Welcome to another episode of This is Money, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. This week, Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce team up with Georgie Frost to deliver you the best of financial journalism and analysis this week. And who knows where Brexit will take us, but the simple fact is for now Europe still has a profound effect. Most notably Germany this week, as serious instability at Deutsche Bank, the country’s largest bank, and massive job cuts at Commerzbank, it’s second biggest, are sending waves through the banking sector this side of the channel. It’s not all bad news for the Germans though, as their budget supermarket Aldi is eating up more of the market share in Britain, though it seems at the expense of their own profits as well. Sustainable strategy? We’ll have to wait and see.
Also on the show, the World Economic Forum raises its estimation of the British economy, the Help to Buy scheme has run its course, BHS gets a digital resurrection, and the gang give their favourite of their 50 top savings tips.
This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost, in partnership with NS&I.
Welcome to This is Money, the show and podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week, editor Simon Lambert is away, so Share Radio's Georgie Frost is teaming up with Personal Finance Editor Rachel Rickard Straus and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce to dive into the biggest money stories this week. And this week, it seems all the Brexit Doom-and-Gloom might have been all for nought, as OECD figures show Briton's are weathering the storm nicely. But don't breathe out just yet, as we take a close look at economic evaluations, models and predictors. Are they worth the time? We'll find out. And the banks aren't feeling too comfortable with this news, as they slash valuation terms in preparation for a housing slump. We'll also be looking at one of the crown jewels of the last budget losing it's shine, and we'll find out just how susceptible to a nudge you might be.
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Sara Benwell, Digital Editor of Pensions Insight, joins Share Radio's Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher to go through the day's financial news. Top on the agenda, shoppers are seemingly oblivious to this supposed Brexit uncertainty, as retail sales barely dip. Retail giant John Lewis is hardly basking in the glow, though, as pre-tax profits continue to plummet. Also on the show, nearly a third of homeowners have been put off moving because of stamp duty costs, and a record 44 Billion pounds were shelled out by British business this financial year.
This week financial journalists Lindsay Cook and Anne Caborn take on credit. We find out which bank has earned the Golden Gloves this week. Plus how to negotiate pub rounds and splitting restaurant bills.
On the show this week, we're taking a look back at the very best of our weekly financial analysis and commentary, in partnership with NS&I, over the past few months. And what a few months it has been! From Brexit to the Bank of England rate cuts, and don’t forget the BHS and Sports Direct scandals. We’re going to take you back, and get some perspective on it all. Maybe it will start to make sense... We'll also be looking at the major takeover of Britain’s own ARM holdings, a much-loved current account getting its rates slashed, and the best and worst of Great British Auto Manufacturing.
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Rachel Rickard-Straus, Lee Boyce, Richard Browning, Simon Lambert
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by digital editor of Pensions Insight and Engaged Investor Sara Benwell. Today they discuss the latest league tables of UK energy suppliers as well as the growing popularity of contactless payment. Plus could viewers be fined for using BBC iPlayer without a licence? All these stories and more on The News Review.
Georgie Frost is joined by Kevin Pratt, editor at MoneySuperMarket.com. Today they discuss the latest trends in UK house prices as well as the importance of travel insurance when holidaying abroad . Keeping with the theme of property they also talk about bad neighbours and the effect this can have on property values. All this and other stories on the News Review.
Georgie Frost is joined by Harrison Kelly from TSB. Today they look at the ongoing strike by Southern Rail workers and the potential for a return to work. With more than a third of people under 35 saying they regret going to university because of their debts they also discuss whether university is worth the cost. Elsewhere they find out what happens to the drinks bottles confiscated by airport security. All this and other stories on the News Review.
Georgie Frost is joined by independent money expert Martyn James. Today they look at the Competition and Markets Authority's calls for a technological revolution from high street banks. Staying with banking there are also fears of a further cut in interest rates which dropped to 0.25% last week. Meanwhile housing chairty Shelter have suggested working families in England are so stretched financially that one in three couldn't afford to pay their rent or mortgage.
Sarah looks at the idea of fraud and how people are most likely to be targeted. Figures show an increase of 16 per cent for 2015 compared to the year before, but how can you help to lower your risk of being a target. To discuss this Sarah is joined by young money champion Amelia Murray, Mike Haley from CIFAS and Steve Proffitt from Action Fraud.