Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio Podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. We’ve had a few stats to digest this week with inflation continuing to rise, now up 1.8%, whilst employment remains at record highs according to the ONS. Behind the figures though we’re hearing much of this is based on freelance and zero-hours work with both salaries and interest rates failing to keep pace with the cost of living. With all this spelling disaster for savers there’s been a few interesting additions to Money Mail’s Best Buy table this week. Joining Georgie Frost to go through the options is Editor Simon Lambert and Personal Finance Editor Rachel Rickard Straus. Plus, we take a look at the new rate hikes threatening the future of small businesses and the costs of bereavement.
The Euro is at its lowest against a selection of currencies since last November - is this just down to increasing support for Marine Le Pen's French Presidency bid? And could we see more falls in the Euro? Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more.
The chancellor's insisting he's 'listening' to concerns rising business rates could push firms out of business.
The communities secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of misleading fellow Tory MPs.
More than one in four companies faces bigger bills as a result of planned changes from April.
But critics say the revaluation unfairly hits high street businesses.
Alan Soady from the Federation of Small Businesses told Share Radio's James Brydges that the rate change was one more challenge that businesses were having to face.
The team with over a quarter of a century of financial journalism under their belt joins us in the studio for their fortnightly catch up. This week I'm joined by editor Moira O'Neill and deputy editor Helen Knapman. They'll be talking us through their checklist for a stress free and financially secure divorce - is such a thing possible! - as well as how to save on a trip to the cinema. We'll also be bringing you the latest poll results among their readers, advice from the Investment Doctor and scams the team have come across this week.
Could an eco-friendly loan from California have global implications?
In the second part of Share Radio's Special Report into so-called PACE loans, Matt Cox investigates why some of those familiar with the product believe it's set to trigger a new subprime lending crisis.
The Labour Party is on shaky ground ahead of two crucial by-elections tomorrow - both seats were held by Labour but at least Copeland, in Cumbria, is now favoured to go to the Conservatives. What would a loss mean for Labour's future? Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher spoke with John Ashmore, chief reporter at Politics Home for the latest, including analysis of today's Prime Minister's Questions.
Lloyds Bank is firmly on the recovery track as it announced the biggest profit since the financial crisis - shares are up and the bank is paying a special dividend. And Hotel Chocolat's in 'retail nirvana' while challenger bank Metro Bank is on track to make its first annual profit. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher covered the day's top company news with Chris Bailey, founder of Financial Orbit.
For this week’s edition of Money Saving Expert Georgie Frost was joined by Consumer Writer Megan French. The duo looked at what to do with all your pound coins, how to beat shrinkflation on your groceries, whilst also rounding up the best deals from this week.
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The latest UK GDP figures shown a slight improvement in the fourth quarter but overall growth has softened to 1.8 percent. But will growth slow as Brexit negotiations kick off this year? And Lloyds Bank posts strong results. Chris Justham, Relationship Manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for analysis of the day's key economic news.
Georgie Frost was joined by Rachel Springall personal finance expert from moneyfacts.co.uk . Today on the agenda, they discussed Supreme court ruling for an income threshold for British citizens to bring non-European spouses into Britain. Plus they look into why there is a major mismatch in what men and women get in employer pension contributions meaning women face a shortfall of up to £47,000 by the end of their working lives. All these stories and more on The News Review.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the UK it faces a "very hefty" bill for Brexit. He promised two years of "tough negotiation", when discussions on leaving terms get under way between the government and the European Union. And French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has said he would like UK banks and workers to relocate to his country, following discussions with Theresa May. To discuss these stories and more of the political headlines of the day, Georgie Frost was joined by editor of Verdict.co.uk Billy Bambrough.