Over the last few weeks there's been a lot of focus on housing and older people, with the government's White Paper on housing looking at ways to encourage older people to downsize. But not everyone wants to sell up. Last year people released over £2 billion of equity from their homes. So, how can you make money from your property? What are the options and what do you have to bear in mind? Sarah Pennells was joined in the studio by Jane King who's from Ashridge financial planning and by Ceri Wheeldon who's the founder of the website Fab After Fifty.
In the wake of Brexit and Donald Trump being elected, what should you take account of and what should you ignore when it comes to investing? Sarah Pennells is joined by Louise Oliver, a Chartered Financial Planner at Piercefield Oliver, Lisa Stanley-Mann from Good with Money, and Share Radio's own Senior Analyst, Ed Bowsher, to guide you through investments and what to look out for in a post-truth environment.
It's almost three years since new rules were brought in to make it quicker and easier to switch bank account, but figures show that only 3% of us do this every year. Two weeks ago the competition watchdog published its report into banking - shying away from recommending that the banks had the interest rate on their overdrafts capped. Sarah looks at why you should switch and the best way to do it, and what you need to consider.
To get the most out of retirement, financially and in terms of what you do, it's really worth planning for. Not just how much you put into your pension, but when you retire, how you retire and how much money you'll need. When should you do this kind of planning, do you need professional advice or can you work it all out yourself? And what are your options if you've not yet thought about your retirement?
This week Sarah asks whether you should re-mortgage. What does this week's Bank of England interest rate cut mean for your if you're on a variable rate or if you're thinking of buying or remortgaging? She is joined by Ray Boulger of John Charcol mortgage experts, David Hollingworth of L&C mortgages and Andrew Montlake of Coreco.
It is reported that two million people currently own shares in their employer due to employee share ownership schemes, but what does this actually mean? To find out Sarah is joined by Malcolm Hurlston, chairman of the Employee Share Ownership Center and by Debbie Lovewell-Tuck from the Employee Benefits magazine.
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.
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.
Sarah Pennells is joined by Mike Edwards, founder of the DIY Doctor, Michael Holmes, property expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show and chair of NaCSBA (The National Custom & Self Build Association) and Simon Warpole, home insurance expert at Aviva, to talk about the practical repairs you can do to your home, and how to cut costs, as well as making sure you're covered by insurance for any DIY disasters!