Its China's Singles Day, also known as "bare sticks holiday". What began as an antidote to Valentine's Day has now become a spending fest, with Chinese consumers shelling out almost £6bn online last year. Matthew Crabbe is Director of Research in the Asia Pacific region for industry researchers Mintel. He told Share Radio that this year's singles day promises to put Black Friday in the shade.
Calls for South Korean president Park Geun-Hye to quit are growing. Mrs Park is accused of being part of a shadowy cult to which she passed classified information forcing major conglomerates to funnel billions of won to foundations run by her friend and former aide. The allegations have come at a bad time for Asia's fourth largest economy which is trying to reassure investors that growth remains on track following a slump in exports. Robert Van Egghen reports.
Where Ohio falls, the US follows. Ohio has chosen every president since 1974, but this election is bucking every trend. So is Trump's expected 'victory' that unexpected, as elections around the world reveal the populous are voting against the establishment? For more we're joined by Share Radio’s Colin Bloom from Florida.
Theresa May continues her visit to India, but it seems an attempt to strengthen relations between the two nations post-EU referendum has been mired by issues. Tech was in focus as May and Modi spoke at the Indo-UK Tech Summit, but the two leaders have also butted heads over immigration and student visa concerns. Matt Cox spoke to Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics, to find out more.
They call it the presidential cycle of stock market investing, in which gains during the fourth year of a US President's term are greater than the other three combined. But is this cycle a trader myth or a tried-and-tested investment model? Matt Cox spoke with Colin Ciezsynski, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, to find out.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week all eyes have been on the unreliable boyfriend of banking Mark Carney. Just days after committing to another year in the job the Governor of the Bank of England was thrust into the limelight again for Super Thursday. Meanwhile the High Court ruled parliament must be given a vote on triggering Article 50 casting further speculation on Brexit, and indeed Carney’s role in overseeing it. At any rate the Bank of England’s forecasts did not make for easy listening. Despite some hints of future growth interest rates are set to remain at rock bottom whilst inflation is set to soar leaving many to question just where they can safely invest their money. Editor Simon Lambert and Deputy Editor Adrian Lowrey join Georgie Frost this week to work out what’s on offer also weighing up alternatives such as overpaying the mortgage and investing in premium bonds, which celebrate their 60th birthday this week. Also on this week’s show they look at calls for a Government crackdown on cold calling and the prospect of a post-work economy thanks to the rise of robots and automation. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Earlier this week, the historic CETA EU-Canada trade deal was being scuppered by the opposition of Belgium, and the objections of one of its provinces, Wallonia. As a result, Thursday's signing ceremony was cancelled. Yet, Belgian political leaders have now reached a consensus in support of CETA. To discuss this, Jeremy Cook, Chief Economist at World First, joined Share Radio.
European trade policy has been thrown into disarray after Belgium’s government said it could not overcome regional objections to an EU-Canada trade deal, despite weeks of talks to rescue the agreement. The so-called CETA pact is on the brink of collapse, and for more Jeremy Cook, Chief Economist at World First, joined Share Radio Morning to explain further.
The London School of Economics is to examine the book "Rich People, Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms." It's been written by Caroline Freund, former Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. To find out about the effects of the mega rich living in developing countries, Matt Cox spoke to Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, and Chairman of the book event.
The joined $100 billion technology investment fund between Saudi Arabia's top sovereign wealth fund and Japan's SoftBank Group has the potential to change the investment landscape. The new London-based fund could at current levels account for roughly a fifth of all such global venture capital investment. Seijiro Takeshita, Professor of Management and Information at University of Shizuoka, Japan, discusses the plan.