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The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

In conversation at a curio/antiques shop over the weekend, I enquired what young people’s attitude was to buying antiques. “They're only interested in things if they have a utilitarian value” said the shopkeeper, and he cited an example of a large piece of Victorian furniture which sold for £6,000 a couple of decades ago and recently fetched just £20.

So it is with so much of modern life — we value the present much higher than either the past or the future; the latter because, if we'd like our descendants to remember where they came from, we would need to leave them a legacy, which we’re clearly not prepared to do.

So please READ ON .. as this week we consider a range of areas afflicted by this timeline poverty — and we go on to show how this focus on the ‘now’ threatens the whole prospect of a legacy for our species as a result of both climate change and international aggression.

 

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Financially it feels as if the eye of the storm is approaching, and the Financial Outlook and Motley Fool reflect these concerns; meanwhile the Bigger Picture takes a look at the UK Government’s levelling-up proposals. This week's episode from This Is Money asks how the new environment of rapidly rising interest rates will affect everyday personal finance.

There four episodes of Modern Mindset, covering app-based budgeting, diabetes, prostate cancer and surfing (in the sea), and The Hypnotist helps you build confidence through looking for role models. Plus there are our regular reviews of movies (including the latest Jurassic World release) and gadgets  — and do check out our latest podcast promotion clip for Gadgets & Gizmos!

 

 

 

 

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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.
Thought for the Week: Our human legacy — personal and species

In much of modern life we value the present much higher than either the past or the future; the latter because, if we'd like our descendants to remember where they came from, we would need to leave them a legacy — which we’re clearly not prepared to do, either in our personal and civic lives. So this week we consider some of the range of areas afflicted by this timeline poverty, and how this focus on the ‘now’ threatens the whole prospect of a legacy for our species as a result of both climate change and international aggression.

Background music: Turn by The Tower of Light

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Stress test your portfolio & wait for opportunities
Russ Mould points out that while central bankers may claim the war in Ukraine is responsible for inflation surging, it's their long-standing zero-interest-rate policy that has stacked the combustible material up ready to be ignited. For investors, the aim must be to preserve capital as markets react. Stress test your portfolio and think about sectors like banks (already pricing in recession) and real assets. There will be opportunities to come for those who have cash to hand.
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 This Is Money: How will rapidly rising interest rates affect you?

Base rate has gone from 0.1% to 1.25% in the space of six months, in a flurry of rate rising that would have been considered unthinkable a year ago. Yet, as the Bank of England delivered another 0.25% raise, voices were raised in some corners to demand why it hadn't gone further. Why not a 0.5% jump or even a 0.75% one, as the Fed had delivered in the US? With inflation running at 9% and expected to head north into double digits, the onus is on the Bank of England to show it has a grip and we aren't heading back to the 1970s. But is rapidly raising rates the right thing to do and how will it affect savers, borrowers and investors? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert discuss the case for and against rate rises and what the impact is for the economy and people. Mortgage rates have risen even faster than the base rate, so what can those who need to remortgage do - and will this sink house prices? The team assess the prospects for the property market and offer their tips on what borrowers should do to prepare and protect themselves. Meanwhile, over in the US, it's the stock market that's suffering as rates rise. Why is that, and how bad could this bear market be? And finally, petrol prices keep hitting record highs and we want people to switch to electric cars but the Government has swiped away the £1,500 grant that helps people buy more affordable models. Will that make a difference, or has electric car demand reached a level where ditching a bung to help out is wise?

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The Bigger Picture: What is the government's vision, levelling up & the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks what the vision – if any – is of the Tory Government and worries that we are witnessing the dialogue of the deaf. He looks at the levelling-up debate and how our politics is so riven with contradictions. He reserves praise, however, for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, which he considers a masterclass in strategic communications and statecraft, an enriching series of events with something for everyone.

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Is Google's computer alive and other robotic innovations

Steve Caplin goes all robotic in this week's tech show. As well as a robot waiter and a robot pizza maker, there's a pea-sized robot doing an obstacle course and a sweaty robotic finger. At Google, there's an argument over whether one of its robots is actually alive, with an engineer claiming it is and trying to get it a lawyer. Internet Explorer is no more, there's a solar panel-festooned car and cars charged by an induction loop. And Sony have brought out a high-end Walkman MP3 player costing a mere £2,999.

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Business of Film: Jurassic World Dominion, The Worst Person in the World, Cha Cha Real Smooth

James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, up 32% with the arrival of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ at #1. James, a fan of the franchise, found it breathless entertainment. It pushed ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ to #2 though that's now the highest grosser of 2022. With no other major new films, James chose Foreign Oscar nominee ‘The Worst Person in the World’ as his DVD of the month, recommending it as a daring, brave and memorable movie. He also looked at Sundance winner ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’, out on Apple+.

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Motley Fool Money: Market Whiplash, Emerging Trends, and Battling Tech Giants (17/6)

The Fed raises interest rates as the S&P 500 heads for its worst week since March 2020. Ron Gross and Maria Gallagher discuss stocks rallying on Wednesday afternoon only to fall on Thursday, Adobe's latest results being outweighed by guidance, Roku's new partnership with Walmart, winners and losers from the trend of people returning to restaurants and the latest from Kroger, Oracle, and Chewy. Meanwhile senior analyst Auri Hughes and CEO Tom Gardner talk with Rimini CEO Seth Ravin about his company's unique opportunity and its legal battle with Oracle and Maria and Ron share two stocks on their radar: Rover Group and Sportradar Group. Stocks discussed on the show: KR, ADBE, NFLX, ROKU, WMT, YELP, DASH, KO, PEP, ORCL, CHWY, RMNI, ROVR, SRAD; Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Maria Gallagher, Ron Gross, Auri Hughes, Tom Gardner, Seth Ravin

 

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Motley Fool Money: 0.75% Rate Hike Gets Thumbs-Up From Investors (15/6)

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates three-quarters of a percent, the biggest hike since 1994. Ron Gross discusses the positive reaction in the stock market, prospects for much lower inflation in 2023, borrowing costs going higher and expectations for more rate hikes later this year. Plus, Asit Sharma talks with Pubmatic CEO Rajeev Goel about why his company is becoming more predictably profitable, and the growing opportunity in connected TV. Stocks discussed: PUBM, PG, WPP; Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Ron Gross, Asit Sharma, Rajeev Goel.

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The Hypnotist: Danielle Confidence
Building confidence to deal with interviews and applications for promotion can be challenging when potential role models appear boastful or arrogant — behaviour one might not want to copy. So it can be useful to seek out an example of someone who not only has the necessary confidence but also the characteristics one might wish to emulate. This approach is known as a circle of excellence or, as Adam Cox describes it, a cylinder of confidence.  
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Modern Mindset: Nick Hounsfield and Llewellyn Nicholls ahead of International Surfing Day

Adam Cox is joined by Nick Hounsfield, Founder of inland surfing destination The Wave, and bodyboarder Llewellyn Nicholls, ahead of International Surfing Day to discuss the benefits of surfing. Nick explains what The Wave is and how people can get into surfing, whilst Llewellyn talks about the challenge he is undertaking on the 21 June. www.thewave.com

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Modern Mindset: Chris Addison and Dr Roger Henderson for Men's Health Week

Adam Cox is joined by Senior GP and Broadcaster Dr Roger Henderson and Chris Addison, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 but is now thankfully cancer-free, for Men's Health Week to discuss a new survey from Bayer UK that reveals men's attitudes toward their own health. They talk about the launch of the "Shed by Shed: Rebuilding the Fight Against Prostate Cancer" campaign, and the pair explain why talking about men's health is so important. www.bayer.com

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Modern Mindset: Mohsin Rashid on Solutions for the Cost-of-Living Crisis

Adam Cox is joined by Mohsin Rashid, Co-Founder of ZIPZERO, to discuss some potential solutions to take the pressure off of consumers in light of the cost-of-living crisis. Mohsin explains what brought him to create the ZIPZERO app, and how and how it aims to help users save money on household bills.www.zipzero.com

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Modern Mindset: Dr Ian Braithwaite, Dr Silja Voolma and Marv Yeller for Diabetes Week

Adam Cox is joined by Dr Ian Braithwaite, CEO of Try Habitual, Dr Silja Voolma, Behavioural Scientist, and pre-diabetes patient, Marv Yeller, for Diabetes Week to discuss new research which reveals the stigma and negative stereotypes surrounding Diabetes. They explain ways in which these misconceptions and stigmas can be addressed, and Ian explains who Habitual are and what they do. www.tryhabitual.com

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The case for investment trusts

Jonathan Davis, editor of the Investment Trusts Handbook, tells Simon Rose what makes investment trusts special and why investors should consider their merits. He explains the differences to other types of funds, including the premium and discount. He discusses the yields on alternative assets (including renewable energy and even music royalties) and how trusts can continue paying dividends even in bad years. The handbook, from Harriman House, is available in hardbook or free as an ebook (https://tinyurl.com/mt69fc24).

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Motley Fool Answers: So Long, and Thanks for All the STOCKS!

It’s the last episode of Answers (but don’t worry, we’re just moving to Motley Fool Money every Tuesday). We’ll reminisce on our biggest lessons learned over the last seven years and answer your questions, some financial, some festive.

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   The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why investing in shares needs a much higher profile on TV and Radio
Lord John Lee has become a champion for people investing in the stock market over recent years: he's written three books on investing, he's a patron of ShareSoc, the society for individual shareholders in the United Kingdom, and he's now challenging Government, broadcasters and regulators to encourage a much higher profile for investing in shares on TV and radio. Gavin Oldham meets with John to discuss the background to his initiative and his proposals for change; and they go on to consider how customer share ownership can be expanded, how to encourage more active participation in shareholder voting, and how to improve financial education.
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The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Female high-powered businesses

The Talk by the WealthiHer Network, every month on Share Radio: this month we are here to talk about the secrets of some of UK leading female businesses leaders and their journeys within launching their businesses. Tamara Gillan is joined by Charlotte Bobroff, the executive director at J.P. Morgan who has been incremental with working with female founders from female high-powered businesses. She recently curated an event surrounding female high-powered businesses and she will be discussing her findings. Also, we have the pleasure of Daina Speddings, who is an investor at BGF and will share her perspective on the investment journey.

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Share Drama: A Christmas Carol - the beloved classic, retold!

Scrooge has made the deal of his life with Chinese investors and must now quickly return to London on Christmas Eve to close the deal. On the flight back, during a fitful sleep, Scrooge confronts his past and present and learns the future consequences of his miserly life to find the true meaning of Christmas. Proscenium Online Theatre is super excited to be bringing you a whole new season of audio dramas in 2022. Starting off with 'The Girl in the Yellow Dress', a dark romance by South African playwright Craig Higginson, and 'Plunder', an original Hong Kong based thriller by American playwright Alan Olejniczak. In the meantime - sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the Proscenium Online Theatre’s production of 'A Christmas Carol'.

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Gavin Oldham Capital Economics UK economy Brexit
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses with Simon Rose the ideas behind Egalitarian Capitalism as espoused by Gavin Oldham OBE, amongst other things the founder of Share Radio. He's keen to see a world with inter-generational rebalancing, where everyone has a disintermediated stake in capitalism (for more, see tinyurl.com/mrhzcb27). Tim also asks if Boris Johnson is still a lucky general or are his days numbered?
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Investor Conferences: Panel Sesson - Sustainable & Social Investing in a Post-Covid World

Join the Sustain:Social panel session on December '21, considering the outlook for investors in the wake of the COP26 in Glasgow. The panel comprises of - Chair: Rodney Hobson Panel: Gervais Williams (Premier Miton Group); Jamie Broderick (Impact Investing Institute); Mohan Gundu (Sustainable Funds Group); Mike Appleby (Liontrust Sustainable Investment team); Gavin Oldham (The Share Foundation / Share Radio).

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The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge

Food banks are providing a vital role to help people this winter, and the Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 throughout the United Kingdom. In this special episode of The Bigger Picture, their Chief Executive Emma Revie briefs supporters about their progress, and their plans for the future. If you would like to support the extraordinary work undertaken by this charity, please visit https://trusselltrust.org

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: the unabridged Budget speech

If you missed Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his speech on 27 October, here's your chance to hear it. Plus, read our commentary on Monday 1 November for Share Radio's perspective, including our assessment of the contrast with the mid-70s, when public borrowing last hit stratospheric levels.

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The Bigger Picture: A World of Individual Opportunity - the Vision of Egalitarian Capitalism

Imagine a world in which everyone has a stake in the great tech firms that serve them each day, and where dividends are gradually replacing wages to provide regular income for everyone, as work becomes scarcer as a result of automation? Imagine a world where every young person not only has a small inheritance with which to start their adult life, but also the opportunity to build its value by learning life skills? Simon Rose is taking a well-earned break this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you a talk given Gavin Oldham in August to the leading City of London think-tank Z/Yen.

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Sharefound: Good News for 16-18 year-olds in Wales!

On 31 August '21 The Share Foundation hosted a virtual event for young people in Wales, to help them find money that the government put away in a Child Trust Fund for when they reached 18. All young people born in the UK from 1st September 2002 should have one of these accounts, but huge numbers don't know anything about them! With Welsh-speaking help from Jac, this audio podcast of the virtual event tells you all about your good fortune, and invites you to register at https://findCTF.sharefound.org so that Sharefound can help link you with your money. Please share! And if you want to join a virtual event yourself, please visit https://www.sharefound.org/ctf-virtual-events and register for your choice of date: they're taking place each fortnight.

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 Economist Questions: A ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ Workplace: Tricky Balancing Act?
Research into workplace productivity and management practice is often focused on the links between ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ practices. ‘Good’ covers employee-friendly policies; for instance, those providing opportunities for better Work Life Balance. In contrast, ‘Efficient’ practice includes the use of KPIs, setting clear performance expectations and tackling underperformance where it is identified. In this episode Peter Urwin and Professor Richard Saundry discuss this, drawing on their own understanding as researchers and experiences as line managers. The operational reality is that managers hold a position between the interests of their organisation and those who work for them – how do they balance the (often competing) need to create both efficient and good workplaces?
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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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