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Money Box special: Save and prosper

Naga Munchetty
BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 24 July 2010 at 1204 BST on Radio 4 and Online</

This special edition of
Money Box presented by Naga Munchetty will focus on saving and investing.

Naga discusses the current market conditions and options for savers, with Graham Hooper from Bestinvest and Christine Ross from SG Hambros.

On Saturday 31 August Alvin Hall will present the first of four programmes, 'Alvin's Generations of Money'.

Paul Lewis will return with Money Box on Saturday 4 September 2010.


National Savings and Investments

National Savings Certificates Book from November 1939
NS&I began as the Post Office Savings Bank in 1861

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) have damaged the prospects for millions of savers who are struggling to beat inflation.

With the Retail Prices Index (RPI) at 5.0 %, NS&I Savings Certificates offering Index-linking plus 1% looked
tempting.

But this week, NS&I withdrew its Fixed Interest Savings Certificates and Index-linked Savings Certificates from general sale.

Interest rates paid on the Direct Saver and Income Bonds were reduced by 0.25% with immediate effect.

NS&I Savings Certificates were introduced during the First World War to help fund the war effort and index-linking began in 1975.

NS&I currently has almost 27 million customers and over £98bn invested.

NS&I sales director John Prout joins the programme.

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Neil Woodford exclusive

Neil Woodford is Head of Investment, Invesco Perpetual
Neil Woodford is head of investment at Invesco Perpetual

In an exclusive interview, Money Box reporter Ruth Alexander speaks to one of Britain's most successful fund managers, Neil Woodford from Invesco Perpetual.

Neil Woodford gives a rare and unique insight into how he has managed his funds through two recessions, and on why he thinks buying shares should be
a long-term rather than a short-term endeavour.

Listen to a longer version of the interview here.

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Workplace Savings launched

Pound coins
Ten funds will be available through the Workplace ISA

From 1 August 2010 the first 'Workplace ISAs' will be available for employees of
three companies.

The savings schemes are stocks and shares ISAs and
will be managed by Legal and General. They will be offered
by Barratt Homes plus two other unnamed firms.

The idea is to encourage employees to save more for the long term. Members can ask employers to put contributions directly from their payroll into an ISA or pension, so it is tax efficient.

Tony Filbin, managing director of Workplace Savings at Legal and General explains the options.

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OINK

Naga meets pupils from St Martin's School: Prahalad Prasad, Jonah Surkes, Maneet Patel and Editor of OINK, Ernest Henry
Pupils from St Martin's School in Northwood meet Naga

Are successful investors born
or bred? Does taking risk, following the stock market, judging when to buy and sell belong just in the adult sphere?

Or could youngsters have a go? If they do, are they more or less cautious than their parents?

To get some answers we meet
up with a group of teenagers who are already 'virtual' traders, playing the 'fantasy stock exchange game' run by the children's business newspaper Oink.

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box Savings Special: Saturday 24 July at 1204 BST and Wednesday 28 July at 15.02 BST.



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