Money BoxAuthor: BBC Radio 4
20 Aug 2018

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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

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    BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - How Condoms Can Cost a Week’s Wages

    BONUS PODCAST: .The Moneybox podcast is on it’s summer holiday but fear not, for the next four weeks, you will get a brand new podcast instead. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this show, Ayeisha and Steve make sense of inflation. They’ll explain how hyperinflation is affecting how Venezuelans have sex, why you can’t afford a ticket to see your favourite band in concert anymore and why a sale on sofas isn’t always a good thing. Producers: Simon Maybin & Phoebe Keane Presenters: Ayeisha Thomas-Smith & Steve Bugeja

  • Posted on 18 Aug 2018

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    BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - Bracelets for Bullets

    BONUS PODCAST: The Moneybox podcast is on it’s summer holiday but fear not, for the rest of August, you will get a brand new podcast instead. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this show, Ayeisha and Steve explore government debt. Why did an anonymous mother send her bracelet to the government to be turned into a bullet? How are you lending the government money without even realising? And when should you be worried about how much debt the government is in? Producers: Simon Maybin & Phoebe Keane Presenters: Ayeisha Thomas-Smith & Steve Bugeja

  • Posted on 11 Aug 2018

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    BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - How Buying Cocaine Helps the Government

    BONUS PODCAST: The Moneybox podcast is on it’s summer holiday but fear not, for the next four weeks, you will get a brand new podcast instead. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this edition, Ayeisha and Steve look at how we quantify economic success. Should dodgy drug deals be included? What is Steve’s contribution to GDP? And should we ban people who pinch too many of your crisps? Producers: Simon Maybin & Phoebe Keane Presenters: Ayeisha Thomas-Smith & Steve Bugeja

  • Posted on 04 Aug 2018

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    Money Box Live: Artificial Intelligence

    If you need a loan or decent insurance rates, how much do you trust a machine to make the right decision for you? Companies are increasingly relying on AI to sift through masses of data to determine who is a suitable candidate for a mortgage or what price to charge you for a holiday or household product. But what are the pitfalls of relying on computers to do the work of humans? And do they have our best interests at heart? Louise Cooper talks to comparison website, GoCompare and online travel firm, Booking.com to find out how they are using AI and machine learning now and in the future. Guests: Dr Sandra Wachter is Research Fellow in Data Ethics, AI, robotics and Internet Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute,(Oxford University Michael Veale is a Researcher in responsible machine learning at University College London Presenter: Louise Cooper Producer: Sally Abrahams.

  • Posted on 01 Aug 2018

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    The Scottish homeowners whose Green Deal has turned sour

    Customers have been left stressed and in debt after signing up to an energy-saving deal they believed would save them money, but instead have found their electricity bills have gone up. More than twenty households on Glenfruin Road in Blantyre, near Glasgow, were persuaded to have solar panels fitted on their roof by a company called HELMS, as part of a government scheme called the Green Deal. The costs would be partially covered by a loan from a government-sponsored body called the Green Deal Finance Company and from money they'd get from generating their own electricity. What they didn't realise was that they'd signed over the rights to that money and would not receive a penny. Tony Bonsignore investigates. Are retailers being charged too much for allowing customers to pay by debit or credit cards? The UK payments watchdog is reviewing banks that process card transactions on behalf of businesses to see what fees they impose. There's concern that a lack of competition within the card industry means that customers are not getting a fair deal. James Lowman, Chief Executive at the Association of Convenience Stores, explains how the system, (known as card-acquiring services) works and voices his concerns about a lack of transparency. More than a million families are not claiming a valuable Government tax break which could help ease the cost of paying for summer childcare. The scheme is called Tax-Free Childcare, and started in April 2017. HMRC has told Money Box that although 1.5m families are eligible for the top-up payments, there are currently only 240,000 Tax-Free Childcare accounts being operated by parents. Paul Lewis talks to Victoria Todd from the Low Incomes Tax reform Group to find out who's eligible and why the take-up is so low.

  • Posted on 28 Jul 2018

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