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Fergus will be back on the John Beattie Show on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday just after the 1pm news with some great tips to help organise your money and understand your consumer rights. This week he'll be looking at the best way to spring clean your finances at the beginning of a new tax year. Catch up on previous shows here

Moneysucks for musicians

Have a look at the first part of our new series on how musicians can best maximise and protect their income from their own words and music.

It’s only an advert but…

There are some really dubious adverts on TV in the afternoons, and after a while they all kind of merge into one big long turgid televisual treat about how you can sue someone who made you break your leg as you fell out of your car at 100 miles an hour while you were filling in an application for life assurance to pay for a really nice funeral with lovely flowers and a fabulous headstone, to make sure that your loved ones have enough after you’re gone to invest in a dubious pyramid scheme* and then when it goes wrong to sue someone else and have to borrow more at 1500% APR** to pay all of the claims managements experts/ lawyers/ consultants who you have appointed to help you sort out the mess on a no-win no-fee basis*** because you call a loan company and arrange it all during a 10 minute phone consultation after which the money will all be deposited in your bank account without you even having to get up off the sofa that you’ve just ordered interest-free and on-line from DFS.

*The value of these investments can fall as well as plummet.
**Representative APR. Your loan might cost a f**k of a lot more.
***No-win no-fee still allows us to deduct our expenses and other associated costs before we give you anything.

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It looks as if the Financial conduct Authority might be about to take action to help so-called 'mortgage prisoners', borrowers who have loans with companies that are no longer trading.
60 Second Tips

In a brand new series listen to and watch Fergus Muirhead here as he explains common money and consumer issues in less than one minute.
This series will build up over the next few months into a valuable library of money and consumer tips, all delivered in a simple and straightforward way.

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