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.
It's time once again for This Is Money, in partnership with NS&I. And we can't avoid it; with six days to go until the referendum, this is a Brexit special. Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce join special guest host Sarah Pennells for a final run-down of the outlook for the UK economy if we vote to leave. What's the prognosis? Well, you'll just have to listen. (And be sure to check out Simon's column on This is Money this week, with his picks for the top Brexit reporting on both sides).
We're also going to dip back in to the rolling BHS scandal of course, and hope for UK would-be homeowners who lost their savings in the Spanish property market.
This Is Money is presented in partnership with NS&I. Georgie Frost will be back next week.
A new study by the Institute of Inertia has shown that half of British parents don't have life insurance and that over three quarters would be able to pay the mortgage if the main breadwinner dies. Sarah Pennells is joined by Emma Thomson, Head of Customer Care at LifeSearch, Andrew Jenkinson, Director of Drewberry Insurance, and Anna Sofat, from Addidi Wealth. Together they guide listeners through the maze of insurance and explain which policies are need and what to look for if you're going to buy one.
A survey by the government found that 45% of people over 45 knew nothing about a lasting power of attorney and, when they were told about what it was, over 60% said they weren't interested in setting one up. An ongoing power of attorney lets you manage someone else's money when they're unable to do so. What can you do if your elderly relative is struggling to manage their own money? What are the rules if you want to open an account for your child or grandchild? Sarah Pennells is joined by David Steele, Policy Manager of Financial Services at Age UK and George McNamara, Head of Policy at the Alzheimer's Society, to discuss these issues.
Sarah Pennells looks at what's changed for women in the last 90 years. She's joined by Jane Moore, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Fiona Tait, from Royal London, and employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon Jasmine van Loggerenberg. From maternity pay in the 1970s to today's debate on equal gender pay, Sarah and her guests analyse the changes that have occurred throughout history to improve women's working rights.
Young people today live in a world of opportunity, but with that comes lots of decisions about money and finances. It is crucial they learn how to make good financial choices which is crucial to them attaining and keeping the life they want. Jason Butler answered all the questions, including three vox-pop questions from the public, and David Van Egghen, a student, putting quizzing him on all things money and university.
Many people don't switch broadband, mobile or TV provider - not because switching is confusing, but because finding the best deal can be a challenge. Sarah Pennells is joined by Peter Earl, Head of utilities at ComparetheMarket.com, Matt Powell, Editor at Broadband Genie, and Naufal Zamir, CEO of RightCallApp, to discuss how to save money on broadband bills.
If you've invested money in a private pension or in an investment fund, you'll be paying some sort of regular fee and charges. And, depending on the type of investment fund, those charges could be quite high. If you've taken advice from a professional financial adviser, you'll also have to pay for his or her time. But what's a fair charge and when do the charges become a rip off? Sarah Pennells speaks to Tom Wilcox-Jones, from independent financial advisers Blackstone Moregate, Gina Miller, founder of True and Fair Campaign, from SCM Private and founder of MoneyShe.com and Claire Walsh, Head of Advice at IFA Promotions, to find out more.
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.