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LV Launch New Website For Advisors

LV=, the leading retirement solutions and protection provider, has launched a new website for advisors. The new site brings all elements of previous web offerings for advisers from LV= together in one place, with various added benefits and services.

Among the additions to the new LV= advisor website is access to the full range of award-winning LV= products without having to log-in, with log-in only required for product quotes and applications. The log in process itself has also been simplified on the new site, with users having the option to use Unipass for further online security.

Users visiting the new site will also enjoy improved site navigation and the opportunity to download a range of product toolkits and support materials. Advisers can apply online to LV= for terms of business.

Justin Harper, Head of Adviser Marketing at LV=, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new adviser website. It was designed with one goal in mind – to make it as easy as possible for advisers to access information about LV= products and then transact business with us quickly and efficiently.

“Virtually all the information advisers need is just a couple of clicks away, so they can get the support they need with no hassle. A simplified log-in process, or the ability to use Unipass, means that getting quotes and submitting product applications is easier than ever.

“We are always looking at ways to improve the service we give to advisers and our new website is just one step along the way. Watch this space for further developments.”

About LV=
LV= is a registered trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.

LV= employs more than 3,800 people, serves over 3.6m customers and members, and manages around £7bn on their behalf. We are also the UK’s largest friendly society and a leading mutual financial services provider, supplying retirement solutions and many other award winning LV= products.

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Learn How to Customize Business Insurance Policies

With any insurance policy, the consumer should take the time and care in making a checklist with their insurance agent to make sure all their bases are covered. Only a personally tailored business insurance policy stands the chance of being efficient while also providing the necessary amount of coverage, according to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com.

“When venturing out and starting your own business, it’s important to financially protect it with a quality business insurance policy,” states the article titled, ‘Make Your Own Business Insurance Policy Checklist.’ “Having all of the right coverage options and necessary inclusions will protect you from serious financial loss later.”

Here are several necessities that should be included in any business insurance policy. Without these, a business insurance policy is pretty much obsolete. Depending on the nature of the business, some types of coverage should be emphasized while others should be minimal. Talk to a licensed professional about the needs of your specific business.

-Reparation/replacement coverage for any damaged property or assets
-Liability coverage with high enough limits
-Reimbursement of any income loss if the company temporary ceases productivity (this is known as interruption insurance)
-A deductible that fits within the framework of the company’s budget
-Optional: workers compensation and health insurance for employees

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Homeowners Insurance Tips for Halloween

Generally speaking, one doesn’t usually associate Halloween with homeowners insurance. One is a night of fun-filled night of adventure, sweets, and costumes while the other is, well, there. But when it comes to saving the headache and expense that goes into filing a homeowners insurance claim, even the most festive Halloween appreciator will perk up and listen. According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, homeowners planning a Halloween party should take a few simple precautions so they don’t find themselves in a claim situation.

Halloween is one of the few occasions where homeowners across the country actually invite total strangers onto their property. With all the elements involved, anything can go wrong and it is for that reason why a quality homeowners insurance policy is important. “If you are planning a relatively large party then you might want to consider additional homeowners insurance coverage,” states the article titled, ‘Halloween Parties Gone Bad: Homeowners Insurance Affected.’ “You should consult your home insurance agent about your options regarding additional coverage for an event such as a Halloween bash.”

The first step in keeping a Halloween party safe is keeping the pets away. Even the most gentle of animals can go off on an unsuspecting guest without notice. This could, unfortunately, lead to a costly homeowners liability insurance claim. So don’t take the chance and just lock Fido in the basement for the night.

Home fires are another unfortunate occurrences at some Halloween festivities. With Jack-O-Lanterns and candles in bags lighting walkways, any number of circumstances could take place which could result in an untimely and unfortunate house fire. So be cautious and don’t be a part of the staggering statistics relating holidays and house fires.

Halloween is supposed to be a worry-free night of fun and adventure. So keep it that way with the aforementioned simple precautions. Visit InsuranceAgents.com today to learn more about saving on all types of insurance.

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No Kidding – Average Age of Child on Parent’s Car Insurance is 31

In the past year the average age of a child named as a second driver on their parent’s car insurance policy has shot up from 25 to 31 years old, according to new research from uSwitch.com. As the recession takes its toll on the Bank of Mum and Dad, 10 million drivers (39%) have a second named driver on their policy and 2.5 million (10%) of these are offspring.

Being named on a parent’s policy is a legitimate practice, providing that the child in question is not the main driver of the vehicle. However, with insurance premiums on the up, high petrol prices and other escalating costs, keeping a car on the road has become challenging for many young motorists. As a result, many are putting themselves on the wrong side of the law by indulging in a fraudulent practice known as ‘fronting’.

‘Fronting’ takes place when a young person buys and registers a car in their own name, but the insurer is falsely told that a parent is the main driver – and cases have shot up since the onset of the recession. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), ‘fronting’ and other forms of insurance fraud have increased by 30% since 2007 and the cost of undetected fraudulent general insurance claims is now estimated at £1.9 billion a year, up 24% from £1.6 billion two years ago.

Ultimately consumers end up paying the price for this activity – insurance fraud now adds an average of £44 a year to every household’s general insurance costs.

In addition to ‘fronting’, some young motorists are taking cost cutting to an extreme with as many as one in five (250,000) 17-20 year olds driving without insurance, according to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). In the current economic climate it’s also unsurprising that many feel forced to downgrade their type of cover to the more affordable ‘Third Party’.

Young drivers are not alone in this – one in five (20%) of all third party policy holders have opted for a reduced level of cover because they are simply unable to afford fully comprehensive cover in the current financial environment.

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Market Conditions Spell Good News For Life Insurance Policy Holders

Homeowners often fail to review their life Insurance when searching for the cheapest mortgage deal, but with both the cost of cover and their mortgage balance having fallen, many could make substantial savings just by switching life insurance providers.

Many borrowers with repayment mortgages are unaware that to ensure there is sufficient life insurance to repay their mortgage, life insurance companies assume an average interest rate for the life of the mortgage, often around 10%.

As many borrowers have not paid anything like 10% recently, and have made overpayments, their mortgage balance may well be significantly below the amount of life insurance cover.

This gives them the opportunity to reduce the level of insurance and save money, or with the cost of life cover now cheaper and competition stiff, get the same amount or even increase their cover for the same monthly outlay.

One L&C customer recently increased their life assurance from £390,000 to £423,000 to cover their new mortgage, but managed to reduce their premium, saving themselves around £130 per month.

L&C’s Richard Morea said:
The UK population is massively underinsured as a whole, so taking advantage of smaller mortgage balances and reduced premiums provides a great opportunity to make better provision for our families, without breaking the bank.

For more information and no-fee advice, life insurance policy holders should call free on 0800 0731932.

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London & Country Mortgages Are Looking To Educate Consumers About The Importance Of Life Insurance

The protection gap in Britain is often talked about with various reasons being given for consumer s not taking this important cover. These include life insurance is too expensive, state benefits will be enough and that it is just not necessary as savings will cover any expense or loss of income. The stark reality is that people just don’t think anything will happen to them.

It appears there is poor understanding about the chance of having a serious illness, being made redundant or having an unexpected bereavement in a family. L&C, the UK’s leading fee free mortgage and protection broker are looking to educate consumers about the importance of life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection through a series of short video films. The first, Why you should protect your mortgage talks about the risks and how these may be mitigated with the right cover in place.

This free video is available at, http://www.lcplc.co.uk/videos/protecting_your_mortgage. For a FREE no obligation protection review call L&C on 0800 0731932.

London & Country (L&C) is the UK’s leading no-fee mortgage broker. Based in Bath, it provides whole of market advice via telephone and post to clients nationwide. As well as residential mortgages, it also specialises in the Buy-to-Let and adverse-credit sectors.

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Find Security in Term Life Insurance

In the midst of massive job cuts, more and more people are finding themselves separated from benefits like healthcare and life insurance. While it’s not guaranteed that you will get sick and need healthcare, it is guaranteed that, one day, you will pass on. That makes life insurance possibly the most important insurance policy a person can have. But with all the kinds of life insurance out there, which one is the best for you?

According to a recently published article on Insuranceagents.com, any number of life insurance policies may work for you, but oftentimes the most affordable is term life insurance.

Term life insurance can provide you with some security between jobs or if you’re working only part time or at a temporary job. According to the Insuranceagents.com article, “Term Life Insurance: Get Peace Of Mind,” it doesn’t matter if you are a single, a married or single parent, old or young, rich or poor, term life insurance can be an affordable service for everyone.

It’s affordable because “it’s purchased for a specific amount of money and a specific amount of time (called the term). There is no cash value except for the death benefit. If you don’t die before the term runs out, the company owes you nothing,” which is why providers can afford to offer it for such a low rate, according to the Insuranceagents.com article.

30 Year term life insurance is a competitive commodity so it pays to shop around and see where you can find the best rate,” recommends the article. “Using online quotes is a smart way to do just that. In no time you can compare rates and choose the carrier you want, without ever leaving home. Look for a name you can trust. There are many large insurance companies providing term life so it won’t be hard to find the right company.”

For more information or to receive life insurance rates from up to five local agents, visit InsuranceAgents.com.

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Recession Raises Fear Of Identity Theft

New research from Lloyds TSB has revealed 76% of adults are currently worried about identity theft and 39% feel more at risk now than they did six months ago, with the recession playing a major contributing factor. The research was conducted September 2009 by ICM for Lloyds TSB amongst 1,000 UK adults aged 18+ years.

Over half (52%) of those concerned about ID theft believe that the recession has increased the risk as rising unemployment drives more people towards criminal activity and ID theft. Coupled with this, is the fear expressed by 57% of people that social networking sites have made it easier to steal personal details – a 10% increase on those with the same worries last year.

The study shows that as many as 38% of Brits have experienced ID fraud, with almost half of those (18%) having been victims personally. However, 57% of those surveyed admit that they have not done enough to protect themselves and 25% don’t know how.

According to CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, it takes an estimated 48 man hours to repair the damage resulting from fraud, and the cost to victims is frequently as high as £8,000. Typically, it takes an average of 539 days for someone to discover that they’ve been a victim of ID theft and it is on the increase; latest CIFAS figures show that it increased by 15% in 2008.

To combat this growing trend, Lloyds TSB has launched its ID Aware prevention and advisory service to help protect customers and bring them peace of mind.

Lloyds TSB’s ID Aware product allows customers to stay on top of their credit status and safeguard their identity, providing credit monitoring services and an early warning system to alert the customer to any activity involving their account. In addition, customers benefit from access to their credit status and payment history in one easy-to-understand document showing all credit cardsmortgages and loans. Credit alerts to warn the customer in the event that someone has been checking their credit status or doing anything fraudulent that affects their credit score. And if the worst should happen, expert help is on-hand. ID Aware provides 24 hour access to an advisor who will take control and set everything back on track.

Jatin Patel, spokesperson for Lloyds TSB commented: “As technology improves, it gets easier and easier for criminals to steal our identities and during tough economic times the temptation becomes greater. Protecting ourselves by shredding documents and protecting passwords is a good start, but having someone else keep an eye on your ID offers extra peace of mind.”

Lloyds TSB is also offering help and guidance through the National Identity Fraud Prevention Week (NIFP) which Lloyds TSB has supported from its birth in 2005. The Group will be putting up posters and providing leaflets in branches detailing ways to spot potential fraud. The bank is also giving information on how customers can protect themselves by safeguarding documents and making it as difficult as possible for criminals to access personal information.

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64% Rise In The Number Of Drivers Being Clamped In The Last Year

LV= has revealed a 64% rise in the number of drivers being clamped in the last year. Municipal clampers typically charge £116 and private clampers £120, with the legality of private clamping companies currently under dispute.

According to the research from car insurer LV=, local councils took £21m in clamping fees over the last 12 months compared with £58m taken by private clamping firms.

It’s not just the fines drivers have to pay; according to the research 4% of drivers who had their car clamped ended up with damage to their vehicle adding to their financial woes.

As the private clamping industry is currently unregulated, motorists have no official route of complaint or to get money back in the event of being unfairly clamped. Driver who find themselves in this situation are advised that the most effective route of complaint is to send a letter via recorded delivery including relevant photography of the clamped vehicle and localised area.

The rise in clamping by private firms has been particularly dramatic over the last 12 months, increasing from 292,023 incidences to 486,705 incidences, year on year.

The most common reason cited by people for parking on private land is the lack of available legal parking spaces in the vicinity (12%). LV= is calling on the government to increase legislation on private clamping companies and increase the number of parking spaces available.

17% of drivers believe they were clamped even though they were being parked legally and 59% said there was little or no warning displayed to indicate they were parking in a private space.

Moreover, 11% of those clamped by private individuals said their vehicle was not released immediately, even after they had paid the release fee. And a number of the motorists interviewed said they received high levels of abuse from private clampers.

John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: “What we’re seeing is a huge surge in the number of drivers being landed with unreasonable and extortionate fines. Private clampers make millions every year and in some cases are using intimidating and aggressive tactics to raise money from drivers who have unknowingly parked in the wrong place.

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The Relationship Between Dog Bites And Homeowners Insurance

All dog owners like to think that their little ball of fur and love is nothing but. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and any dog owner who is also a homeowner would be wise to make sure they have enough liability coverage on their policy as well as coverage for any or all dogs they own specifically listed in their policy.

According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, dog bites account for 30 percent of all liability claims on homeowners insurance policies. Although listing dogs with aggressive reputations can raise homeowners insurance premiums, not listing these dogs could result in financial disaster if the dog bites someone. Lawsuits and medical bills are bound to pile up and that is why adequate liability coverage is necessary.

“The last thing any dog owner, or homeowner, wants is to have to file a homeowners insurance claim as a result of a dog bite,” according to the article, ‘Dog Bites and Homeowners Insurance Claims.’ “Be careful and use common sense if you have a dog and have company over. If the dog is prone to aggressive behavior then isolate him or her from your guests. Accidents happen, yes, but can be avoided if you take the right precautions.”

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Lloyds TSB is Hitwise UK Online Performance Award Winner

Lloyds TSB has been named the number one website in the Business and Finance – Banks and Financial Institutions category for January – June 2009 in the latest Hitwise UK Online Performance Awards program. The annual Hitwise UK Online Performance Awards recognise excellence in online performance through public popularity, awarding websites in more than 50 key industries online.

This year is the fifth Hitwise Annual Awards and Lloyds TSB has been awarded number one every year since the awards began.

In addition to the Internet Banking top spot, online.lloydstsb.co.uk was also awarded a Hitwise Top 10 Online Performance Award for January – June 2009, ranking number two based on market share of visits among all UK websites in the Hitwise Business and Finance – Banks and Financial Institutions industry.

Results of the Hitwise UK Online Performance Awards are based on the Internet usage of more than 8 million UK Internet users with winners receiving the greatest market share of UK visits throughout the first half of 2009 in their online industry.

Jason Bacon, head of Digital Marketing for Lloyds Banking Group which includes Lloyds TSB said: “The Internet has fast become one of the most popular ways for customers to get information about financial services and to do their banking. Over the years we made sure that our online services evolve to meet customers’ needs and as a result we’ve seen both our website and our internet banking service grow in popularity. This award is a fantastic recognition of that.”

Daniel King, General Manager of Hitwise UK said, “With the dynamics of online marketing continually evolving, the online success of LloydsTSB during 2009 is an incredible achievement. Receiving a Hitwise UK Online Performance Award acknowledges that Lloyds TSB is amongst the most popular websites visited by UK Internet users, signifying the strength of their online marketing”.

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Brits Will Spend More Than £1.7billion On Cat And Dog Food This Year

M&S Money has reported that Brits will spend more than £1.7billion on cat and dog food this year, and now the insurance provider is giving pet owners a chance to win a years’ supply of pet food.

Anyone who takes out or renews an M&S Pet Insurance policy before December 31st 2009 will be entered into a prize draw. There will be six prizes of Royal Canin dry pet food for one cat or one dog for one calendar year.

Last year £1.7billion (Estimated cost according to Mintel Report Pet Food and Pet Care Retailing, Retail Intelligence, October 2008) was spent on feeding the nation’s 14.5 million cats and dogs.

Consumers are becoming more concerned about what they feed their pets. A recent survey found that 90% of pet owners know that what they feed their pet affects is
health and therefore they want to feed their pets the best-quality food. High-quality premium foods are therefore a growing market sector.

Pet owners who want to keep their cats and dogs on a healthy diet but still keep costs down are increasingly turning to online pet stores. Bestpet, an online pet pharmacy and shop, has seen a 30% increase in sales of premium cat and dog food in the past year. The site sells pet medication and food costing up to 50% less than prices found at veterinary surgeries.

Charles Sweeney of Bestpet Pharmacy said: “Obesity is an increasing problem among cats and dogs. Pets that carry too much weight can suffer from heart complaints, diabetes and arthritis.

“Responsible pet owners who ensure their cats and dogs have a healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce expensive vet bills in the future.”

M&S Pet Insurance policyholders can benefit from reduced pet food costs with a 5% discount from Bestpet.co.uk.

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Research Finds Brits Seriously Undervalue Their Wardrobe

New research from home insurer LV= reveals many people are seriously underestimating the value of their clothes, shoes and bags when calculating their home contents insurance. The research shows that on average people estimate their clothes are worth around £1600 with accessories such as dress jewellery and watches valued at a further £1,300. However experts at LV= estimate the true average cost of a wardrobe to be over double this at £6000.

Omnibus research was carried out by Opinium on behalf of the home insurer LV=. 2004 online interviews were carried out between 11-15 September 2009.

LV= home contents insurance experts estimate that the average women’s wardrobe is worth around £7,000, with clothes adding up to £5000 and accessories, including items of jewellery worth less than £1500 each, adding another £2000. Men’s wardrobes are estimated to be worth slightly less at £5000 but are more likely to include expensive business and sports attire.

With levels of ‘wardrobe’ underinsurance so high, LV= is warning Brits to ensure they consider how much it would cost to replace all their clothes, shoes and accessories in the event of their property being flooded or hit by a fire.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for LV= home insurance, commented: “The majority of homeowners have contents insurance but we estimate the levels of ‘wardrobe’ underinsurance to be around 70%. When valuing their contents people just tend to think about expensive jewellery, electronics and items of furniture such as sofas, beds and dining tables and forget how much it would cost to replace their clothing, shoes and everyday jewellery should the worse happen.

“Although it’s a relatively small percentage of claims where we see an entire wardrobe’s contents destroyed if you are underinsured you could find that your insurer will reduce the amount they pay out to reflect the cover taken out.”

As well as home insurance cover not fully covering attire in the home, under half (42%) of contents polices sold include personal possessions insurance. Personal possessions cover insures belongings that are regularly taken out of the home, such as bags, ipods, laptops and clothing against theft, damage or loss.

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Tips to Save Money on Life Insurance

The very word, life insurance, is self explanatory. “Our prime objective is to safeguard our lives and that of our family, by making a financial provision for them following our death”, founder of Insure4USA.com stated. Of all the various kinds of insurance in the market, life insurance is the most important. The benefits that you can derive are worth every penny you invest. Insurance industries compete with each other for a niche in the market and offer a variety of discounts. Like any other insurance, you need to pay a premium on life insurance too. You also have to meet various financial commitments and therefore need to set aside enough money to meet all these obligations. However, with a little bit of effort you can save money on your life insurance premium. The good news is that premiums have dropped over the past decade, and are expected to drop even further.

A new Insure4USA.com article offers following these tips that will help you to save on life insurance:

Calculate the long term needs of your family

Prior to purchasing life insurance, you need to have an idea of how much it would cost to cover all the expenses of your spouse until retirement, and children until their adulthood. There are plenty of online calculators available to help you figure out your needs. Once you have an idea about how much you need, choosing the appropriate life insurance will be much easier. You don’t need to spend too much on a premium that is not required.

Shop online for quotes

Most insurance companies offer online quotes. The idea is to get as many quotes as possible and shortlist a few that fit within your budget. There is a competitive market out there so make the most of it. However, don’t just settle for the lowest premium, since the credibility of the insurance company is as important.

Term-life vs. cash life

Term life coves the risk of death during a year, and is a temporary insurance. In effect, term life insurance does not have any cash value. Nominees will receive the insured amount in case of death of the policy holder during the year. This is ideal for the average person, where coverage diminishes, as you get closer to retirement. Cash value policies on the other hand are more geared towards wealthy individuals. Therefore, in order to save money a term-life policy is a better option.

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LV= Is Inviting Its Members, Customers And Website Visitors To Share Photos Of What They Love In Life

LV=, insurance, pensions and investment group is inviting its members, customers and website visitors to share photos of what they love in life, and be in with the chance of winning £1,500.

The competition’s theme ties in with LV=’s overall aim as a financial solutions and insurance provider, to help people look after the things that they love in life.

The photo could be of a family member or friend, a pet, or a treasured possession like a car or house, even a place they love to go on holiday.

The online photo competition judges aren’t looking for an ‘expert’ photo, but a picture that captures something that the entrant really cares for, in the most original, visually appealing and self-explanatory way.

Details of the competition have already been emailed to a large number of LV=’s customers and to competition websites, and already some excellent entries have been received and loaded up to view. And even if entrants don’t win the first prize of£1,500, there are three runners-up prizes of £250 to be had.

To take part in the competition entrants will need to register themselves as a member of the LV= online community, and then it’s simply a case of loading up their photos. The closing date is 31 October 2009.

Alan Lay, LV=’s Web Content Manager, said: “The LV= community has been very popular with our members since its launch, and this new competition is an ideal way for existing and new members to share what they really love in life with the wider community. Judging by the high quality of photos that we’ve already received, it’s going to be tough to choose the winners, though we’re sure that there are even better examples out there just waiting to come in.”

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By Lowering The Risk You Can Save on Home Insurance

There are many factors that affect home insurance quotes. Things such as the neighborhood the house is located in, the neighborhood’s crime statistics and the amount of security the home contains are all major components. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com reveals that the more secure a house is, the cheaper home insurance rates it will produce.

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For homeowners interested in preventing break-ins—not just to reduce insurance rates but also to ensure the safety of your family and belongings—they may want to consider taking certain steps to increase home security. The first step they can take is to install deadbolt locks on their doors.

“Statistics show that thieves tend to stay away from houses with deadbolt locks on ground level doors,” the article, Low Risk Behavior: Prevent Break-Ins And Reduce Home Insurance, states. “They take substantially longer to break into thus increasing their risk of getting caught. Simply put, deadbolt locks deter robberies and reduce home insurance.”

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Identity Burglary Crime Wave is Hitting Homeowners

LV= has revealed in a new report that one in seven burglaries last year was carried out solely in an attempt to steal the homeowner’s personal details.

A quarter of all burglary victims in the past year fell prey to ID fraud as a direct result of a break in. The research from home insurer LV=, which questioned both burglary victims and convicted fraudsters, reveals the scale of the crime and fraudsters’ tricks of the trade.

‘ID burglary’ is estimated to cost the UK over £150 million per year to rectify and according to the report the number of home burglaries involving personal data theft is predicted to rise by 33% year on year if ID fraud continues to increase at its current rate.

The LV= report found that credit cards, coupled with a form of ID such as a bank statement, utility bill or National Insurance number, are prized items on the black market as they make it easier for fraudsters to steal an identity. Individual identity documents can change hands for around £15, whereas fraudsters will typically pay £150 for a ‘bundle’ of personal identity information.

One fraudster said: “So many people make my job really easy by sticking all the key documents together in one place. And for all the family too, so you often get three or four identities for the price of one, so to speak.”

While ‘identity burglars’ are becoming more common, even thieves after more traditional items such as purses or wallets are likely to take the opportunity to steal personal details as well, because they know they can sell these on. Around 94% of handbags, wallets and purses contain at least one form of personal identity document.

To help assist the growing number of people affected by ID fraud, the LV= home insurance policy now includes free access to a special identity fraud helpline.

John O’ Roarke, managing director of LV= home insurance, said: “As the trend for identity fraud increases, we would strongly urge homeowners to take appropriate measures to limit their chances of being targeted by thieves and fraudsters. As well as installing home security measures such as burglary alarms and security lights, homeowners should ensure they store personal documents securely and if possible separately to minimise the risk of ID theft.”

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Majority Of Over 50s Unaware Of October ISA Limit Increases

Lloyds TSB has revealed new research that shows two thirds (61 per cent) of over 50s do not understand the approaching ISA changes which will enable more than 21 million savers to benefit from an increased tax free savings allowance.

As part of this year’s budget, the Chancellor announced that the total ISA limits would increase from £7,200 to £10,200, £5,100 of which can be saved in cash. For those born on or before 5th April 1960 the new limits come into effect on October 6th, whilst younger customers will need to wait until the start of the 2010/2011 tax year next April.

Despite the imminent changes, the findings show that just 15 per cent of over 50s know that the new ISA limit will be set at £10,200. Four out of ten over 50s are not even aware that increases have been announced.

Lloyds Banking Group customers can take full advantage of the increased limits, as the Group has confirmed that all of its ISA products will accept top ups when the new rules come into effect on 6th October.

Colin Walsh, managing director of savings and investment, Lloyds Banking Group commented: “As the UK’s largest ISA provider, we want our customers to be able to reap the benefits of the new rules and make use of their entitlement. This historic low rate environment has meant a challenging time for savers, especially for those who rely on returns to supplement their monthly income, so maximising your full tax free allowance has never been more important.”

Savers will be able to top up their existing ISA balance in any of the Group’s fixed and variable rate cash ISAs, as well as investment ISA products. New customers can also take advantage of the new entitlement and open one of the competitive products offered by the Group’s ISA brands, which include Halifax, Lloyds TSB, Scottish Widows, Bank of Scotland, Cheltenham & Gloucester, Birmingham Midshires and Intelligent Finance.

Colin Walsh continued: “Traditionally the ISA transfer market peaks in April around the new tax year, but this year’s changes will no doubt result in a ‘mini ISA season’ as savers look to take advantage of competitive rates on an increased balance.”

Earlier this year, Lloyds Banking Group announced its participation in electronic transfers for the cash ISA market, allowing customers to benefit from a more efficient process and reducing the delays caused by sending cheques in the post.

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How To Lower Your Insurance Premiums During the Recession

During a recession, such as we are currently experiencing, it is essential that all businesses should reduce their expenditure wherever possible. It is a simple fact to understand that when income falls, expenditure must also be reduced in order to balance the books. When businesses have completed their cost-cutting exercises in the obvious areas, such as payroll and suppliers, they look to make savings in the peripheral areas of expenditure- such as insurance.

All businesses are required to hold insurance cover to a greater or lesser extent, be it material damage, goods in transit or the legally unavoidable road risk cover and employers liability insurance. Staveley Head, one of the UK’s leading motor trade insurance providers, has some important advice for those looking to reduce their insurance premiums. A spokesman said “Many people will opt for policies which are cheaper because the additional benefits such as windscreen cover or a courtesy vehicle in the event of an accident have been excluded from the policy. This can prove a false economy as the reduction in premium will only be marginal, and those benefits can prove very worthwhile if and when needed. It is far more effective to look at areas we tend to take for granted. Many policyholders request any driver cover because once in a blue moon, due to illness or holidays perhaps, someone else will be required to drive their vehicle. This is a very costly way of covering that eventuality. It is far cheaper to name on the policy the drivers you think you may need, and even cheaper again if it is your spouse or partner.”

The Staveley Head representative went on to say “It is also worthwhile considering an additional voluntary excess on the policy, certainly for careful and claim-free drivers. If you divide the amount of the voluntary excess by the number of years since your last claim and compare that to the annual saving in premium it should give you an indication of the overall economy of increasing your excess. Keeping your vehicle overnight in a garage or secure compound or driveway will also reduce your premium. A low annual mileage will also produce a lower premium. The annual average is between ten and twelve thousand miles, but if you only cover five thousand miles a year tell your insurer. Less miles means less risk for your insurer and consequently less premium. There is a number of ways that premiums can be reduced without losing any benefit in cover, and Staveley Head will be delighted to assist and advise anyone if they contact us on our website at www.staveleyhead.co.uk or telephone us on 0845 017 9991.”

Via EPR Network
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