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Renting property more expensive than buying

First time buyers pay almost 10% less each month than those who rent, according to research by Halifax.

One fifth of women are main breadwinners

Almost one fifth of women say they are the main breadwinner in their relationship, according to a study by Scottish Widows.

Retiree debt falls for third consecutive year

The average debt owed by retirees has fallen for the third consecutive year, according to research by Prudential.

1 in 4 parents pay child car insurance illegally

A quarter of parents with children learning to drive are illegally reducing their car insurance premiums, research by Gocompare has found.

Costs of raising a child up two-thirds

The cost of raising a child has increased by almost two-thirds since 2003, according to research by LV and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

First time house buyers highest in 7 years

The number of first time house buyers in 2014 increased to its highest level since the financial crisis, according to a report by Halifax.

Household financial pressure eases

The number of people concerned about their financial situation has fallen by a sixth over the past 12 months, a survey by MoneySuperMarket has found.

Many choosing to work beyond retirement age

Almost half of over-65s choose to work beyond the average retirement age, research by Zopa and Consumer Intelligence has found.

Errors found in a third of credit reports

More than a third of people who have checked their credit report in the last 2 years have found errors, research by uSwitch has found.

Low interest rates encourage savers to spend

More than two fifths of savers have made unplanned withdrawals in the last 12 months, according to a survey by Prudential.

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