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The downturn has all the hallmarks of affecting the youngest and most disadvantaged the most. Not simply financially, but in their experiences, training and opportunities.

A nakedly political Budget recognises that this group votes with far less frequency. A compassionate Budget ignores this fact. A smart Budget remembers these are tomorrow's voters.”

Simon French, Chief Economist at Panmure Gordon, writing in The Times

On Wednesday 3 March UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers his first forward-looking Budget, charting a way forward out of the pandemic. Will it be political, compassionate or smart? It needs to be the latter.

Freed from the shackles of the pandemic by the vaccine, and from EU regulation by Brexit, this country needs new dynamism – and, while many all of us older folk will want to put our shoulder behind the wheel to help, that new energy must come from the young.

Meanwhile Lord Bird (pictured left), founder of ‘The Big Issue’, has introduced a Bill in the second chamber entitled ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations’. Hats off to him for focusing on the long term, something which doesn't come easily to parliamentarians.

So please READ ON .. as this week we focus on a fiscal framework which would encourage young people to thrive from the adventures and opportunities of adult life.  



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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.


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The Share Interview: Ransomware

The world of cyber security can seem mysterious and intimidating to the uninitiated, not least when it comes to all the jargon. In this episode, Vicky Sayers is joined by Cyber Security Expert at UNISYS, JP Cavanna, to talk about the dangers of one particular cyber security buzzword: ransomware. They discuss the background and growth of this form of malware, and some of the ways we can mitigate against the threat. JP also talks about a certain “white hat vigilante” who has become known for hacking the hackers – more information about which can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dE5X37

The Bigger Picture: Why the welfare state should be reformed and why the MOD needs to innovate

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University on why politicians should admit that we need to think beyond the welfare state of the early 20th century and explains why it should be Labour and the Liberals who show the way. He discusses The Integrated Review, the much-delayed review of Britain's defence and foreign police and says the MOD needs to innovate - and quickly. And he looks at signs that central planning is being rolled back in Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Cuba.

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Have bonds finally reached their tipping point?

Russ Mould, Investment Director of A J Bell, highlights the current danger in bonds. After a bull run lasting over three decades, are there signs that the end is nigh? Gilt yields are rising, most quickly in some outlying markets and there are signs inflation might soon be beginning to simmer. And if this is the end of an extraordinary period, what might it mean for the equity market?

Motley Fool Money: Market Volatility, Airbnb, and Dan Ariely
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: The stock market falls as interest rates rise; Airbnb reports a big loss but shares rise on stronger than expected revenue; Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Square slip on growth concerns; Etsy rises on earnings; Papa John’s and Domino’s don’t; Beyond Meat makes two big deals; And Door Dash declines in its debut quarter as a public company. Motley Fool analysts Andy Cross and Ron Gross discuss those stories, weigh in on Amazon and Chewy, and share two stocks on their radar: Curiositystream and ResMed. Plus, Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics Dan Ariely talks risk, luck, and how to navigate market declines.
The Business of Film: Red Dot, Music & I Care A Lot

Although UK cinemagoers are still waiting for cinemas to reopen, James Cameron-Wilson describes the extraordinary records being broken in Chinese cinemas. Restricted domestically to streaming services, he reviews the Swedish thriller Red Dot, the controversial movie from Australian singer Sia called Music and the black comedy about a con woman I Care A Lot, starring Rosamund Pike.

 Gadgets & Gizmos: Facebook 1 Australia 0, Zoom burnout, electronic noses & clever pigs

Share's technology maven Steve Caplin looks at the battle between Facebook and Australia, and why Australia lost it. He tells us why Liam Thorp, offered his jab early, is NOT 6.2cm high, why people are getting Zoom burnout, how electronic noses are getting cleverer, how pigs are already clever, how Seville is generating electricity from its rotting oranges, where to get clip-on pearl earrings that are also earbuds and how Bentley is to recycle rare earth magnets used in wind turbines.

Modern Mindset: How to speak, influence and sell

Adam Cox is joined by Elliot Kay, best-selling author and the co-founder of Speaker Express. Elliot details what it takes to build a great stage presence, and how he teaches business owners to transform their messages into a powerful growth tool. He shares some great tips for how to become a powerful speaker with the ability to influence an audience.

Motley Fool Answers: February Chill Mailbag

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, Motley Fool Analyst Emily Flippen joins the team to tackle your questions including investing with your emergency fund, calculating your savings rate, when to rebalance outsized positions, and more.

The Hypnotist: Losing Weight Playfully

Adam was working with a gentleman that wanted to lose weight but thought of the process as a difficult struggle. Adam uses regression, direct suggestions, and metaphors to access the resources necessary so that weight loss is more like a game to be played. This will be an ideal session for anyone that wants to lose weight in a more playful and fun way.

Mini Mindset: How hot tubs and saunas can help treat chronic pain

Adam Cox is joined by Emma Staniforth from Inca to look at how hot tubs and saunas are more than just a luxury item for some, and in fact can be utilised for the treatment of chronic pain. They delve into Emma’s own use of heat to treat her endometriosis, and how infra-red saunas work when it comes to helping treat pain.

Mini Mindset: How craft boxes can help children struggling with their mental health during the pandemic

Adam Cox is joined by founder of The Happy Craft Box, Lynda Phoenix, to discuss the mental health issues faced by children during the pandemic – and how The Happy Craft Box hopes to alleviate some of them. Lynda explains why she created the company, what she hopes to achieve by bringing mindfulness activities straight to kids in lockdown, and the differing ways in which children experience and deal with mental health compared to adults.

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.


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.

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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