What could the general election mean for your money? This is Money podcast

The Prime Minister put an end to all the speculation this week by giving us the date for the general election: July 4.

That comes as the latest inflation reading was 2.3 per cent, a little above forecasts making a base rate cut next month now unlikely.

Simon Lambert, Georgie Frost and Lee Boyce delve into the economic state of affairs and what the upcoming election could mean for your money, when it comes to tax, pensions, property and everything in-between.

Nationwide Building Society posted pre-tax profits of £1.77bn this week and as a result, it is dishing out another year of ‘Fairer Share’ loyalty payouts of £100 – will you qualify?

And not only that, it is now offering £200 to switchers and an exclusive 5.5 per cent loyalty savings rate.

How does early retirement sound to you? It seems it appeals to a lot of us because searches on Google for ‘retire early’ have increased threefold in the last decade.

But how much would you be willing to sacrifice to achieve it? At the extreme end, we have the FIRE movement, advocating saving 70 per cent of your income.

Special guest, former This is Money editor Andrew Oxlade had had enough – he explains why.

Lastly, This is Money has a new regular series with valuation expert Dan Hatfield – Lee reveals all about the first one, all about first edition books, and gives details on how to get YOUR items valued for free.

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