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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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