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Moneybox Friday, 31 January, 2003, 16:36 GMT
Stockmarket crisis
Stockbrokers on dealing desk in the city, FTSE 100 index in background
Could low share prices be an investment opportunity?
BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast at 1204 GMT on Saturday, 1 February, 2003.

Investment options

The FTSE 100 recently fell an unprecedented 13 days in a 15 day period.

And stockmarkets around the world are waiting to find out whether there will be war in Iraq.

What should investors be doing in the meantime, and what will happen to the markets if war is declared? We discussed whether low shares prices were an investment opportunity with:

  • Tony Craze, stockbroker with Goy Harris Cartwright
  • Robin Griffiths, Chief Technical Strategist with HSBC
  • David Kauders of Kauders Portfolio Management

     Listen to the audio

    Also:

    Complaint handlers

    The Financial Ombudsman is concerned about the increasing number of commercial complaint firms now targeting victims of financial products mis-selling.

    Louise Greenwood looked at whether the complaint handlers are helping people or taking advantage of them.

     Listen to the audio

    Also:

    Lloyds TSB current account

    Lloyds TSB has launched a new range of current accounts offering up to 3.2% interest on credit balances.

    We asked Tony Gibbons, Head of Current Accounts and Savings at Lloyds TSB, if the bank is bowing to the pressure from competitors offering better current account deals.

     Listen to the audio

    Also:

    Credit laws

    The biggest shake-up of credit laws in 30 years has been announced.

    We asked Melanie Johnson, Minister for Consumer Affairs, whether the changes will stop irresponsible lending.

     Listen to the audio

    Cash ISAs

    Bristol & West has launched a new fixed rate cash ISA at 4.35 per cent for one year.

    After the recent stock market falls, cash ISAs seem one of the best alternative safe haven investments.

    IFA Robin Baker of Chase de Vere explained the rules of cash ISAs, and suggested some of the best deals.

     Listen to the audio

    Also:

    Presenter: Paul Lewis
    Producer: Clare Vincent
    Reporter: Louise Greenwood

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