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Next Door

UK residents typically know just four of their neighbours by name, according to a new study from Aviva.  One in 10 UK adults – equivalent to around five million people – don’t know any of their neighbours by name. This increases to one in six people aged under 25 (17%) and one in eight aged […]

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No need to break the Piggy Bank

New research by Halifax shows children across the UK are slowly turning to alternatives to the humble piggy bank. Two years ago 80% of children said they still owned a piggy bank; in 2019 this has fallen eight percentage points to 72%. In line with this drop in porcine penny gate-keepers, the number of children […]

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Debt on the rise

According to the latest statistics from the ONS, total household debt in Great Britain was £1.28 trillion in April 2016 to March 2018, of which £119 billion (9%) was financial debt and £1.16 trillion (91%) was property debt (mortgages and equity release), rising by £12 billion (11%) in the latest period.  The rise is up […]

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Advice Pays

Quantifying the value of financial advice has always been a challenge because people who take financial advice have different characteristics to those who do not. But what if it was possible to control for those differences and isolate a pure ‘advice effect’? This was the challenge set by Royal London to researchers at the International […]

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Don’t wait

An estimated six million men have never checked themselves for testicular cancer, research by Bupa UK  revealed. The study of 1007 UK men aged 18 and over, unveiled as part of Bupa’s ‘Check Your Tackle’ campaign, also found that men wait for three weeks on average before getting a potential cancer symptom checked. Many mistakenly […]

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Christmas Shopping

Consumers are expected to spend an average £1,522 each during the festive season, with the most money being spent on Christmas getaways, gifts and hosting parties, research from American Express reveals. On average, consumers are predicted to spend £458 on Christmas getaways, which is followed by £312 on gifts and £124 on hosting parties, the […]

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Walk Away

RAND Europe and Vitality have published a global study on the economic impact of physical inactivity, illustrating the significant influence of regular exercise on economic growth, workforce productivity and life expectancy.  The study determines the economic benefits of increased physical activity globally, and for 23 individual countries. It shows that if all adults aged 18-64 […]

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A dog’s life

New research from Barclays has revealed that money worries are negatively impacting students’ anxiety levels (61 per cent), mental health (55 per cent), sleep (52 per cent) and even relationships (34 per cent) as a huge 83 per cent admit that they worry about running out of money during their first term. In fact, more […]

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Confidence Returning?

The October 2019 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors UK Residential Market Survey continues to show a subdued sales market, with negative readings covering new buyer enquiries, agreed sales and new instructions. Near term expectations for sales over the next three months have improved a little, and a stable trend is now anticipated – potentially indicating […]

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