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You can’t dither when an opportunity comes along, you must just grab it”

Julia Albu

The quotation above is from an 82-year-old grandmother, who in 2018 drove her 20 year-old Toyota 9,000 miles from Cape Town to London: up the eastern flank of Africa to Cairo, across into mainland Europe, and on to London. At an age when people are increasingly shuffled into long-term care, she weighed up the risks - and went for it.

Individuals who are prepared to take risks are absolutely essential, not only for ensuring a real quality of life but also for our economic progress. Unfortunately, this seems to have passed Messrs. Corbyn and McDonnell by. So please READ ON .. as this week we ask: ‘are risk-takers welcome here? Are those standing for election on 12th December encouraging them, or are they threatening to drive them overseas?’

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St. Paul's besieged

Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.

 

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Sustainable & Social Investing Conference

Nowadays, you can invest with conscience to help spread a little good around the world – as well as keeping an eye on your returns. Did you know for instance, that investing in sustainable businesses over the last few years now delivers equal, or even better returns than conventional investments*? Whether you want to support businesses working to reverse climate change, ensure access to clean water for everyone, give people a head-start with a micro-loan or encourage gender diversity and equality in the boardroom – you can do this. Find out how at the first Sustainable & Social Investing Conference – for private investors, in London, on Thursday 12th December (not the only important thing happening that day!) Share Radio are media partners which means our listeners can claim £20 off the cost of the ticket – just remember to use the code SHARERADIO when you register. Find out more by visiting the website sustain.social.

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The Bigger Picture: Antisemitism, Party Manifestos and The YouGov MRP poll

With less than two weeks until the election, Ed Bowsher gets the lowdown from political expert, Mike Indian. Ed and Mike discuss the ongoing anti-semitism crisis in the Labour Party as well as the manifestos from all the major parties. Mike also explains why the YouGov MRP poll is seen as the Gold Standard of opinion polls.

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Gadgets And Gizmos: Google Stadia, Tesla's New Pick-Up Truck, & Plastic From Fish Waste

Steve Caplin tells Ed Bowsher about Google's new online gaming service: Google Stadia. If successful, the service may kill the gaming console. Steve also discusses Tesla's disastrous launch of its new pick-up truck.

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This is Money: What does the election mean for your finances?

Will this election really prove to be about Brexit? That issue was predicted to define the vote, but while each party’s Brexit stance will be at the forefront of people’s minds there are many other factors that now seem to be heavily influencing how the 12 December general election is shaping up. One of the biggest is the battle over the economy and our personal finances. There’s a sizeable difference between Labour’s tax and spending plans and those of the Tories. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats propose their own sizeable tax and spending rises but at less than half the Labour increase. So what do all these promises and plans mean for you? On this week’s podcast, Georgie Frost, Simon Lambert and Lee Boyce dig into the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos to find out. What is the chance of any of their plans working? Will the tax rises pull in the money expected – and can the spending be used wisely? And what of the other things Britain needs to achieve? Is more housebuilding compatible with combatting climate change, protecting the environment and looking after the countryside – and what have beavers got to do with it?

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Policy Matters: Economics, the media and policymakers – how can economists communicate their research more effectively?

In this episode of Policy Matters, hosts Franz Buscha and Matt Dickson talk to Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government. Gemma was previously the economics correspondent at the Financial Times and also worked for many years as an academic economist and so has broad experience of economists’ work from a variety of angles. Firstly, Gemma discusses the work of the Institute, and how the demands that Brexit has placed on the government has hindered domestic policymaking. Given her experience as both a researcher and economic journalist, Franz and Matt go on to discuss with Gemma how economics is reported in the media, the difficulty of explaining the complexities of the economy in ‘public-friendly’ ways and what economists can learn in this area from other sciences. The discussion then turns to thinking about how economists interact with policymakers and how this has evolved over time, before Gemma talks about the policies that she would like to see considered in public and policy debate, whoever is developing the domestic policy agenda in the post-Brexit UK.

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Motley Fool Money: Humble Pie, Turkey Stocks, & Stocks We’re Thankful For

Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: it’s our Thanksgiving Special! Analysts Andy Cross, Ron Gross, and Jason Moser share why they’re thankful for stocks MarketAxess, CRISPR, and Zoetis. They discuss why investors might want to avoid stock market turkeys Uber, TripAdvisor, and Smile Direct. And since no Thanksgiving is complete without dessert, we dig into a few slices of humble pie and talk Arista, Camping World Holdings, and Eventbrite. Plus, we revisit our conversation with Oaktree Capital co-founder Howard Marks, author of Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side.

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Mini Mindset: Precious Metals

Adam Cox is joined by Trevor Raymond, leader of research and investor development for the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). They discuss how precious metals are good vehicles to hedge against uncertainty in volatile markets, as well as how Brexit and the general election could mean that precious metals such as platinum could be a safe haven with opportunity for growth.

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The Business Of Film: Frozen 2, Last Christmas, Blue Story, & Werewolf

James Cameron-Wilson runs down the top ten films at the UK box office with Ed Bowsher. James says that 'Last Christmas' is 'just terrible' but is more positive about 'Frozen 2' and 'Judy and Punch.' For his home entertainment release of the week, James focuses on 'Werewolf' which he says is 'definitely not a werewolf movie.'

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Motley Fool Answers: November Mailbag with a Side of Stuffing

Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. In this week's show, the team answers November's questions about the wash-sale rule, Finnish tax law (yes, seriously), evaluating ETFs, and more.

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Modern Mindset: The Age of Ethical Investing

Adam Cox is joined by financial adviser, Tim Morris, to discuss the growing trend for Ethical Investing. Tim explains that due to climate, environmental, and controversial policies many investors are choosing investments that are ethical and sustainable; that avoid companies involved in things like military funding and pollution, or those that contribute to poor health such as tobacco. They explore why some governments, such as in the US, appear to be in defiance of this positive trend – and share their predictions for the future of ethical investing.

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Mini Mindset: WTF is an ETF?

Will Rhind, founder and CEO of GraniteShares, joins Adam Cox to talk about how ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and ETPs (Exchange Traded Products) can give investors opportunities for diversification, growth and protection against uncertainty – normally only accessible to sophisticated investors or hedge funds.

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The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Cineworld, Compass & Pets At Home

Ian Forrest from The Share Centre gives his overview of current markets and discusses updates from Compass, Pets at Home, De La Rue and Marstons. He also looks ahead to resutls from Cineworld, Berkeley Group and DS Smith.

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VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.

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Superinvestors

In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

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The Share Foundation

How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.

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