Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio Podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. It’s been a mixed week of results for the banks with HSBC seeing sliding profits whilst Lloyds has undergone something of a comeback with a rebounding share price. Is it fair for HSBC to point the finger at market conditions or does the success of its rivals prove it’s scapegoating? Meanwhile we’re also seeing a divide among savers as the gap between the richest and poorest households grows. Looking through the figures Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Plus we look at the domestic challenges for the UK car industry and find out how to spot a rare coin.
With increasingly busy lives many of us struggle to fit a healthy and affordable lunch into the working day. It's that experience that inspired Becky Alexander and nutritionist Michelle Lake to put together recipe book Packed. To find out more about workplace lunch trends and how to save time and money on food Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to the two authors.
Could an eco-friendly loan from the US have global implications?
In "The Problem With PACE", a special report on Share Radio, Matt Cox investigates so-called PACE loans.
He speaks to those who've had first-hand experience of the loans; finding out where the product came from, how it hurt homeowners in California and other states, and why some believe that it could trigger a new subprime-style lending crisis.
Could an eco-friendly loan from California have global implications?
In the second part of Share Radio's Special Report into so-called PACE loans, Matt Cox investigates why some of those familiar with the product believe it's set to trigger a new subprime lending crisis.
For this week’s edition of Money Saving Expert Georgie Frost was joined by Consumer Writer Megan French. The duo looked at what to do with all your pound coins, how to beat shrinkflation on your groceries, whilst also rounding up the best deals from this week.
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Could a green energy loan in a few US states have global implications?
In a special report, Matt Cox investigates the worrying whispers surrounding "PACE" loans, the effect it's had on California, and why it matters to the wider world - even us Brits across the Atlantic.
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.
Inequality is on the rise, with the difference in financial fortunes between low and high income families becoming starker over the past year, according to Aviva's latest Family Finances Report. At the same time, families are also facing increased financial pressure from stalling incomes and savings, combined with rising debt and inflation fears. To talk through these findings, Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings and Retirement at Aviva, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio Podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. We’ve had a few stats to digest this week with inflation continuing to rise, now up 1.8%, whilst employment remains at record highs according to the ONS. Behind the figures though we’re hearing much of this is based on freelance and zero-hours work with both salaries and interest rates failing to keep pace with the cost of living. With all this spelling disaster for savers there’s been a few interesting additions to Money Mail’s Best Buy table this week. Joining Georgie Frost to go through the options is Editor Simon Lambert and Personal Finance Editor Rachel Rickard Straus. Plus, we take a look at the new rate hikes threatening the future of small businesses and the costs of bereavement.
Companies vying to build nuclear power stations in the UK have been told they must offer lower electricity prices than that approved for the Hinkley Point plant last year. Government officials have indicated that future projects will be expected to deliver a discount of at least 15-20% on the price of electricity from the £18bn Hinkley plant in Somerset - a settlement widely criticised for its high cost. To discuss this further, Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast.