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The Euro deal

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 29th October 2011 at 1204 BST on Radio 4 and Online

As European leaders secure an agreement to prevent the Euro crisis spreading to other European economies, Money Box asks will the Euro deal work? Will an increase in share prices continue and how will all this affect us in the UK?

Leading economist and author John Kay talks to Paul Lewis.


Card Conundrum

Whenever you hire a car using a credit or debit card, the firm involved will often "pre-authorise" a payment. That means they reserve a payment on your card so they know you have the money to pay for the hire and any damage to the vehicle. That can be for hundreds of pounds so they're supposed to clear it from you account as soon as you've paid your bill. But that isn't always happening, landing some customers in trouble. Bob Howard reports :


Yes Loans

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is taking steps to close down a company which claims to process thousands of loan applications a week. The BBC has received more than 1,000 complaints about Yes Loans Ltd of Cwmbran, south Wales, since 2004.

The OFT will not say why it is "minded to revoke" its licence. An independent OFT adjudicator will make the final decision, which is subject to appeal. The company says it is committed to responding to the OFT's concerns.

Saving For Children

Tuesday sees the launch of the Junior ISA - friends and family can contribute up to £3600 a year to a child's savings, tax free. Unlike the Child Trust Fund there is no government contribution - so how good a deal is it? Fiona Woods reports, and Paul Lewis discusses parent's saving options with Christine Ross: Head of Financial Planning at SG Hambros.


Pension Charges

People who stop paying into a company pension scheme can be charged nearly twice as much as those who keep paying in. Several big insurers offer firms these 'active member discounts'. But the Pensions Regulator says they are unfair and should be called 'early leaver penalties'. They can cost the early leaver thousands of pounds. Insurers insist that many companies with a pension scheme prefer this so-called dual pricing and say it can be a fairer way to distribute the costs of running a pension schemes.

June Mulroy, executive director at the Pensions Regulator, Steven Cameron, head of regulatory strategy at Aegon and Tom McPhail, head of pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown join the programme.


BBC Radio 4's Money Box is broadcast on Saturday at 1204 BST and repeated on Sunday at 2102 BST.

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