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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Should you cash in bitcoin profits or wait for the moon?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Should you cash in bitcoin profits or wait for the moon?
In case you hadn’t noticed, bitcoin went on bit of a tear recently. And as the price of the leading cryptocurrency soared again, so did the number of stories written about it. Bitcoin is an interesting tale, a welcome diversion in a Covid-bound world, and the circus around cryptocurrency is the gift that keeps on giving for journalists. But the vast majority of those column inches focus on two things: bitcoin’s price and should you invest? A question that’s not so much asked is what should you do if you’ve reaped handsome profits on bitcoin or another cryptocurrency? Should you cash in those gains or – to combine a couple of crypto phrases - hodl on the basis that it really could go to the moon? (Where that moon is and when it’s been reached is as yet undefined.) On this week’s podcast, we dive into the story of a This is Money reader and listener who told us about what it’s really been like to hold bitcoin long-term and how although he’s not quite got Lamborghini money, he did buy a Skoda and pay off some of his mortgage. Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert also look at the rival cryptocurrencies to bitcoin and Argo Blockchain, the small UK listed company that’s come from nowhere to place among investors top recent share buys. On a more pedestrian note, the team also discuss inflation-beating savings accounts and where they can be found – spoiler alert, don’t get too excited – and property guardians: would you live in an empty building for cheap rent? And finally, there are some new concocted financial terms doing the rounds – how many can Simon and Lee guess correctly?
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Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: America under Biden and should the UK be preparing for the next pandemic?

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: America under Biden and should the UK be preparing for the next pandemic?
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at what we might expect in America under President Joe Biden. Will he be able to heal the massive divisions in the USA and what is the future for both political parties in the post-Trump era? With the UK's vaccine rollout proceeding apace, he considers whether more thought should be given to the little-discussed drawbacks of lockdown. He also wonders if the UK ought to prepare for tackling any future pandemics.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Electric batteries, night vision cameras & highlights of the CES

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Electric batteries, night vision cameras & highlights of the CES
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, looks back at the early days of Wikipedia. He discusses two leaps forward in electric battery science, hopes for making night vision cameras smaller, the council that turned down £55m to find a hard drive, an app that failed to make a customised face mask and a smart bike light. He also looks at some of his favourite CES gizmos including a gamer's facemask, a vacuum that empties while charging, an ice-cream maker and a sat nav for the blind.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Athlete A, I'm Your Woman & Outside The Wire

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Athlete A, I'm Your Woman & Outside The Wire
With UK cinemas closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the worldwide box office numbers so far for 2021. For review, he picks hotly-tipped Netflix documentary Athlete A, about the treatment and abuse of young female American athletes. He admires fresh crime drama I'm Your Woman, starring Rachel Brosnahan. And he is fascinated by futuristic sci-fi thriller Outside The Wire. He also celebrate the restoration of Agatha Christie's favourite cinema, The Paignton Picture House, the first purpose-built cinema in Europe.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Boardroom diversity, M&A activity & restored dividends

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Boardroom diversity, M&A activity & restored dividends
Russ Mould, investment director of A J Bell, uses the arrival of Jette Nygaard-Andersen at the helm of Entain to examine the current state of diversity in top UK boardrooms. He wonders whether recent M&A activity could tell us anything about the current valuation of shares. And he celebrates the restoration of dividend payments from several companies and asks whether this will help to support the market.
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Russ Mould


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: The power of patience and taking risks

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: The power of patience and taking risks
Adam Cox is joined by 2019’s The Apprentice contestant and businesswoman, Jemelin Artigas. She shares the story of her journey from leaving Venezuela as a teenager to building businesses and being authentic on national TV. Jemelin also discusses the importance of taking risks and making failure work for you; as well as the power in resilience and patience, and how to create freedom for yourself in your career.
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Jemelin Artigas


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Vicky Sayers

The Share Interview: The importance of seeking support

Vicky Sayers
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Share Radio Interview with Vicky Sayers

The Share Interview: The importance of seeking support
The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in unemployment, unrest and the majority of people unable to see most of their friends and family. Even with the different support networks in place in the UK, reports of loneliness and mental health issues are on the rise as we find ourselves navigating a third national lockdown. Vicky Sayers is joined by Andy Lopata, Professional Relationships Strategist and author of “Just Ask: Why Seeking Support Is Your Greatest Strength”, to talk about the importance of asking for help when you need it.
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Andy Lopata


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Motley Fool Answers

Motley Fool Answers: What a Year! What Should You Do Now?!

Motley Fool Answers
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Motley Fool Answers

Motley Fool Answers: What a Year! What Should You Do Now?!
Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. In this week's show, Motley Fool Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross joins the team to look back at 2020, offers suggestions for newer investors, and provide his thoughts on comparisons of today’s market to the dot-com bubble.
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Andy Cross


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Adam Cox

Mini Mindset: Planning for happiness

Adam Cox
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Mini Mindset

Mini Mindset: Planning for happiness
Adam Cox is joined by the CEO of The Happiness Planner, Mo Seetubtim, to discuss how likely Brits are to stick to resolutions and goals, and the reasons many people may be failing. They look at why journaling is a great tool to plan out goals, track progress and keep motivated, improving the chances of success in the long term. Mo also gives some fantastic tips for those who never tried journaling before on how to utilise the tool to ensure future success.
Guest:

Mo Seetubtim


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Is this the answer to pension freedom without the pain?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Is this the answer to pension freedom without the pain?
More than five years since pension freedom arrived a solution to take the pain out of investing in retirement is being lined up. Before pension freedom many savers were locked into buying an annuity with their personal pensions or defined contribution work schemes – and a lot of them felt they were getting a raw deal. That’s meant that keeping a pension invested and drawing on it as you choose in retirement has proved a very popular option. It is also a very tricky one to navigate – but now some simple help is at hand, so will it crack the conundrum of pension freedom without the pain? Tumbling annuity rates, an industry that failed to make sure people shopped around and the gamble on life expectancy that meant if you died early then you and your family would lose out, made annuities hugely unpopular. So, Chancellor George Osborne came up with a big bang approach that meant nobody had to if they didn’t want to anymore. The problem is that many people had simply opted for a ‘pay money into my pension while working and not think about it’ approach and so had no real idea how to invest for retirement. Now the industry has come up with a solution that involves savers being offered four ready-made investment deals when they first dip into their pension pots, if they do so without financial advice. On this week’s podcast George Frost, Tanya Jefferies and Simon Lambert, discuss whether this is the answer that savers need. They also look at the tsunami of pension and investment scams, what people can do to protect themselves and ask whether it’s the FCA or Google and the social media companies that should be doing more to crack down on it. Simon outlines his theory on why just as we are about to be able to get out and enjoy ourselves again, some big ticket inflation might hit. And the team look at another Santander 123 account rate cut – is it time for customers to finally give up, or is it a deal still worth having?
Guests:

Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce


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