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Cash: The beginning of the end
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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday 1 July, 1204 BST
Sunday 2 July, 2102 BST
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The demise of the cash-based economy has been predicted for some time but recent innovations seem to have brought it a step closer.

Instead of using cash to pay for small items, Royal Bank of Scotland employees working on the bank's campus in Edinburgh are using a new type of payment card which requires neither a pin nor a signature.

Bob Howard reported from Edinburgh and we spoke to Roy Vella, head of mobile payments at PayPal Europe, and Tim Jones, non-executive director of Capital One and a veteran of payment innovation.

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Investing in wine

Red wine
The Bordeaux 2005 vintage has attracted considerable attention

Interest in wine as an investment has been reaching fever pitch in recent months, thanks to the release of what some have said is one of the finest vintages of recent times: Bordeaux 2005.

Money Box asks what is so special about this vintage and looks at the pros and cons of investing in this and other wines.

Paul Lewis spoke to Serena Sutcliffe from Sotheby's, and Marlene Shalton, founder and director of financial planners Chambers Morgan James.

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Barclays shake-up

Barclays and Woolwich branches
Branches within 300 metres or less of each other will merge
Woolwich bank branches are to disappear from the high street, as part of a major shake-up of Barclays' banking services in the UK.

During 2007, more than half the 373 Woolwich branches will be closed and the rest will be converted to Barclays.

The Woolwich brand will instead become the Barclays mortgage product brand, moving in-store in all branch locations.

We spoke to Alison Hopkins, network director of Barclays in the UK about what this means for customers.

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Standard Life flotation

Standard Life board
Members backed the insurer's plans to float on the stockmarket
Standard Life members will not get "bonus" shares if they transfer their holding into an ISA or a self-invested personal pension, the insurer has said.

The 2.4m people in line for a windfall or customers who have opted to buy shares at flotation will be eligible for one bonus share for every 20 they hold for 12 months.

But they must own those shares personally to qualify.


Producer: Paul O'Keeffe
Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Bob Howard




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