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"When money realises that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.”

Idowu Koyenikan

In three weeks’ time we will celebrate the ‘Coming of Age’ of the Child Trust Fund, an account already set up and owned by six million children in the United Kingdom. So, on Thursday 6th September at 4 pm in the House of Commons, The Share Foundation and The Share Centre are hosting a 16th birthday party in order to celebrate this milestone.

If you live in the United Kingdom and have a 15 year-old child or grandchild, we’d like to invite you to come and join the party. There’ll be cake and balloons as you’d expect, and the main speaker will be Ruth Kelly, who was the Treasury Minister who first introduced the scheme in 2002. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible using the invitation acceptance link button on the right of the linked web page.

HERE'S THE DETAILS - read on as we look at this significant stepping-stone for young people’s investment, and how those entering their last two years before adulthood can make best use of the opportunity.


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.


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: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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The Bigger Picture: Whither or wither the world economy?

Economist Andrew Kenningham of Capital Economics discusses the world economy with Simon Rose. How big a deal is the burgeoning trade war? What will happen next? How healthy are the Chinese and American economies? Where do the risks lie? And how will the UK fare with the Brexit outcome still uncertain?

Policy Matters: The role of vocational education in modern Britain

In the final episode of the current series of Policy Matters, hosts Franz Buscha and Matt Dickson talk to Sandra McNally, Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research. When it comes to education, much of the public debate and media attention focuses on the traditional academic route of A-levels and University. But what about the 50% of young people who don’t ever go to University – what are the options for them and are they as consistently neglected by policymakers as they are by the media and wider public? Sandra explains the vocational route compared to the academic pathway and discusses the merits of vocational qualifications, highlighting recent evidence on their labour market returns. Franz, Matt and Sandra go on to discuss how the structure of the UK economy, the incentives for training and the priorities of young people and employers interact within the vocational system, asking what could be done to improve this education route for young people and older workers who wish to continue learning.

Motley Fool Money: Tesla, Space, and the Business of Love

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: Tesla’s dramatic week has Wall Street debating the company’s future; Superheroes rescue Disney’s 2nd-quarter report; Trade Desk’s stock soars on record revenue.; And Match Group shareholders feel the love.

This is Money: Parking Charges and the Art of Imitation
Is there an issue that gets under the collar of Brits more than unfair parking charges?! Find out what happened when our very own Lee Boyce got hit. Also imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery – but not in the case of supermarket own brand products! The fightback is on. We have the fallout from the interest rate rise – how have savers fared? And… Could you make your child a pension millionaire? Probably not but you could give them a nice little helping hand.
Business of FIlm: Ant-Man and The Wasp
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the re-energised UK box offce with Ant-Man and The Wasp sneakily managing to grab the No. 1 slot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! He also reviews two home releases, both of which he heartily recommends, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One and Francois Ozon's L'Amant Double.
Gadgets & Gizmos: The coldest place in the universe

Steve Caplin takes us to the coldest place in the universe (only 250 miles away), gives us the chance to try out an Iron Man-style flying suit and tells us about a new scheme for renting phone batteries, how the French are banning smartphones at school and how the bubble car is making a return. He also discusses a chess board which moves the pieces automatically, a website for calculating quantities for groups big and small and what's wrong with ant emojis.

NEF: Why the interest rate hike was a bad move

The Bank of England has moved interest rates to their highest level in almost a decade. If you’ve got a mortgage, it might get more expensive. If you’ve got savings, you might get a bit more interest on your money. Does this tell us anything about what the Bank of England thinks is going to happen to the economy? And was it the right decision? Ayeisha Thomas-Smith speaks to Alfie Stirling, head of economics at the New Economics Foundation.

Modern Mindset: Rewarding our Emergency Services

Adam talks to personal finance expert, author and TV presenter Jasmine Birtles about the 70th anniversary of the NHS and what companies, such as retailer Iceland, are doing to reward or incentivise people who work for the NHS and other emergency services. They discuss how companies can build goodwill and increase loyalty by rewarding those who go the extra mile. They talk about the psychology of discounting and deals and how we’ve moved on from feeling embarrassed about showing a discount voucher to a waiter in a restaurant.

IEA: Trade Talks and the Future of Business

With power struggles within Parliament dominating the headlines, it’s all too easy to forget the bigger picture of our departure from the EU. Yet, with public consultations opening up about our first bilateral trade agreements, this debate is continuing – though perhaps not getting the attention it deserves. Today we’re joined by Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit, and Senior Policy Analyst Dr Radomir Tylecote. They examine these consultations, what it could mean for business – and what the government should be doing to give firms more certainty and help them prepare for the future. Finally, they examine public opinion towards free trade. If recent polling is anything to go by, the public mood is decidedly anti-protectionist – just as it was in the 19th century, when free exchange triumphed over mercantilism in the battle of ideas.

The Week That Was and The Week Ahead: HSBC, Intercontinental Hotels & Cineworld

Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks back at numbers from HSBC, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Cineworld and looks ahead to what we might expect when Kingfisher reports.


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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