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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Should you stick your money in Premium Bonds, a savings account or invest?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Should you stick your money in Premium Bonds, a savings account or invest?
After a good year for Premium Bonds when the only way was up for the prize fund rate, savers got a blow this week as a cut arrived. The prize fund rate is being cut to 4.4% from 4.65%. That edges the average return - which you may or may not get - from Premium Bonds further below the best savings deals, so should you save instead? Or would many Premium Bond holders be better off investing? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert discuss whether Premium Bonds stack up. Plus, as the US securities regulator approves bitcoin ETFs, is the price now headed for $200,000 as some suggest, or could this be enticing more naive investors into the volatile world of crypto that's been dogged by fraud? Later, Lee reveals his car insurance woes - and shares tips on how to deal with your own renewal quite pain-free. And finally, find out who on the podcast team is not drinking for January, who is taking an extremely haphazard approach to it, and who is planning to go all the way to Easter, as we discuss the no and low-alcohol beer boom and the ones we rate the best.

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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Activist Investors are Acting Up (12/1)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Activist Investors are Acting Up (12/1)
Twilio’s co-founder and CEO steps down due to activist pressure, and Elliot Management’s $1B stake in Match means changes might be coming. Ron Gross and Emily Flippen discuss the latest inflation numbers and why we shouldn’t bank on rate cuts yet, activist investor activity at Twilio and Match Group, and potential plans to take Docusign private, and big bank updates, a surprising pop from WD40, and things to watch heading into earnings season. Then , 19 minutes in, documentarian Chris Temple talks about his new movie 'This is Not Financial Advice' and how parasocial relationships are impacting what people do with their money and the causes of growing financial nihilism among younger Americans. Finally, 33 minutes in, Ron and Emily break down two stocks on their radar: Despegar and On Holdings. Stocks discussed: TWLO, MTCH, DOCU, BAC, WFC, JPM, C, WDFC, ONON, DESP. Host - Dylan Lewis; Guests - Ron Gross, Emily Flippen, Mary Long, Chris Temple
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Ron Gross, Emily Flippen, Mary Long, Chris Temple


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Headsets First, Killer Apps Second (8/1)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Headsets First, Killer Apps Second (8/1)
The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off with big news from Nvidia and many more. Jason Moser and Deidre Woollard discuss announcements from CES, what could make Apple’s Vision Pro successful, and the relevance of Twilio’s CEO switch. Then, 18 minutes in, Ricky Mulvey interviews Kevin Simzer, Chief Operating Officer of Trend Micro, about cybersecurity in the cloud and the new threats facing electric cars. Companies discussed: AAPL TWLO, NVDA, AMD, OTC: TMICY. Host - Deidre Woollard; Guests - Jason Moser, Ricky Mulvey, Kevin Simzer
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Jason Moser, Ricky Mulvey, Kevin Simzer


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Adam Cox

The Hypnotist: The Free Wolf in the Wilderness

Adam Cox
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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist: The Free Wolf in the Wilderness
For many people, there's a continuing internal struggle between the need for comfort and security and the yearning for freedom and adventure, but once settled into the former it can be difficult to face the risks and unknowns of the latter. Doubts about capability and resources can take over, and thoughts about taking a different path can be very challenging. It's really about re-building one's self-belief, and Adam Cox uses hypnotic analogies in order to help you find that confidence.

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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The outlook for 2024 and Gregg's

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The outlook for 2024 and Gregg's
Neil Shah of Edison Group feels that the bond market has now normalised whch could help the equity market, where many companies have stabilised after a tough year, although he points out that the US market looks peaky. He admires the outstanding quarter year results from Gregg's. The business appears to be in the sweet spot where value is important to customers with a healthy balance sheet and a great management team. It pays a yield but there is still plenty of growth left, although the rating clearly anticipates this.
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Neil Shah


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: One Life, Priscilla & Good Grief

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: One Life, Priscilla & Good Grief
James Cameron-Wilson marvels that Wonka is still #1 after 5 weeks, with total of £53m at the UK box office. Anthony Hopkins stars in One Life, the true story of stockbroker Nicholas Winton's extraordinary wartime rescue of hundreds of Jewish children. James found it beautifully realised and hugely affecting. He was less impressed with Priscilla, about the spouse of Elvis Presley. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, which he found unimaginative. He admired the decor and scenery more than the plot in Netflix's drama about grief and friendship, Good Grief, written and directed by Dan Levy.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Autofocus glasses, a washing bot, a smart coffee table & a 1000-year photograph

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Autofocus glasses, a washing bot, a smart coffee table & a 1000-year photograph
Tech guru Steve Caplin discusses some of the devices at the Consumer Electronics Show incuding a bus with AR windows, autofocus glasses, a washing bot and an auto-tracking phone-charging stand. An experimental philosopher has set up a camera with a 1000-year exposure. There's a strap for an Apple watch that will let users control Apple devices with gestures. A smart coffee table will display photos and movies and games. Morrison's pod to deter shoplifters is proving unpopular. There's a development in fire hoses to make them easier to wield. And it turns out that the over-70s are the second heaviest online users.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: The Post Office Horizon fallout and what we can expect in an election year

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: The Post Office Horizon fallout and what we can expect in an election year
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the fallout from the ITV drama about the Post Office Horizon scandal which has finally galvanised politicians. Labelled the biggest miscarriage of justice in British history, Mike examines what it means for people's trust in democracy and our institutions. He expects 2024 to be an election year and explains what we might expect from the main political parties, comparing them to competitors at a school sports day.
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Mike Indian


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Copyright, and Ownership for All

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Copyright, and Ownership for All
Steamboat Willie, the original Mickey Mouse, steps into the public domain after 95 years of copyright restriction. Copyright law has been with us for over 300 years, but it's due a serious revision in the light of Artificial Intelligence. The New York Times is relying on current legislation to sue Open AI for infringing their copyright to train ChatGPT, but surely the information and analysis that the NYT report on belongs to us all? Background music: 'People Watching' by Sir Cubworth

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Is the taxman really going after Ebay sellers?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Is the taxman really going after Ebay sellers?
Have you ever sold anything on Ebay, Vinted or Facebook Marketplace to make a bit of extra cash? Those who do may have been worried this week, as news that the websites will now be required to report sellers' activities to the taxman caused panic online. So what are the rules - and is HMRC really going after people who sell the odd frock or mobile phone? Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost explain what's really happening, how to tell if you are a 'trader' - and why most people having a clear-out of their old clothes won't need to worry. Mortgage lenders have started 2024 with a bang, with the likes of HSBC, NatWest and TSB announcing rate cuts left, right and centre. There is now a five-year fix with a rate of 3.94% - so what does that tell us about how low the base right might go this year, and will these cheaper home loans start to drive up house prices again? As we get back to reality after the festive break, we are also approaching Divorce Day. The first working Monday of the year is supposedly when unhappy couples are most likely to call it quits. If that is you, we are on hand to explain what you need to know about splitting your property, pension and more with an ex. Finally, Lee, Helen and Georgie discuss what they learned about their finances in 2023 - and the mistakes they won't be making again this year.
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Helen Crane


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