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What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.”

 Horatio Bottomley

Have you wondered what’s happening at the other end, when you see those black, name-labelled screens in a Zoom or Teams virtual gathering? Online meetings are a great way to keep things moving, but my confidence in their effectiveness received a jolt last week when, at a seminar with our local member of parliament, an undergraduate said that the majority of screens were blacked throughout the lectures he attended, and questions were very rarely raised at the end of the sessions.

We’ve now had nearly a year of virtual interaction, and we’re starting to see where it works and where it doesn’t work. Higher education is the vital bridge between school and business and, if it’s not working there, we need to take urgent action.

So please READ ON .. as this week, adding to the clamour for vaccination priority, we put the case that university lecturers and students should be included.


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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: The importance of seeking support

The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in unemployment, unrest and the majority of people unable to see most of their friends and family. Even with the different support networks in place in the UK, reports of loneliness and mental health issues are on the rise as we find ourselves navigating a third national lockdown. Vicky Sayers is joined by Andy Lopata, Professional Relationships Strategist and author of “Just Ask: Why Seeking Support Is Your Greatest Strength”, to talk about the importance of asking for help when you need it.

The Bigger Picture: America under Biden and should the UK be preparing for the next pandemic?

Political commentator Mike Indian looks at what we might expect in America under President Joe Biden. Will he be able to heal the massive divisions in the USA and what is the future for both political parties in the post-Trump era? With the UK's vaccine rollout proceeding apace, he considers whether more thought should be given to the little-discussed drawbacks of lockdown. He also wonders if the UK ought to prepare for tackling any future pandemics.

 This is Money: Should you cash in bitcoin profits or wait for the moon?
In case you hadn’t noticed, bitcoin went on bit of a tear recently. And as the price of the leading cryptocurrency soared again, so did the number of stories written about it. Bitcoin is an interesting tale, a welcome diversion in a Covid-bound world, and the circus around cryptocurrency is the gift that keeps on giving for journalists. But the vast majority of those column inches focus on two things: bitcoin’s price and should you invest? A question that’s not so much asked is what should you do if you’ve reaped handsome profits on bitcoin or another cryptocurrency? Should you cash in those gains or – to combine a couple of crypto phrases - hodl on the basis that it really could go to the moon? (Where that moon is and when it’s been reached is as yet undefined.) On this week’s podcast, we dive into the story of a This is Money reader and listener who told us about what it’s really been like to hold bitcoin long-term and how although he’s not quite got Lamborghini money, he did buy a Skoda and pay off some of his mortgage. Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert also look at the rival cryptocurrencies to bitcoin and Argo Blockchain, the small UK listed company that’s come from nowhere to place among investors top recent share buys. On a more pedestrian note, the team also discuss inflation-beating savings accounts and where they can be found – spoiler alert, don’t get too excited – and property guardians: would you live in an empty building for cheap rent? And finally, there are some new concocted financial terms doing the rounds – how many can Simon and Lee guess correctly?
The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Boardroom diversity, M&A activity & restored dividends

Russ Mould, investment director of A J Bell, uses the arrival of Jette Nygaard-Andersen at the helm of Entain to examine the current state of diversity in top UK boardrooms. He wonders whether recent M&A activity could tell us anything about the current valuation of shares. And he celebrates the restoration of dividend payments from several companies and asks whether this will help to support the market.

Mini Mindset: Planning for happiness

Adam Cox is joined by the CEO of The Happiness Planner, Mo Seetubtim, to discuss how likely Brits are to stick to resolutions and goals, and the reasons many people may be failing. They look at why journaling is a great tool to plan out goals, track progress and keep motivated, improving the chances of success in the long term. Mo also gives some fantastic tips for those who never tried journaling before on how to utilise the tool to ensure future success.

The Business of Film: Athlete A, I'm Your Woman & Outside The Wire

With UK cinemas closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the worldwide box office numbers so far for 2021. For review, he picks hotly-tipped Netflix documentary Athlete A, about the treatment and abuse of young female American athletes. He admires fresh crime drama I'm Your Woman, starring Rachel Brosnahan. And he is fascinated by futuristic sci-fi thriller Outside The Wire. He also celebrate the restoration of Agatha Christie's favourite cinema, The Paignton Picture House, the first purpose-built cinema in Europe.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Electric batteries, night vision cameras & highlights of the CES

Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, looks back at the early days of Wikipedia. He discusses two leaps forward in electric battery science, hopes for making night vision cameras smaller, the council that turned down £55m to find a hard drive, an app that failed to make a customised face mask and a smart bike light. He also looks at some of his favourite CES gizmos including a gamer's facemask, a vacuum that empties while charging, an ice-cream maker and a sat nav for the blind.

Motley Fool Money: The Power of Netflix
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: Netflix hits an all-time high on strong subscriber growth; Bank of America, IBM, Intuitive Surgical, and Procter & Gamble slip on earnings; Intel stays flat despite surprising PC sales; Lumentum joins forces with fellow laser maker Coherent; Google grounds its balloon initiative; And Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group complete their merger and take on a new name: Stellantis. Motley Fool analysts Ron Gross and Jason Moser discuss those stories and share two stocks on their radar: McCormick and Schrodinger. Plus, Professor Erin Meyer talks about her best-selling book, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.
Modern Mindset: The power of patience and taking risks

Adam Cox is joined by 2019’s The Apprentice contestant and businesswoman, Jemelin Artigas. She shares the story of her journey from leaving Venezuela as a teenager to building businesses and being authentic on national TV. Jemelin also discusses the importance of taking risks and making failure work for you; as well as the power in resilience and patience, and how to create freedom for yourself in your career.

The Hypnotist: Success Hypnosis

Adam recorded this session for a personal development group to help already successful people feel more resourceful and have more clarity for a future goal. It uses a metaphor to help let go of the past of whatever could impede progress towards the goal, and future paces the challenges and setbacks on the journey towards the future destination of achieving the goal that represents success.

Motley Fool Answers: What a Year! What Should You Do Now?!

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 Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross joins the team to look back at 2020, offers suggestions for newer investors, and provide his thoughts on comparisons of today’s market to the dot-com bubble.

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.

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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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