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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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Insurers not providing full payment information

Insurers are failing to provide customers with easily understandable information about the costs of insurance products, according to a review by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Personal insolvencies lowest since 2005

The number of people becoming insolvent has fallen to the lowest level since 2005, according to official figures.

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Parties vow action on housing

Issues relating to housing are one of the hottest topics of this election campaign, with all the main political parties offering up potential policies aimed at fixing a sector of the economy widely seen as under strain.

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