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ICR276: Dan Ayling & Kieran Lynn, The Trap

Today on the podcast, I'm chatting to playwright Kieran Lynn and theatre director Dan Ayling, two of the creative team behind The Trap, a hilarious new comedy that's receiving its European premiere at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham from 31st October to 19th November. Kieran Lynn is an award-winning playwright. In 2012 he won the Nick Darke Award for his play Wild Fish. His play, An Incident at the Border was performed at the Finborough Theatre; a critical and commercial success the...

Duration: 00:17:00

ICR275: What an interest rate rise will mean for you

In today's episode, I'm looking at interest rates - how likely are they to rise next month, and what would any rate rise mean for your personal finances? There's also a roundup of the latest personal finance news and the aftershow, where I share some news from the world of Informed Choice.

Duration: 00:21:16

ICR274: Robert Carver, Smart Portfolios

Today on the show, I'm joined by Robert Carver, to discuss his new book, Smart Portfolios: A practical guide to building and maintaining intelligent investment portfolios. Rob is an independent investor, trader and writer. He spent over a decade working in the City of London before retiring from the industry in 2013. Rob's new book Smart Portfolios is about building and maintaining smart investment portfolios. At its heart are the three key questions every investor needs to answer; what...

Duration: 00:35:34

ICR273: Putting a price on happiness (with co-host Faith Archer)

Can money buy you happiness? That's our topic for this episode, with some new research aiming to place an actual monetary amount on being happy. The latest research from SunLife reveals that while cash and happiness are related, you don’t need to a millionaire to be happy – just £82 spare per week. In this episode we talk about how money is linked to happiness, some ways to find that extra spare cash each week, and why spending money on experiences leads to greater happiness levels than...

Duration: 00:23:39

ICR272: Scott Mautz, Find the Fire

Today on the show, I'm joined by Scott Mautz. Scott led several of Procter & Gamble’s largest multi-billion dollar businesses before becoming an award-winning speaker and author through his business Profound Performance. He was named a “CEO Thought-leader” by the CEO Executive Guild and a “Top 50 Leadership Innovator” by Inc. Magazine, He also teaches leadership and employee engagement at Indiana University. Scott's new book is Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration--and Make Work...

Duration: 00:33:56

ICR271: How to declutter your personal finances (with co-host Katy Kicker)

This week on the show, we're talking about how to declutter your personal finances. Katy and I chat about why it's so important to declutter when it comes to your personal finances, before sharing a few of our own tips for decluttering. Katy Stevens Katy Stevens is a money blogger known online as Katykicker. Katy started Katykicker because she was making money online and people wanted to know how. She’s happy knowing that she is able to share money making and saving websites and tips...

Duration: 00:32:41

ICR270: Ruth Williams, Walking in the Rain

My guest on the show today is behind a beautiful new book called Walking in the Rain. Ruth Williams is Managing Director at Department Store for the Mind. She's a business psychologist with a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology. The Department Store for the Mind is described as a place to explore the world inside your head: a vast and unique terrain of thoughts, ideas, emotions and memories. They believe think the journey into our own minds is the most challenging but worthwhile...

Duration: 00:26:57

ICR269: Stemming the tide of rising consumer debt (with co-host Kalpana Fitzpatrick)

This week on the show, we’re talking about stemming the tide of rising consumer debt. This is for you if you’ve got any unsecured consumer debts – things like store cards, credit cards, overdrafts, personal loans, car loans. We also discuss some of the issues with rising debt levels in the UK and how you can tackle any debts you might have. Introducing Kalpana Fitzpatrick Mummy Money Matters was launched by Kalpana Fitzpatrick, a well-respected financial journalist, broadcaster and...

Duration: 00:33:45

ICR268: Beth Kempton, Freedom Seeker

Beth Kempton is lifelong adventurer whose quest for freedom has taken her to the ends of the earth, and given her a catalogue of wild and crazy experiences. Beth has lived, worked and travelled in 50+ countries on every continent. She has worked with UN agencies, global brands and NGOs all over the world, advising on corporate social responsibility, instigating projects that have raised over $10 million for charity and earning a Master's degree in Japanese. That was all before she...

Duration: 00:32:58

ICR267: Christmas is coming! (with co-host Lynn James)

It's now less than 100 days until Christmas, so for those of us who like to plan ahead, it's really not that long to go. We've seen some new research this week which shows consumers start their Christmas shopping as soon as they see festive items in the shops, which can be as early as September, but it still takes 42 shopping trips and 37 hours of planning until they are finished with Christmas shopping. Lynn and I discuss effective Christmas shopping, gift inspiration and saving money...

Duration: 00:30:14

ICR266: Marion Shoard, How to Handle Later Life

My guest on the podcast today is Marion Shoard. Marion is acclaimed for her work in environmental activism. She is best known for her work concerning access to the countryside and land use conflicts. Since 2004 she has also worked in the field of older people's issues, the subject of her latest book and our discussion today. Marion was pitched into the world of older people's issues when her mother lost her sight and developed dementia. She set about assembling the straight-talking...

Duration: 00:30:08

ICR265: What's in your wallet? (with co-host Andy Webb)

Today on the show, we're talking about what's in your wallet and all things payment cards. It's the tenth anniversary of contactless payments in the UK, and we're also going to look at the pros and cons of charge charges and reward cards. The first contactless cards in the UK were launched in September 2007, with 111 million in issue in June 2017. During the first half of this year the amount spent using contactless technology (£23.23 billion) almost matched the amount spent in the...

Duration: 00:33:06

ICR264: Jean Chatzky, Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip

Have you ever considered the link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars (or pounds) to your retirement savings? My guest on the podcast today is co-author of a new book that aims to get us all talking about this vital link. Jean Chatzky is a leading personal expert in the US. She's the long-time financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, a best-selling author and host of HerMoney with Jean Chatzky - a podcast for...

Duration: 00:22:36

ICR263: Underestimating the cost of care (with Faith Archer)

According to some new research, people in the UK are underestimating the cost of elderly care by £7bn every year. That's according to research from Scottish Widows’ independent think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. On average, UK adults estimate that residential care would cost £549 a week – when in reality it costs on average £866 for a place in a nursing home – leaving a shortfall of £317 every week. In this episode, we talk about why people often underestimate the cost of care...

Duration: 00:29:55

ICR262: Erin Odom, More Than Just Making It

What happens when you get trapped in a cycle of financial frustration? When it feels like everything you try to get out of debt and back on track financially is failing? My guest on the podcast today is Erin Odom, founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living and designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. Erin joins me today to talk about reaching her own financial breaking point and the lessons it taught her. After growing up in private schools...

Duration: 00:28:44

ICR261: Real world maths skills (with Katy Kicker)

In this episode of Informed Choice Radio, what are the real world maths skills we should be teaching in schools? I'm joined by Katykicker to chat about new research that has found that more than three in five millennials in the UK have never used GCSE maths skills in everyday life, things such as algebra and trigonometry. There's also a roundup of the latest personal finance news and the aftershow segment too. Introducing Katy Stevens Katy Stevens is a money blogger known online as...

Duration: 00:32:30

ICR260: Liz Zeidler, Happy City

My guest on the show today is founder of a charity which exists to get people talking, thinking and moving towards what really matters. Liz Zeidler is chief executive of Happy City. Her mission is to improve lives, our society and our planet through an increased focus on happiness and wellbeing. This may all sound sweet and fluffy but that is only because what we mean by ‘happiness’ has been corrupted. Happy City wants to reclaim happiness from commercial triviality and make it a...

Duration: 00:35:25

ICR259: Demystifying car finance with Stuart Masson, The Car Expert.

This week on the show, I'm talking about demystifying car finance and I'm joined by Stuart Masson, founder of The Car Expert. There's also the aftershow segment, which this week includes an important announcement about this podcast, so stay tuned to find out more. Stuart Masson Stuart founded The Car Expert in 2011. Originally from Australia, he's got a passion for cars and the car industry. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by...

Duration: 00:42:50

ICR258: Humphrey Bowles, Insurance for the Sharing Economy

My guest on the show today is Humphrey Bowles. Our conversation cover two main areas, which Humphrey and his team have brought together through GUARDHOG; that's insurtech and the sharing economy. You're probably already familiar with the sharing economy, but insurtech might be a new term for you, like it was for me. Insurtech refers to the use of technology innovations designed to squeeze out savings and efficiency from the current insurance industry model. Humphrey's business GUARDHOG...

Duration: 00:28:47

ICR257: Michael Nicholas, Making Complex Decisions with Confidence in a Fast-Moving World

How to do you make your decisions? The decisions we make every day – frequently automatic and incredibly fast – impact every area of our lives. My guest on the show today is an expert when it comes to making decisions in an increasing complex world. Michael Nicholas is author of The Little Black Book of Decision Making. His book delves into the cognition behind decision making, guiding you through the different ways your mind approaches various scenarios. Michael is a coach, corporate...

Duration: 00:28:13

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