This week Sarah Pennells explores the issues revolving automatic enrolment pensions, the government's programme to encourage more people to save for their retirement through a workplace pension. While millions of people are being placed into their workplace pension, new research from pensions provider Aviva shows that one and a half million don't know what their money is invested in. Sarah is joined by Chris Daems, from Cervello Financial Planning, Ranila Ravi Burslem, from NEST, and Malcolm Goodwin from Aviva to discuss the topic.
Sarah Pennells looks at how to create the perfect work/life balance with guests Neil Shah, Chief De-Stressing Officer at the Stress Management Society, and life coach Karen Perkins, who discuss other factors that can increase stress, and Sarah Evans, an Employment Lawyer with Slater and Gordon, who looks at whether people should have the right to work flexibility and what employers should take into account.
Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher joins Georgie Frost in the studio to discuss the biggest finance stories of the last 24 hours. On the agenda today, the tobacco companies lose their court case, while Whirlpool tumble dryers catch fire as the average household will have to pay more in their annual bills, plus much more. Consuming Issues goes out with Georgie Frost every day from 9 to 12 on Share Radio.
Do you have money worries? Is it affecting your state of mind? Personal debt for many is spiralling out of control with the levels topping £180bn in Britain. That's more than the annual budget for the NHS. Well one organisation is looking to help those who are in trouble by offering free debt advice and management plans. Jane Clack from PayPlan speak to Georgie Frost about how serious the debt in this country is, and how to overcome these issues.
Are you a serial returner? Research from Barclaycard has highlighted the rise of shoppers who deliberately over-order goods before returning them. Otherwise known as 'serial returners', it’s beginning to hurt retailers' bottom line. Sharon Manikon, Director of Customer Solutions at Barclaycard Global Payment Acceptance, talked about this with Sarah Lowther and Chris Bailey.
Ever thought of turning your hobby into your dream job? From baking to arts and crafts, Sarah Pennells looks at what financial aspects one should consider when thinking of setting up a business. Kerry Ann Duffy, a photographer specialising in weddings and portraits, Bethany Armitage, from Make it Betty, and Helen Reed, founder of The Wool Kitchen, share their stories on how they set up their businesses. The guests explain what financial support they received and how they made their way into their dream career.
Sarah Pennells explores the definition of robo-advice, its pros & cons, and why more and more companies are using them when giving advice about your money. Keith Churchouse, from Saidso, and Jason Butler, founder of Bloomsbury Wealth Management, explain what happens if a customer is wrongly advised. Michelle Pearce, from Wealthify, looks at how customers pay when using this type of service, while Lesley James, from Simplified Money, defines what kind of help robo-advice actually offers to customers.
Keith Churchouse, Jason Butler, Michelle Pearce, Lesley James
If you're close to retirement, or thinking of setting up a pension pot, where do you start when it comes to choosing a private pension? Lorna Blythe, from Royal London, explains to Sarah Pennells what pensions are and how they work; Danisha Chada, a chartered and certified financial planner with Smith and Williamson, looks at how much help could a pension company give to its individual customers, Alan Chan, from IFS Wealth and Pensions, explains what the first steps are when taking out a pension for the first time.
As MoneySavingExpert have been writing this week, few cities can compete with Paris for sheer romance, beauty - and the beating a trip gives your wallet.. But they insist savings are possible, if you've got the right eye and decent timing. So, what are the best options on a budget? Plus, they ‘ve been looking at broadband…how much of the advertised broadband speed are the providers meant to be giving you?
Today the founders of Money Fight Club -Lindsay Cook and Anne Caborn- talk about pay-day spending -has it reached pandemic proportions? And packaged bank accounts…most people don’t know they are paying extra for these deluxe accounts. Plus, thieves on trains and tubes…will your insurer pay you?