for children starting the new school year, research has found.

Consumers look to new payment technologies

Almost 4 in 10 current account holders think the rise of technology will eliminate the need to use cash in 10 years' time, research by Lloyds Bank suggests.

A third of pensioners in debt

Almost a third of retirees were still in debt at the time they stopped work, research by Old Mutual Wealth shows.

Protection insurers in record daily payout

Insurers helped a record number of families in 2014 with more than 350 payouts being made every day, according to figures published by the Association of British Insurers.

Banks not meeting needs of younger customers

More than two thirds of people aged 18-34 think their bank fails to cater for the financial challenges younger people face, research by uSwitch has found.

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.

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