What would a Marine Le Pen victory in the French presidential election mean for markets? Panmure Gordon's chief economist Simon French says the right-wing candidate could win and, given a possible exit from the Euro, the impact would be more immediate than Brexit and 'strike at the heart of an economic system'. He joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to talk through this and the day's big economic stories including possible US rate increases, gold price rise and more.
Georgie Frost was joined by financial planner David Braithwaite from Citrus Financial. Today on the agenda, they discussed the confusion around how switching mobile phone providers is costing us 5.8 billion pounds every year. Plus they look into why doubling your fruit and veg intake to 10 portions a day may give us longer lives. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The family of a British IS fighter who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq deny he received £1m in compensation after being freed from Guantanamo Bay. In other news, Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police commissioner, becoming the first woman to take charge of London's police force in its 188-year history. And Donald Trump's government has revoked guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity. To discuss all this, Josh Lowe of Newsweek joined Georgie Frost.
Joining Georgie Frost to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy. A busy morning of Company Announcements starting with Barclays. The bank has seen its annual pre-tax profits nearly treble. Across the group they've risen to 3.2 billion pounds - compared with 1.1 billion in 2015. Moving away from banking, we have also heard from BAE Systems this morning.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL, has published its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook. It shows that confidence among exporters that their turnover will improve jumped in the fourth quarter of 2016, ahead of further moves towards Brexit. Joining Nigel Cassidy is Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the BCC to go through the report.
Business confidence is perhaps the key to any successful company, without confidence faith can be lost by staff and consumers alike. Xero, a cloud accounting software company for small businesses has published a small business confidence report today suggesting that irrepressible optimism is the primary trait for successful businesses. Co-founder of household brand Green and Black's and serial entrepreneur Josephine Fairley spoke to Nigel Cassidy to discuss the findings.
Charles Woodburn will replace Ian King as chief executive of BAE Systems. He's currently BAE's chief operating officer, but will take up the position on the 1st of July. Woodburn joined the firm in May 2016 with 20 years of international experience in senior management positions in the oil and gas industry. Howard Wheeldon, aerospace expert and Founder of Wheeldon Strategic, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the company and the change of CEO.
The team with over a quarter of a century of financial journalism under their belt joins us in the studio for their fortnightly catch up. This week I'm joined by editor Moira O'Neill and deputy editor Helen Knapman. They'll be talking us through their checklist for a stress free and financially secure divorce - is such a thing possible! - as well as how to save on a trip to the cinema. We'll also be bringing you the latest poll results among their readers, advice from the Investment Doctor and scams the team have come across this week.
For this week’s edition of Money Saving Expert Georgie Frost was joined by Consumer Writer Megan French. The duo looked at what to do with all your pound coins, how to beat shrinkflation on your groceries, whilst also rounding up the best deals from this week.
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The latest UK GDP figures shown a slight improvement in the fourth quarter but overall growth has softened to 1.8 percent. But will growth slow as Brexit negotiations kick off this year? And Lloyds Bank posts strong results. Chris Justham, Relationship Manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for analysis of the day's key economic news.