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Japan quake upsets global markets

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 19 March 2011 at 1204 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

The world's financial centres have been in turmoilsince Japan was struck by its largest ever earthquake over a week ago.

Concern over the Japanese Yen has prompted finance ministers from the G7 group of the world's richest nations to step into the markets to stabilise the currency. It is the first time since 2000 that G7 nations have taken this action.

The crisis is still unfolding in Japan with uncertainty over the state of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in and fears over radiation levels rising.

It is unclear what effect these events will have on the country's economy. But details are emerging of manufacturers around the world facing disruption to their supply chain due to the disaster.

So what are the global implications? Simon Somerville, Japan Income Fund, Jupiter Asset Management and Justin Urquhart Stewart, Seven Investment Management join the programme.

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Buying Olympic tickets

As hundreds of thousands of people begin applying to watch events at the London 2012 Olympics, there's concern about the way the tickets are being sold.

People need to give their card details when they bid for tickets, but as the allocation is being made through a lottery, there is no way of knowing how many tickets each person will get.

Customers won't get advance warning of the exact sum being debited until the tickets are allocated and this could be from May 10th to June 10th 2011.

Bob Howard looks at the problems that could arise. The programme also hears from Paul Williamson, head of ticketing at the London 2012 Organising Committee.

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Student Loans

New figures obtained by the BBC show just how much some people owe to the Student Loans Company.

Money Box reveals that the top 20 outstanding student debts add up to more than a million pounds.

Paul Lewis interviews the Minister for Universities, David Willetts, and Lynne Condell, who chairs the National Association of Student Money Advisers

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Pension or ISA?

With proposals announced recently to shake up public sector pensions as well as the introduction next year of new low cost occupational schemes, what are the options for people on average incomes who are thinking of saving for their retirement?

Should you save for a pension or build up retirement savings in an ISA?

Money Box reporter Ben Carter, who faces that choice, asks the experts for advice. Tom McPhail, Head of Pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown and Morris Lawson, a private investor, debate the issues.

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