Around 300,000 people who had hoped to pay off their mortgage this year face shortfalls. They are all victims of missselling of 25 year with-profits endowment policies. Almost three million more people will suffer a similar fate in the next few years, according to the Association of British Insurers. At the peak of the 80s housing boom, homebuyers were encouraged to take interest-only mortgages and rely on investment returns from an endowment to repay the loan at the end of the term, usually 25 years. In the 90s, £50 a month policies regularly turned a £15,000 investment into a £100,000 return. Today, they commonly pay out less than £30,000 for the same 25-year investment.