The boss of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, is engulfed in a massive bribery scandal that's threatening to put him in jail. The case is also linked to the huge scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye. Shares in South Korea rose 0.4% in Friday's session after the country's Constitutional Court upheld parliament's impeachment of the President. James Brydges reports.
New research conducted by Halifax has found that 'homeowners in one in three UK areas earn more from bricks and mortar than the day job'. Halifax suggests that average house prices have increased by more than the total average of employees' net earnings. So what impact does this have on homeowners and potential buyers? Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax joined Nigel Cassidy to give his analysis.
The anti-secrecy website Wikileaks has published thousands of the CIA's secret documents, including what it says are it's hacking tools. Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he will give technology companies exclusive access to these cyber-weapons, so that they can be defended against. This has caused quite some embarrassment for the CIA, as the agency who is supposed to protect us, is somewhat unprotected. Joining Nigel Cassidy is Jason Murdock, Technology and Cybersecurity reporter with the International Business Times to discuss further.
British citizens should be able to keep various benefits of EU membership including freedom of movement after Brexit, the European parliament’s chief negotiator has said. Guy Verhofstadt said Britons could be allowed to keep certain rights if they applied for them on an individual basis. “All British citizens today have also EU citizenship. That means a number of things: the possibility to participate in the European elections, the freedom of travel without problem inside the union". Joining Nigel Cassidy is Chris Bailey, Founder of financial orbit to discuss today's top finance news.
According to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) latest residential market survey the UK’s most vulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the private rental market due to rising rents and benefits cuts. However, could the government offer some assistance? Respondents to the survey suggested that more than half of the UK's private landlords would be prepared to rent their properties to homeless people or those on housing benefits if the Government introduced some form of state-endorsed deposit guarantor scheme. But is this really feasible? Joining Nigel Cassidy to give his analysis is Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist at RICS.
Phillip Hammond of course delivered his spring budget yesterday, it was pretty quiet according to some. However there were some notable points on business rates, forecasts and national insurance hikes. To give his take on the Budget is Stephen Boyle, Chief Economist at Natwest.
Car dealer Lookers has posted record profits for the year to the end of December - its eighth successive year of turnover and profit growth. Revenue increased 17% to £4.3 billion, while profit before tax rose by 46% to £91.8 million. To analyse the numbers, Robin Gregson, CFO of Lookers, joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast.
As we await the Chancellor's Spring Budget at 12.30pm today, there have been many predictions on what to expect, especially with regards to tax policy. So what is likely to be announced and what are businesses expecting? To break this down with Nigel Cassidy is George Bull, senior tax partner at business advisers RSM giving his predictions.
LoopUp, the Shoreditch-based company which offers conference call and meetings solutions to various companies such as Travelex, Kia Motors America, Planet Hollywood and National Geographic has released it's latest full year results today. So to find out how the company is doing, Nigel Cassidy was joined by Steve Flavell, Co-CEO of LoopUp Group plc to talk through the numbers and what the company is up to.
Budget day is upon us. Chancellor Phillip Hammond will be taking the stage from 12.30pm where he will deliver the last one to take place in the spring - unless he changes his mind of course. So how will the markets react to this Budget? Joining Nigel Cassidy was Mike van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets to give his analysis.