Positive sentiment has returned to financial firms for the first time in a year, despite Brexit uncertainty. For more on why the sector is now bucking the trend, Ben Jones, principal economist at the Confederation of British Industry, joined Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
Donald Trump's failure to muster Republican support for his new healthcare plan has left the White House reeling and markets jittery. Plus what to expect as Article 50 is triggered and more strong economic data from Germany. Alastair McCaig, director of investment management at Fern Wealth, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more.
Shareholders in housebuilder Crest Nicholson voted against changes to a pay package for senior executives - do laws need to be changed to give investors more power? And as Donald Trump tries to push through his healthcare bill, why are recent market gains at risk? And have US markets got ahead of themselves? Garry White, chief investment commentator at Charles Stanley Direct, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to talk through these and more of the day's biggest economic news.
UK retail sales enjoyed a better February compared to a year earlier rising 3.7%, though sales in the three months to February were down 1.5% compared to the previous quarter. Plus, Bank of England's Deputy Governor of Monetary Policy said the weak pound is creating a temporary "sweet spot" for UK exporters. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Ben Gutteridge, Head of Fund Research at Brewin Dolphin.
Kingfisher, the company behind B&Q and Screwfix, beat expectations and posted pre-tax profit of £759m - but shares dropped almost 5%. And are falls on Wall Street just a headline or is there a long-term downward trend? Chris Bailey, founder of investment research consultancy, Financial Orbit, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the day's biggest company stories.
Wall Street's had its worst day since President Trump's election - the flagship S&P 500 index fell 1.2%, which had ramifications for the FTSE today. Chris Justham, relationship manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more on this and the day's major economic news.
The UK's inflation rate jumped in February to 2.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics, placing it above the Bank of England's 2% target rate for CPI inflation. Will inflation peak higher than the 2.8% predicted in 2018? Plus the Bank of England's chief economist Andy Haldane says mediocrity in UK business is to blame for the productivity crisis - is he right? John Barrass, Deputy Chief Executive of the Wealth Management Association, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to analyse these stories and more.
Inflation is up more than expected - the consumer price index rose to 2.3%, up from 1.8% in January, and is now higher than the Bank of England's target of 2%. But what does this mean for consumers and savers? And where might there be profits in the current climate? Calum Bennie at Scottish Friendly joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to explain.
Is London 'cheap' now? The capital no longer ranks among the world's most expensive cities in a key survey, dropping from 6th to 24th, its lowest position in 20 years. For more on the Worldwide Cost of Living report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, survey editor Jon Copestake spoke with Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
Executive pay remains in the headlines, with German banking giant Deutsche Bank cutting bonuses by more than 75% last year, while four bosses at Melrose Industries were set to split a £200 million share payout. Oliver Parry, Head of Corporate Governance Policy for the Institute of Directors, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss.