Monday Media Round-Up – Trying times

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February 25, 2019

25/02/2019 In these trying times, a glance at the news can make it seem like we’re being driven further and further apart. But there was a time when society was all about togetherness. And that time was the seventies.

Yes, the seventies was a taste-free decade filled with hyper-inflation, discontented workers and rubbish public services (sound familiar?) but it was also a time when families who dressed together stayed together.

Millennials, be grateful that you will never know the hardship of a hideous, scratchy, heavy wool knit in the height of summer.

Here’s the news!

Being negative

What if interest rates dropped to below zero? That’s the latest in an ongoing series or terrifying scenarios of a post-Brexit world. Would savers have to pay banks? Would mortgages become free? Would we all go on a mad spending spree? And in other Brexit news, are you ready for the documentation you’ll need to drive abroad and should you buy your travel money now?

Interest rates could be slashed into negative territory for the first time EVER to save the economy from no-deal Brexit chaos, warns former BoE policymaker.

Motorists, are you prepared for driving abroad post-Brexit? Here’s the extra documentation you need to consider after March 29

No-deal Brexit: should you buy your holiday money now?

A trip down memory brain

Could someone really hijack your memories? Do we need to copyright our innermost thoughts and ideas? Last week, the BBC ran an article about how technology and science are edging towards memory retention, brain downloading and self-editing and deleting the mind – it’s closer than you think…

Could hackers ‘brainjack’ your memories in future?

Help the aged

Sometimes newspapers launch campaigns on subjects that are too important to ignore. The Mail on Sunday’s latest campaign is on fraudsters exploiting – and in some cases even marrying – people with dementia. We’re fully supporting the Mail in this campaign.

This wicked abuse MUST be stopped: How financial exploitation of the elderly is a growing scourge.

The legal loophole that lets predators marry the vulnerable – and steal their family’s inheritance.

How the law around suspicious marriages fails dementia sufferers – and millions are at risk.

A house is not a home

The BBC takes a look at houses and five surprising factors you may not be aware of about our stagnant housing market. For those who are able to get on to the property ladder, watch out for dodgy new builds with rubbish leaseholder agreements – as one of the prime offenders faces a profit meltdown as buyers avoid dodgy deals.

Housing costs: Five surprises explained.

Persimmon’s shares hit by Help to Buy fears.

Somebody’s knocking on my door…

The takeover bid for Provident Financial might not catch your eye, but what’s interesting is the doorstep lender has 800,000 doorstep borrowers and another 1.7 million holders of its Vanquis credit card that charges up to 69.9% interest. That’s 2 million people borrowing at huge rates with just one firm – an alarming insight in the tip of the high-cost lending iceberg.

Doorstep lender Provident Financial receives £1.3bn takeover bid.

…and finally…

Imagine making a really big purchase but being unable to fit it in. That’s the problem faced by householders across the land who are being hit with huge delivery costs for items that don’t fit in to their homes – despite giving the dimensions to the business. Check out this article featuring our top tips.

Sofa can’t get through the front door? How to get a refund if furniture bought in the sales won’t fit in your home.

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