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Finance not paying the bills

Jobs in the financial services industry are being slashed at the fastest rate since 1993, new research claims.

We all know about the highly publicised cases such as banking mergers and the problems at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

But what about smaller firms closer to home and away from the City.

Are family-run insurance firms standing strong against the recession in your town?

Do independent financial advisers never see the world outside their office any more because their services are so in demand?