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Fuel duty – UK falls behind Europe in supporting motorists through cost of living crisis

News & Views

Finance expert Holly Andrews says more is needed from government to help consumer cope with spiralling fuel and energy costs.

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What now for the stock markets? Security in insecure times

Savings & Investments, Finance, News & Views

Volatility in the stock markets and inflationary pressures are putting pressure on our spending, but as Peter McGahan explains the reasons...

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Older people ‘unretiring’ – data reveals pension crisis prompting return to work

News & Views, Pensions

Nick Jones, head of retirement living at Lottie, warns of the impact the pensions crisis will have on older workers approaching retirement....

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Kill emotion to see through noisy financial data

News & Views, Savings & Investments

Headlines, hyperbole and emotions are not a sound base for your investment decisions, writes Peter McGahan

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ESG investing and greenwashing – the dirty secrets of UK funds

News & Views, Finance

Less than 10% of UK funds meet Environment, Social and Governance policies and the net is closing in. ...

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Managing your money to outsmart stagflation

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan continues his look at stagflation and the steps you should consider when managing your money. ...

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Protect your money – Stagflation has arrived

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan considers the impact of stagflation on the economy and how its consequences affect your buying power and savings.

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How to deal with inflation – best ways to reduce financial stress

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan looks at how you can deal with inflation by taking stock of your monthly expenditure....

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Record interest rates … risks danger of Stagflation

News & Views, Finance

As the newspapers scream of record interest rates, Peter McGahan asks why they are rising and what benefit to the economy is there? ...

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Rising energy bills – no help for pensioners in the Queen’s Speech

News & Views, Finance

Sarah Coles, host for Hargreaves Lansdown’s Switch Your Money On, reflects on the Queen's Speech and more importantly what was missing. ...

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Easy steps to reduce inflation – action needed

Finance, News & Views

Peter McGahan suggests the easiest steps to reduce inflation would be to apply a windfall tax but legislative action needs to be taken to...

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Pension poverty – 1000s face income worry as divorce rate soars

News & Views

New research shows a growing number of couples are divorcing in later life and separation can deal a critical blow to the financial wellbeing of both parties.

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Who is really driving inflation? Lobby groups and lies for profit

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan examines who profits from inflation and the unseen influence of lobby groups on our economy....

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How to spot scams – Impersonation text scam

News & Views, Finance

Louise Baxter-Scott of the National Trading Standards Scams Team and James Walker of data security experts Rightly, reveal how to spot and...

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How to safely hold your investments – Essential steps peace of mind

News & Views, Savings & Investments

Peter McGahan explains why you should understand where your investments are held and how to manage them effectively....

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Long-term social care – 5 myths exposed

Care and carers, News & Views

Long-term social care is fogged by many wrong assumptions. In this column, Sharon Bonfield debunks the five most common misconceptions. ...

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Key features of new no fault divorce law explained 

Relationships and dating, News & Views

Solicitor Megan Bennie explains why she believes new no fault divorce laws are sensible reforms that will bring a range of new options for couples considering whether to divorce.

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Financial plan – why goals are key to successful money management

News & Views

The past two years has paralysed many people revising their spending or creating a financial plan. Peter McGahan explains why it's time to...

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Energy crisis: Rising cost of energy prices sparks concern among elderly

News & Views, Finance

With the rising energy costs set to soar this Friday (1st April), Will Donnelly - Care Expert and Co-Founder of Lottie - has warned about...

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Soaring inflation could push over 55s onto the breadline

News & Views

36% of over 55s are worried that the financial pinch will hit them shortly as prices continue to rise.

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Debt advice – Driving forward change to support those in need

News & Views

Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) Chief Executive Caroline Siarkiewicz highlights MaPS work to transform debt advice to help those in need....

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Purchasing power of pensioners pummelled as inflation soars

News & Views, Finance

Helen Morrissey, senior pensions and retirement analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, looks at how inflation is putting pressure on pensioner...

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Equity, wealth and the worrying cost of inflation

News & Views, Finance

It’s the question we all want an answer to – will our costs continue to soar?

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Retirement planning – How to pass on your wealth to family

News & Views, Finance

Sharon Bonfield looks at your options If you hope to leave something to children or grandchildren after you've gone....

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Rising inflation – The rich get rich and the poor get poorer

News & Views

Peter McGahan continues his examination of inflation, how it is weakening your spending power and why banks stand to benefit....

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Will inflation continue to rise? Expert view

News & Views

Will inflation continue to rise? is the question many of us need answered. Peter McGahan takes a look at what is driving up the cost of living.

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Inflation bubbles and their devastating impact on society

News & Views, Finance

As the man on the street struggles to feed their families companies are posting profits of billions ...

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Inheritance Tax – Best ways to use resident nil rate band

News & Views, Tax • One Comment

'Inheritance Tax is about as popular as a politician' so take action to protect against it, writes Peter McGahan....

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Our biggest tax worries: the knowns and the great unknowns

News & Views

Taxes will rise in April and consumers are concerned – these are the known rises. However, they also fear further hikes to IHT, capital gains and savings. Sarah Coles explains why.

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Protection planning – take your 1st steps to financial security today

News & Views, Finance

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Peter McGahan looks at why protection planning is so important...

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Loyalty penalties – how to save £100s on your car insurance

Motoring, News & Views

The Financial Conduct Authority has clamped down on car insurance loyalty penalties offering consumers the hope of more affordable prices. ...

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Green living important to retirees

Finance, News & Views

A new report has revealed that green credentials are important for more than 80 per cent of those interested in living in a retirement...

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When you retire – a new beginning or panic stations?

News & Views, Pensions

Many people are still getting to grips with what the changing pension landscape means for them and what they need to do. ...

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Financially healthy 2022? Think smartly and sustainably

News & Views, Money Saving Tips

Look at the new year as an opportunity to refresh your financial plans and take back control of your money.

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‘Inflation proofing our money is essential particularly in today’s very unknown markets’

News & Views, Finance

Inflation is currently more than 2.5 times the inflation target the Bank of England is supposed to hit/stick to. Peter McGahan looks at...

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Wealth management – using crystal balls and expertise

News & Views, Finance

Have your investment and pension funds fallen either recently or in the past? David Woodward wealth manager and managing director of...

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Financially healthy Christmas

News & Views, Finance • One Comment

36% of women suffer stress, due to money, at Christmas, trying to make it as special as possible. Peter McGahan considers what you can do to prevent overspending.

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Easy Inheritance Tax tips

News & Views, Tax

Peter McGahan lays out some straightforward rules for mitigating the impact of inheritance Tax....

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Inheritance Tax – understanding the value loan trusts

News & Views

Peter McGahan explains how Loan Trusts can help you start the process of estate planning and mitigate exposure to Inheritance Tax....

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COP26 or sustainable living? Now or never time

News & Views

Soundbites and political facade, Peter McGahan questions what COP26 can deliver without strong leadership and action.

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Top 10 tips for finding the right care provider

Care and carers, News & Views

Sharon Bonfield examines the challenge of finding the right balance for your loved ones' care needs....

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Stagflation and your buying power

News & Views

How many remember the 300 year low inflation rate we currently have of 0.1 per cent, is well below the average since 1975 of 9.4 per cent?...

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The benefits of independent financial advice

News & Views

Peter McGahan discards the financial jargon for a common sense explanation of why it is necessary to seek independent advice when managing your finances.

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A new study reveals the increase of retirement age over the next 3 decades

News & Views

As life expectancy continues to rise across the world, naturally, the age of retirement tends to follow....

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Restricted or independent financial adviser?

News & Views

There is a world of difference between an independent financial adviser and a 'restricted' adviser. Peter McGahan explains how it can...

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Your local economy – cherish and protect it

Finance, News & Views

How the convenience of shopping online undermines the local economy and starves the Exchequer of tax revenue.

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Paying for care: don’t panic – plan!

Care and carers, News & Views

Paying for care is a challenge many families will face and failure to look ahead could have far reaching consequences if you rearrange your...

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Talking about money: helping daughters and granddaughters

News & Views, Finance

Why do women retire with a pension pot 40% smaller than men? Sharon Bonfield explains why and challenges us to talk more openly about money...

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Honest conversations: preparing for long term care

News & Views, Care and carers

There comes a time for us all when we need care. Peter McGahan takes a look at the importance of talking openly about and preparing for long term care.

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‘Get rich quick’ and other traps to look out for

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan asks, 'What does it mean to make a smart investment?' It's better to consider things carefully instead of buying into trends...

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Advantage of retirement planning for women at 50

News & Views, Finance

Sharon Bonfield looks at the opportunities to start new chapters in life for women after 50 and why retirement planning is crucial to...

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Dejá vu and risk of UK house price bubbles

News & Views, Property

Peter McGahan considers why the UK is prone to house price bubbles and how post pandemic savings and attitudes to work could be about to deliver another.

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Proven steps to take control of debt burden

News & Views

Peter McGahan looks at how many have slipped into the red for everyday spending and encourages us all to take control of debt....

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80% of Brits lack financial security in later life

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Study finds up to 80% of UK adults have insufficient equity to enjoy financial security in retirement. ...

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Inflation and mortgage rates beware a rise

News & Views, Property

If you are looking to mortgage or have a fixed-rate due to end, rises in inflation and rates could cause you concern. Peter McGahan...

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Tax efficient redundancy

News & Views, Tax

Peter McGahan considers the post-furlough economy and presents a few tips for you to consider if you are being made an offer of...

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Passive investing losses certain from climate change

News & Views, Savings & Investments

As markets move to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG’s), Peter McGahan argues that apathetic investors risk losses after being left with dirty stocks.

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Sneaky financial advertising relies on white lies

News & Views

Financial advertising is reaching near saturation levels. David Woodward looks for an escape and asks do these products hold any value...

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Passive investment hot air balloons

News & Views

In marketing any product, the aim of the marketeer is to make as much money from that product, often telling whatever story suits. Some are...

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Interest rates and inflation could see prices soaring

News & Views

May’s increase in inflation was largely down to clothing and footwear but many sectors haven’t yet passed on higher prices to consumers and things will feel very edgy over the coming months.

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Avoiding financial scams

News & Views • One Comment

UK bank fraud hit a new record of over £479m exacerbated by lockdown and as Peter McGahan reveals the crooks have a finely tuned strategy...

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Social care planning: what you should know

News & Views, Care and carers

Understand your exposure to the cost of social care writes Sharon Bonfield ...

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Loss of income – what do you do?

News & Views

1 in 6 working families would receive little or no help if the main earner was unable to work due to sickness!!!

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Dementia and unexpected financial risks

News & Views

Here we take a look at the challenges of helping someone manage their financial affairs and retain their independence....

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UK value stocks’ rocketing value

News & Views

Peter McGahan explains what value stocks are and why they are so attractive when inflation rates rise....

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Inflation: why it could surge after the pandemic

News & Views

We could be looking at an old-fashioned boom and bust phase of expansion and contraction within the next 18 months argues Ian Crowther, Senior Lecturer in Banking and Financial Markets at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Is the old investment world gone?

News & Views

Is the old investment world gone? Peter McGahan explains why we can't expect all previous models to continue to work....

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Stamp licking budget

News & Views

Peter McGahan looks at how the 2021 Budget will affect you as a consumer, your mortgage and lifetime allowance for pensions....

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Trump – End of an Error, launch of ESG

News & Views

America is back. Diplomacy is back. Peter McGahan comments on the Biden administration’s Environment, Social, Governance strategy and what that means for asset managers and dirty fossil fuel stocks.

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Is the UK stock market about to turn?

News & Views

Peter McGahan considers whether post COVID and Brexit we'll see a surge in the economy or a more punishing downturn....

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ISAs and tax efficient investments – the easily lost 22.5%

News & Views

We should all be conscious about the tax efficiency but as Peter McGahan cautions; choose your investment vehicle wisely....

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Drawdown plans top 1 million

News & Views

New data shows the number of drawdown pension plans and the number of those plans that are being transferred.

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How will the Coronavirus impact Stock Markets?

News & Views

While healthcare markets will undoubtedly benefit from the Coronavirus, the outlook for other markets - if global powerhouse China...

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Sterling bubbles & your post-election finances

News & Views

There is certainty on Parliament - a working majority gave a fillip to the pound, but as Brexit trade talks anything other than a really...

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Later life milestones: can you afford plan B?

News & Views

A report by the Office of National Statistics highlights some key life events facing older people that bring unexpected expense.

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More than 1/3 of over-55s living beyond their means

News & Views

A new report suggests more than a third (35%) of over-55s say their expenditure exceeds their income...

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Negative interest rates

News & Views

Peter McGahan looks at why some economies are hedging towards negative interest rate policies and what it could mean for savers and...

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Investment ‘best buy’ lists

News & Views

If you’re new to investing ‘best buy’ lists look at face value like a good start point but beware the opportunities that are promoted on price rather than performance.

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Trump’s Speedos economy

News & Views

Peter McGahan examines how President Trump's Twitter spats come at economic cost for US consumers but also ripple far further afield....

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Chasing the most consistent returns

News & Views

If you are investing for retirement income, Peter McGahan says diversify your investment strategy to ensure consistent returns. ...

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When easy money investments are too good to be true

News & Views

Peter McGahan explains how investors are caught by headlines and marketing blurb, and none can be more so than that of Innovative Finance ISA’s (IFISA).

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Succession planning for businesses

News & Views

Identify what you would like to happen with your business assets in your own Will and protect staff and shares in the enterprise you have...

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Over 50s small business owners unprepared for loss of key staff

News & Views

Small business owners over 50 are their risking financial future by failing to protect themselves against loss of key staff. Peter McGahan...

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49% saving on Life insurance costs

News & Views

Whether you’re a director or an employee, many people are missing out on the easiest of tax breaks by not setting up their life cover through a company group scheme, writes Peter McGahan.

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Selling high and buying low or vice versa

News & Views

How to avoid the classic mistake investors make - buying at a high, when everyone is buying, and sell at a low when everyone else is...

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Double edged sword of Woodford criticism

News & Views

The collapse of embattled stock picker Neil Woodord's fund empire, highlights the risk of putting all your eggs in one basket - no matter...

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BBC announces end of free TV licence for over 75s

News & Views

Three million households face losing right to free TV license in 2020 in “important and difficult decision”.

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Making money from volatility

News & Views

Volatility can be planned for and managed to produce the returns needed to create financial stability and security for your family, writes...

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Searching for financial mines with your foot

News & Views

The UK is known for its historic higher yields but with the current Brexit stalemate, UK domestic stock's share prices have been under...

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Rising care costs bleed life savings of older people

News & Views

A government cap on the cost of care will not prevent older people losing their life savings and homes, warns Independent Age

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Clever ways to balance your Brexit investments

News & Views

Many people are unaware how actively (or not), their investments are being managed or how exposed they are given the exceptional...

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How will Brexit affect my retirement pension?

News & Views

Brexit is imminent and many thousands of Britons still do not know how their pensions will fare when the UK exits the EU....

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Time to look again at ISAs!

News & Views

Money doesn’t grow on trees but as Tony Page explains the Innovative Finance ISA could help you feel like it does.

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How will Brexit affect my monthly bills

News & Views

As the interminable Brexit wrangles continue we take a look at how leaving the Eu will affect your monthly bills....

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Brexit B-Day house price risks

News & Views

Brexit: It's like trying to use a kitchen roll for a boat sail in a multiple angle storm....

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Tax free life insurance or 55% tax?

News & Views

Peter McGahan has news for the 8.5million breadwinners in the UK who have no life insurance at all – leaving the UK under insured by £263 billion.

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