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I wonder if the ancient sin of charging interest - known as riba in the Islamic tradition and usury in extreme form - can still be considered a sin when rates turn negative?”

Financial Times letters page, 12th October 2019

It’s crunch week for Brexit. While the UK and EU continue to fret over final arrangements for Irish customs, stock markets weigh up the challenges and opportunities ahead. Investment professionals are watching carefully, and I particularly enjoyed attending the Miton Investment Forum last Tuesday, with some key themes which feature in today’s commentary.

In our world of geo-political instability, Brexit and climate change, these challenges and opportunities are coming to a head at much the same time: with serious problems developing for Europe, some surprising developments in energy generation in the US, and a re-awakening of interest in the UK post-Brexit.

So please READ ON .. as this week we pick out some of Miton's key themes to help chart the choppy waters ahead.


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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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The Bigger Picture: Institutional decline and reputation and obituaries to die for

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers the issue of institutional decline and asks if modern organisations – whether private of public – have lost track of how to assess their reputation in the eyes of their customers, instead using statistics to prove that everything is wonderful. And admitting his obsession with obituaries, Tim looks at the death of a former editor of The Morning Star.

This is Money: Does buying a property at auction really get you a good deal?

If you want a good deal, an undervalued gem, or a fixer-upper to make money on - buy a home at auction. That's the common theory, but does it actually work in practice? There's a chance you might find an underrated home, but there's also the risk that you may get caught up in competition with another buyer and overpay - as many who end up in a bidding war do. On this week's episode, we switch off Homes Under the Hammer and go watch some real life homes go under the hammer at a property auction. Reporter Grace Gausden tells us about the auction room atmosphere, and Simon Lambert, Georgie Frost and George Nixon discuss tips to make sure you stay on the right side of a bargain hunt. Plus, Simon explains the circular economy and why it's important to get capitalism on side to stop trashing the planet. And finally, buying a brand new car isn't very green, but you could save a lot of money on them at the moment as dealers are pre-registering them to meet sales targets and then selling them at up to 40 per cent off. The team explain why.

The Top Ten: The Horror Film

Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential horror films of all time. Why are audiences so drawn to horror – and where do we draw the line? In this episode: The Birds (1963), The Exorcist (1973), Don’t Look Now (1974), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Alien (1979), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Funny Games (1997), High Tension (2003), Get Out (2017), A Quiet Place (2018).

Gadgets & Gizmos: Make-your-own-flavour KitKats

Steve Caplin looks at the new service to choose your own flavour of KitKat - for a price. He has news of how fast our thumbs are getting, of earbuds to help you get the most out of the sound at a concert, of the new warnings on e-scooters, of a clever new suitcase that charges your phone as you wheel it, of why high rooftops are being bought up in London and why workers in the UK are sabotaging robots.

Motley Fool Money: The Genius at Apple

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: Bed Bath & Beyond gets a boost from a new CEO; IAC unloads its stake in Match Group; Domino’s cools off on increased competition; Roku rises on a big investment; And Hooters’ parent company gets into the cancer drug development business. Motley Fool analysts Aaron Bush, Ron Gross, and Jason Moser discuss those stories and talk about the business ripple effects of the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. Plus, bestselling author Leander Kahney shares some insights from his new book, Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level.

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Labour Party

Simon Rose is joined by political commentator and author of The Groucho Tendency blog, Mike Indian, to discuss how UK politics has got to where it is today. In this episode, Simon and Mike discuss the history of the Labour Party.

Modern Mindset: Animal Phobias

Adam Cox talks to animal educator and founder of Creature Courage, Britain Kitten. Britain discusses why so many people fear animals, as well as which animals are most likely to cause a negative reaction in people. She shares how fears, and even phobias, can be eliminated – and how her collection of tarantulas is helping cure arachnophobes across the UK.

Track Record: Steven Van Bellegham

Steven Van Bellegham is a thought leader, marketer, and keynote speaker. Steven is also an entrepreneur who likes to invest in start-ups, and works in consultancy with organisations of all sizes. He is co-founder of consultancy firm Nexxworks and of content creation company Snackbytes, and he’s a guest marketing professor at Vlerick Business School. He loves Disney, and admires how President Barack Obama used to handle his ‘homework’ at the White House. Listen on to find out more.

The Business of Film: Joker & Judy

James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office chart, dominated by a huge £12.6m opening for Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. Judy, with Renee Zellweger, only managed £2.1m at #2. James forecasts that both stars will be Oscar-nominated or, in the case of Judy, "garlanded". For home release James chooses the Mexican film The Chambermaid, which he found compelling in the extreme.

Motley Fool Answers: Gaming, ESports, and Kids These Days

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. I n this week's show: Jason Moser is back as we talk about investing in gaming companies and esports (and come to the realization that we, too, are gamers).

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: SIG, Mondi, Dunelm and recruiters

Helal Miah of The Share Centre looks at recent company news from SIG, Mondi, Dunelm and recruiters Robert Walters and Page Group. He also looks ahead to Hays, in the same field, as well as Unilever, Rio Tinto, BHP, ASOS and W H Smith.

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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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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