Sue Dougan was joined by financial journalist Simon Read from The Independent. Today on the agenda, they discussed how 1 in 10 parents renting in England say they worry about short tenancies. Plus they look into why people will wait for an average of six minutes in a queue before giving up in frustration. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Joining Sue to discuss what the main market headlines of the morning are is Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy. The Competition and Markets Authority will open an investigation into Heineken’s proposed acquisition of part of the Punch Taverns pubs portfolio. Coca-Cola HBC has released its full year financial results, but is this THE Coca-Cola?
Donald Trump's been meeting with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. And the Trump administration has issued an ultimatum to NATO members, demanding they start increasing defence spending or Washington will "moderate its commitment" to them. Members of Mr Trump’s new government are making their first official visits to Europe this week and Mike Pence, vice president, is due to meet the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk. To find out what came out of the meeting and what the NATO issue is, Sue Dougan was joined by Josh Lowe of Newsweek.
On Track Record with Sue Dougan today: Savings expert and head of communications at Scottish Friendly, Calum Bennie. Sue talks to Calum about his father’s work ethic, about working in marketing for a tour company to get his career underway, before embarking on a financial career with Britannia Life and onward to Scottish Friendly. His musical choices include The Smiths, Kate Bush and Crowded House - and you can hear an extended version this Saturday from midday, download it from the Share Radio website or iTunes.
The Moneywise team with over 26 years of financial journalism under their belt joins us in the studio for their fortnightly catch up. This week Sue joined by editor Moira O'Neil and deputy editor Helen Knapman. We'll be discussing how to put together the perfect portfolio as well as how to maximise your savings returns playing current account ping pong. Plus we look ahead and questioning what might happen with interest rates this year as well as bringing you the latest stats and funny money stories from this month's magazine.
And it's time to check-in with our friends over at Money Saving Expert. This week Sue Dougan was joined by Senior Writer Sally Francis. We'll be looking at the governments changes to bereavement benefits and sorting out your joint finances with your partner this Valentine's day. Plus we'll have a roundup of the best deals the eagle-eyed team have come across this week. Don't forget, you can stay up to date and get the newsletter by heading to moneysavingexpert.com
How much money do you think you'll spend over the course of your lifetime? Well, a report has found that today's average 20 year old will spend a whopping 1.9 million pounds in total. Analysis from financial planner Tilney shows that we will have spent one million pounds by our fiftieth birthday, and will spend 400,000 pounds after we retire. It seems many of us, however, spend a lot more than we think we will after we've stopped working. To discuss the report in more detail, Share Radio reporter Sara Macham caught up with Andy Cowan from Tilney.
Former banker Joe Chakra took a gamble when he gave up a successful career in banking to open up a frozen yoghurt shop. Sloane Brothers is going from strength to strength with its flagship shop on London's Brick Lane and another branch in Nottingham. Share Radio reporter Sara Macham caught up with Joe to hear the secrets behind the company's success.
It's the most important meal of the day but with many of us short on time, people are choosing to skip breakfast. We could be storing up health problems though particularly when it comes to our understanding of what's healthy. One company aiming to challenge this is Spoon who have previously taken their products to Dragons Den. To find out more about the company and the issues around skipping breakfast Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to founders Annie Morris and Jonny Shipman.