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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:34

I’m not really interested what David Cameron’s memoirs say about Boris Johnson’s motivations for supporting Brexit. What would be much more interesting is to hear why he thought that ‘no ever closer union’ would provide any more than a short-term panacea to justify his ‘Remain’ argument.

As we have argued consistently in this newsletter, once you form a single currency you must have single integrated democratic leadership in order to provide for long-term stability. This is, yet again, another example where humanity allows short-term expediency to trump long-term logic, and we do it over and over again.

So please READ ON .. as this week we roam across wide areas, from economics to ecology and from philanthropy to physics, where discounting the future has become the distinguishing feature of contemporary humanity; just at the same time as our ability to impact the lives of future generations has reached its greatest extent.


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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: Better than expected Brexit economy

This week, Ed Bowsher speaks to Professor Tim Evans from Middlesex University. They discuss how the UK economy seems to be performing pretty well with a fall in unemployment in spite of Brexit concerns. Tim also highlights the terrible situation in Zimbabwe and suggests what the government needs to do before it can attract finance from the IMF. And finally, Tim looks at new research from Chatham House which highlights how Russia is using the internet to target the families and friends of members of the armed forces.

This is Money: Should we rip up capital gains tax rules? And how to save 40% off a new car

Entrepreneurs and investors pay less tax on their profits to reflect the risk they take. That’s the principle that lies behind capital gains tax being lower than the rates charged on employment income. But the influential think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, wants to rip up that system and charge the same rate on gains from selling shares or property as income tax – and hack back the annual capital gains tax allowance to just £1,000. Is this the kind of For the many not the few move that Britain needs to level the playing field between those with plenty of capital and the ability to make investments and those who don’t? Or is it just another planned tax raid on those putting their money to productive use and growing our collective wealth? On this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert and Georgie Frost dig into the IPPR’s proposals and look at whether this is the kind of thing that could become Labour party policy? They also look at long-term investments that have paid off, risky investments to be wary of and the one thing plenty of people are happy to sink thousands of pounds into knowing that they will lose a big chunk of their money – a brand new car.

Motley Fool Money: IPO Dramas and Apple's Big Surprise

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: Smile Direct leaves investors frowning; WeWork reworks its corporate governance; Old Navy prepares to split from The Gap; And Popeye’s brings new meaning to BYOB. Motley Fool analysts Andy Cross, Ron Gross, and Jason Moser discuss those stories and weigh in on the latest from Dave & Buster’s, GameStop, Shopify, and Zscaler. Plus, media and entertainment analyst Tim Beyers talks new iPhones and Apple’s evolving business.

The Business of Film: IT Chapter 2

James Cameron Wilson runs down the top ten most popular films at the UK box office with Ed Bowsher. The rundown includes a review of 'IT Chapter Two', a horror film that is too long in James's view. James also recommends two new DVD releases including 'Longshot', a gross out romantic comedy set in the world of US politics.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Why a zip is bad news for astronauts

Steve Caplin reveals why the BBC's voice assistant is being taught regional accents, where magnetic north has moved to, Bosch's electric pushchair, the zip that could kill astronauts' favoured tradition, the advent of Wifi 6, how many people google "how to change a lightbulb" and Harley-Davidson's electric bikes for three-year-olds.

Mini Mindset: The future of renting

Adam Cox is joined by Steven Hiltermann – UK General Manger at room and roommate finder, Badi. Together they discuss the pros and cons of renting, and how finding your ideal flatmates could be the answer to the ever-increasing demand for living space in big cities across the globe.

Motley Fool Answers: The Battle of the Streaming Stars

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 with the help of Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser, we're going to look at the state of video streaming including new offerings from Disney, Apple, and more. Does increased competition signal the decline of Netflix?

Track Record: Alana Parsons

Alana Parsons is Chief Operating Officer and travel money expert at Caxton FX, where she’s worked for the last 15 years. A self-confessed finance obsessive, she’s been known to belt out pop songs in the middle of marathon days and nights at the office and believes in bringing a lightness of touch to the organisation! She’s widely travelled, loves the USA in particular and as you’ll hear has been the instigator of one or two company traditions.

The Week That Was and The Week Ahead: Morrisons and Ocado

Ed Bowsher discusses this week’s biggest stock market stories with Graham Spooner of The Share Centre. These include Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s bid for London Stock Exchange as well as reasonable results from Morrisons. Looking ahead to next week, Graham gives his thoughts on what we might expect in results from Next, a retailer doing better than most of its peers, as well as Ocado, one of the UK’s few major technology companies. (And a retailer too.)

Mini Mindset: How to finance the growth of your small business

Research from British Business Bank has revealed that the majority of small businesses don’t like the idea of borrowing money to grow their enterprise. Former Dragon’s Den investor, Piers Linney, joins Adam Cox to discuss ways to scale and grow your small business, and how to seek advice on external funding.

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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