Positive sentiment has returned to financial firms for the first time in a year, despite Brexit uncertainty. For more on why the sector is now bucking the trend, Ben Jones, principal economist at the Confederation of British Industry, joined Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
Welcome to the This is Money Show on Share Radio, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. Retirement just got more complicated this week with proposals put forward to raise the state pension age to 70 whilst further question marks hang over the triple lock. Pensions seem to be the subject of wider controversy though as we hear nearly a fifth of women are retiring without any personal or company pension. Saving up anything for retirement also got more challenging this week though with the latest inflation statistics. A temporary peak or will the Bank of England finally move on interest rates? Answering all this and more Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Also this week we find out how banks and cheques are getting a 21st Century upgrade.
Co-op Bank says several ‘credible’ buyers have come forward since it was put up for sale in February - but who might want it now TSB owner Banco Sabadell has bowed out? Plus FTSE 100 engineering conglomerate Smiths Industries sees revenue up 18% - for all the day's key company news, Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
High Street retailer Next has announced its first fall in profits for eight years, but shares were stronger on the back of dividend news. Plus haulage company Eddie Stobart plans to float on AIM, Ted Baker results and gaming company GVC, behind foxybingo, increases its dividend. Richard Hunter, head of research at Wilson King Investment Management, went through the day's biggest financial stories.
Kingfisher, the company behind B&Q and Screwfix, beat expectations and posted pre-tax profit of £759m - but shares dropped almost 5%. And are falls on Wall Street just a headline or is there a long-term downward trend? Chris Bailey, founder of investment research consultancy, Financial Orbit, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the day's biggest company stories.
Wall Street's had its worst day since President Trump's election - the flagship S&P 500 index fell 1.2%, which had ramifications for the FTSE today. Chris Justham, relationship manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more on this and the day's major economic news.
Upmarket tonic water brand Fever-Tree has seen its shares fall despite its profits more than doubling. Plus betting company 888 posts strong full-year results while housebuilder Bellway raises its dividend. For analysis on the day's top company stories, Paul Sedgwick, Head of Investments at Frank Investments, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
Executive pay remains in the headlines, with German banking giant Deutsche Bank cutting bonuses by more than 75% last year, while four bosses at Melrose Industries were set to split a £200 million share payout. Oliver Parry, Head of Corporate Governance Policy for the Institute of Directors, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss.
Marks and Spencer has followed several other high-profile brands, including Tesco and HSBC, pulling its advertising from Google. It follows concerns about placement of ads next to inappropriate content on YouTube. But is this a serious threat to companies like Google? Ian Whittaker, media analyst at Liberum, spoke to Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
Marks & Spencer has joined a growing list of companies pulling ads from Google, after reports they'd appeared alongside inappropriate content on Youtube. Plus Vodafone India to merge with Idea Cellular in a major deal, Finsbury Food signs up Mary Berry and more of the day's key company news. Ken Odeluga, market analyst at City Index, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more analysis.
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