The UK's economy is gaining momentum despite concerns of uncertainty ahead of Brexit - that's according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's latest indicator. JP Morgan global market analyst Alex Dryden ran through this and the day's other big economic news with Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
For all those planning ahead to their summer holidays think carefully when booking online. Fake holiday websites are on the rise with millions being scammed from unsuspecting tourists. Often the sites are so convincing holidaymakers don't realise anything's up until arriving at their destination to find the villa they've booked doesn't really exist. To find out more about how the scam works and how to protect yourself Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to Hannah Maundrell, editor-in-chief of money.co.uk.
Last week saw the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre in London. According to the National Crime Agency, companies are now more likely to be a victim of cyber crime than of any other type of crime in the UK. Cyber crime was also included in the national crime survey in England and Wales for the first time last year, showing just how prevalent this type of crime has become. Share Radio's Sara Macham spoke to Sam Hutton from security technology firm Glasswall about the ongoing rise of cybercrime in the UK.
It's safe to say that many of us would love the luxury of a day off work every now and then. But how would you feel if your employer offered you a wellbeing day, effectively allowing you to call in sick...with tiredness? This is a measure being proposed by think tank, the Institute of Public Policy Research, or IPPR, who believe employers should be looking more into their employee's wellbeing. Share Radio's Sara Macham spoke to Joe Dromey, one of the authors of the report, about how this would reduce the number of people receiving long-term sickness benefit.
Sarah Pennells was joined by senior analyst Ed Bowsher. Today on the agenda, they discussed how more than half of City workers feel more stressed at home than at work. Plus they look into why senior ministers have written to Tory MPs to try to stave off a rebellion over business rates. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Inequality is on the rise, with the difference in financial fortunes between low and high income families becoming starker over the past year, according to Aviva's latest Family Finances Report. At the same time, families are also facing increased financial pressure from stalling incomes and savings, combined with rising debt and inflation fears. To talk through these findings, Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings and Retirement at Aviva, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
Donald Trump has made some remarks about Sweden on Friday at a rally in Florida, which seem to have caused some confusion. And Trump has continued his attack on what he calls the 'dishonest' media. There have been two petitions in the UK, for and against his state visit to the UK. MP's will debate the state visit today. Sarah Pennells was joined by Share Radio's Political Correspondent, Colin Bloom to discuss the political headlines from earlier this morning.
Joining Sarah Pennells to discuss what the main market headlines of the morning are is Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy. A busy morning of company announcements, starting with the main story of the day: the Kraft-Unilever deal. And the numbers out from Bovis Homes this morning.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio Podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. We’ve had a few stats to digest this week with inflation continuing to rise, now up 1.8%, whilst employment remains at record highs according to the ONS. Behind the figures though we’re hearing much of this is based on freelance and zero-hours work with both salaries and interest rates failing to keep pace with the cost of living. With all this spelling disaster for savers there’s been a few interesting additions to Money Mail’s Best Buy table this week. Joining Georgie Frost to go through the options is Editor Simon Lambert and Personal Finance Editor Rachel Rickard Straus. Plus, we take a look at the new rate hikes threatening the future of small businesses and the costs of bereavement.
Joining Georgie to discuss what the main market headlines of the morning are is Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy. Friday's are usually a quiet day for company announcements and that's certainly the case today. Millenium & Copthorne Hotels have released final results. The other big company news this morning has been a familiar story for Japanese company Toshiba.