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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.

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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.

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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.

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Households prioritise possessions over protection

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

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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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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.

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Free childcare plans brought forward

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

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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.

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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.

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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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