When was the last time you read all the small print that comes with a plan or policy? And if you read it, did you understand it? Sarah Pennells and her guests talk through financial jargon and try and demystify some of the important terms you may not be familiar with. Financial Journalist Simon Read explains what terms that can catch people out while Ian Lees, author and financial IFA, looks at investment charges, what they mean and why they matter. Rod Jones, from USwitch, looks at energy companies and the issues revolving around exit fees.
What's the best way to save on insurance, energy bills and savings if you're sharing a house? Sarah Pennells is joined by Matt Saunders, from GoCompare, discusses how some people who live in a rented property don't know they have the right to switch to a cheaper tariff; Ashish Mehra, founder of Wesplit.it, explains how the company can help young people save money; while behavioural psychologist, Judi James, analyses why the financial aspect of sharing a house can be so difficult if you're a student or starting out in your career.
It’s the start of financial planning week, and more than 30 financial planning firms from across the UK have signed up to provide free initial advice during the event, which is spearheaded by professional membership body, The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Martin Bamford, Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner at Informed Choice, joined to discuss.
On this week's Shop Floor, in association with the Inspirational Development Group, Nick Peters looks at how Plant Manager John Reid saved Michelin plant in Dundee from failing. Grant Jamieson, MD of Winkworth Machinery, explains why there is a large leadership gap in the manufacturing industry, while Martin Campbell of Credit HQ discusses their recent survey on how much difficulty late payment can cause to small businesses. Finally, Mike Beesley, RSG’s Managing Director, explains how dangerous it can be to let a moaning culture develop in the workplace.
John Reid, Grant Jamieson, Martin Campbell, Mike Beesley
Now it's something that over 21 million people in the UK do at least once a year and they don't get paid a penny. What is it? Volunteering. This week is Volunteers' Week where you can find out more about what's involved in volunteering. Volunteering can be anything from getting involved in projects and charities in your neighbourhood to travelling abroad. So, how can you get involved? What are the benefits and how do you work out what type of project to get involved in? Sarah Pennells and our Young Money Champion, Rachael Healey, are joined by Alison Harvie who's the head of communications at Volunteering Matters and by Stefan Watham who's the chief executive of Year Out Group.
Figures show that an increasing number of people in their 50s and 60s are getting their elderly parents to move in with them, moving into their home, or are pooling their money to buy a property that they can all live in together. It can be a good option for some families, but there are some disadvantages. So, what do you need to think about if you're considering asking your parent to live with you and what are the pros and cons? Sarah Pennells is joined by Christine Webber, an author, broadcaster and psychotherapist, Adrian Kidd from Plan Your Money.co.uk and Deborah Stone who's the founder of the website Myageingparent.com.
If your son or daughter is planning to go to university in the autumn, are you planning on how you'll help them pay for it? Are you going to be supporting them with help towards their rental costs or will you be paying some of their bills? And if you're off to university, are you wondering how much debt you'll leave with? Sarah Pennells is joined by Annie O'Leary from the parenting website Netmums, Jane King who's from Ash-ridge financial planning and James Seymour who's from the Complete University Guide.
t's estimated that almost half of first time buyers get some sort of help when they're buying their first property. And according to Legal and General, the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' will finance one in four of all property purchases this year. But what are the different ways family members can help someone buy their first property? Sarah Pennells is joined by our Young Money Champion, Rachel Healy, and guests Lina Bourdon from City and Country Financial Services, Andrew Montlake, founder of Coreco Mortgages, and David Hollingworth from London and Country Mortgages, to help share tips for first time buyers.
Rachael Healy, Lina Bourdon, David Hollingworth, Andrew Montlake
Sarah Pennells analyses the the dos and dont's when it comes to investing for the first time. This week's Young Money Champion, James Connington, starts off by discussing how he started investing and whether he encountered any surprises or disadvantages. Michelle McGrade, from TD Direct Investing, focuses on the ethics behind it; Tom Stevenson, from Fidelity Worldwide Investing, emphasises the importance of investing, while Simon Webster, from Facts and Figures, explains what the term ‘investing in ISAs’ means.
James Connington, Michelle McGrade, Tom Stevenson, Simon Webster
The price of education in the UK continues to make headlines. Students are having to pay extortionate prices for university. They are leaving with a mountain of debt. And with prices looking likely to increase in the autumn of 2017, under new Tory legislation, is there a cheaper way to learn new skills without paying over the odds? Well, one-way people are doing it is by turning to digital tools, and apps rather than pay for expert advice or services. In fact, over 40% have done this, according to Halifax Insurance. Georgie Frost was joined by Dr Kairen Cullen, and Educational Psychologist.