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FTSE 2009

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 3 January
at 1204 BST
On Radio 4 and Online

The FTSE 100 index of leading shares recorded its biggest annual decline last year since the index was launched in 1984.

Some commentators are saying that 2009 will see a massive resurgence.

So will the market recover - and what will it mean for investors and those nearing retirement?

We ask Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management and Gill Cardy from Nicholls Stevens.

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If you have any spare cash, were is the best place to keep it?

Savings

Over the festive period rates on savings product have continued to fall, following the last base rate cut of 1% in December.

The Monetary Policy Committee will be meeting again this week - so what will 2009 hold for Britain's savers?

Rachel Thrussell from Moneyfacts takes us through the best rates.

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Currencies

A one euro coin and a one pound coin
Many analysts believe parity with the euro is now only a matter of time

As the pound continues to weaken against the euro many holiday makers planning a trip abroad are faced with a dilemma.

Do they make a short hop to the expensive eurozone, or pay slightly more to travel to countries where the pound has held up better or the cost of living is lower?

Bob Howard reports.

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Barnsley Building Society was rescued by Yorkshire Building Society

Building societies

Four building societies disappeared in 2008 and another will follow in the next few weeks.

As banks collapse and are bailed out by taxpayers Paul Lewis looks at how building societies have survived and prospered by sticking to the more traditional ways of raising finance.


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Other news

Child benefit for the eldest child goes up to 20 per week on Monday 5 January and the rate for other children goes up to 13.20.


BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 3 January 2009 at 1204 GMT.

The programme was repeated on Sunday 4 January 2009 at 2102 GMT.



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