Analysis by HSBC has revealed that global trade in services has outstripped growth in goods trade since the global financial crisis. The US, UK, China, Germany and France were the world's top exporters of services in 2015, but emerging economies will gradually gain market share as they continue to develop their workforce skills and digital infrastructure. Dan Howlett, HSBC Head of Corporate Banking UK, joined Share Radio to talk on the report.
In the lead-up to the Bank of England's decision, where it is expected to keep interest rates steady at 0.25%, a number of European central banks, including those of Norway and Switzerland, are due to deliver policy decisions. It follows the Federal Reserve, which yesterday lifted interest rates by 25 bps and flagged a faster pace of policy tightening in 2017 than previously forecast. Howard Archer, Chief European & UK Economist at IHS, joined us to discuss this Super Thursday expectations.
The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the first time in the year and the second time in a decade. The US Central Bank has also predicted further three hikes for the upcoming year. Professor Peter Rupert, Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Former Senior Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank, joined Share Radio to discuss the announcement.
A new EU Banking proposal, Article 21b, which requires non-EU banks to set up holding companies for their EU operations hasn't gone down too well, especially with US banking institutions. But as arguments on the new proposal have yet to spill over into the public eye, Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Francesco Guerrera, Associate Editor and Chief Financial Correspondent at POLITICO, to see what all the quiet complaints were about.
The number of inheritance disputes reaching the High Court this year is reported to have reached to a record high. A large part of this is being blamed on changing family make up and the rise in property prices. Share Radio Morning’s Georgie Frost checked into the Careers clinic and spoke in the studio to by Justin Sadler, a partner at Barrett & Co in Reading.
This week Georgie Frost was joined by personal finance writer Sam McFaul from Money Saving Expert. They were looking into an end to fixed energy deals and how a power of attorney can protect you and your loved ones. Plus a roundup of the latest and best deals the team have come across this week.
There is no doubt the pressure is on to spend a lot at this time of the year. But can you really reject the commercial and social pressure and just not buy anything. That's exactly what one blogger did. Our reporter Mary Newman spoke to Emily Hedlund to find out how and why she did this.
Sleep is absolutely fundamental, and can have a serious impact on our health and wellbeing if we don’t have enough. And yet we are one of the worst countries in Europe when it comes to sleep deprivation - in both adults and kids. Indeed 90% of us wake at least once in the night, for a tenth of us it is 5 times or more! Independent sleep practitioner, educator and analyst James Wilson aka The Sleep Geek joined Share Radio Morning’s Georgie Frost to analyse our sleep habits.
Who does the lion's share? Nearly 90% of women say they do most of the Christmas shopping, compared to just 3% of men. Sarah Pennells, founder of the site SavvyWoman.co.uk joined Share Radio Morning’s Georgie Frost on the line to talk about the findings.
Heather Barrie runs a coffee truck at Arundel Station in West Sussex and has been vocal on the strike. She spoke to Share’s Georgie Frost about the problems she’s witnessed so far for commuters and the local economy.