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Informed Choice Radio Personal Finance Podcast

Jul 28, 2017

This week on the show, I'm talking about lifelogging and what it means for your money.

Wikipedia defines lifelogging as a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life in terms of inputs (food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance, whether mental or physical.

In short, lifelogging or quantified self is self-knowledge through self-tracking with technology.

But what does this approach to personal technology mean for your relationship with money?

In this episode I talk about some of the lifelogging tools I'm using to monitor and improve my health and fitness, before talking about an interesting (and painful!) new tool which could be revolutionary when it comes to managing our money-related behaviour.

There’s also a roundup of the latest personal finance news headlines and an update on the world of Informed Choice this week.


Personal finance news

-The UK economy could be put at risk due to a sharp rise in personal loans. The Bank of England has warned about rising car loans, credit card balance transfers and personal loans, which have risen by 10% in the past year.

-If you've got any old £1 coins left in your purse or wallet, you've got less than three months left to spend them. According to the Treasury, there are now more of the new 12-sided £1 coins in circulation than the old circular version.

-Thousands of people have paid too much tax when withdrawing money from their pensions. HMRC's latest Pension Schemes Newsletter reveals that in just three months it has had to repay over £25m in excess income tax taken from savers on pension funds withdrawn using ‘pension freedoms’.

-BMW Group has announced that a battery-electric Mini will go into production in 2019 at the company’s factory in Oxford. The electric drivetrain for the new electric Mini will be built in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, BMW's main production location for the MINI 3-door Hatch.

-Estate agents are suffering as a result of a slowing housing market. Foxtons reported profits falling by 64% in the first half of the year and Countrywide reported a 98% fall in profits, saying they would not pay a dividend to investors.