The latest consumer spend data from Barclaycard shows that spending growth hit 5.5% in October. But the data also reveals that consumer confidence in the UK economy dropped from a record high level in September, with only a third of people feeling confident in the UK economy. Paul Lockstone, Managing Director at Barclaycard, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the data.
This US election campaign has been unlike any other, and the result is too close to call. But how will this election change the shape of future campaigns? To find out more, US political historian Professor Jonathan Bell, Director of the Institute of the Americas at University College London, joined Share Radio to look at the kind of precedent the last 18 months has set in terms of campaign procedure.
Theresa May continues her visit to India, but it seems an attempt to strengthen relations between the two nations post-EU referendum has been mired by issues. Tech was in focus as May and Modi spoke at the Indo-UK Tech Summit, but the two leaders have also butted heads over immigration and student visa concerns. Matt Cox spoke to Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics, to find out more.
They call it the presidential cycle of stock market investing, in which gains during the fourth year of a US President's term are greater than the other three combined. But is this cycle a trader myth or a tried-and-tested investment model? Matt Cox spoke with Colin Ciezsynski, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, to find out.
Between 11am and 12 UK time, polling stations around the United States will open to conclude one of the most controversial and dramatic presidential battles in history. Share Radio's Colin Bloom is in Florida, and he spoke to us about whether the polls have anything to do with this election being described as "The Brexit of the US".
The number of workers taking claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination to employment tribunals has slumped since charges came into force. That's according to trade body, TUC. The group says the number of workers filing such cases had fallen from 16,000 a month to 7,000 since the fees were introduced in 2013. This included a large reduction in cases on sexism, racism and disability. To find out more, Sue Dougan spoke to Ed Stacey, Head of Employment at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
What causes you to get stressed? Running late, traffic jams and health problems mean Brits spend two hours and 11 minutes of every day feeling stressed. That amounts to more than 15 hours a week, 33 days of each year and six months over the average adult lifetime. But just how bad is stress for our health? To find out, Sue Dougan spoke to Alison Cullen, nutritional therapist and education manager for A.Vogel.
New research found modern day financial pressures are forcing people of all ages to risk their future by putting pension saving on the back burner. It found that nearly a quarter of under-40s don't save into a pension due to debts. To find out more about this worrying report, our reporter, Tom Hill, spoke to Vince Smith Hughes, retirement expert at Prudential.
Sue Dougan is joined in the studio by Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of money.co.uk. Today they discuss the big story of the day, that we owe an average of £30,000 each in household debt, mainly built up through mortgages and credit debt. Elsewhere, it's bad news for customers with Tesco Bank, as the firm had to halt online payments for current account holders after thousands were affected by fraudsters. Plus, an overhaul of the power grid system in the UK could save you £90 a year. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week all eyes have been on the unreliable boyfriend of banking Mark Carney. Just days after committing to another year in the job the Governor of the Bank of England was thrust into the limelight again for Super Thursday. Meanwhile the High Court ruled parliament must be given a vote on triggering Article 50 casting further speculation on Brexit, and indeed Carney’s role in overseeing it. At any rate the Bank of England’s forecasts did not make for easy listening. Despite some hints of future growth interest rates are set to remain at rock bottom whilst inflation is set to soar leaving many to question just where they can safely invest their money. Editor Simon Lambert and Deputy Editor Adrian Lowrey join Georgie Frost this week to work out what’s on offer also weighing up alternatives such as overpaying the mortgage and investing in premium bonds, which celebrate their 60th birthday this week. Also on this week’s show they look at calls for a Government crackdown on cold calling and the prospect of a post-work economy thanks to the rise of robots and automation. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.