The technology sector has had a serious wobble in the last fortnight. Ed Bowsher asks what’s next for this part of the market and whether now is a good time to invest. He speaks to Howie Li of Legal & General Investment Management and Hector McNeill of HAN ETF.
James Cameron-Wilson is keen on three new films this week: 'First Man', a biopic of Neil Armstrong; 'Small Foot', an animated kids film; and 'Bad Times at the El Royale', a thriller set in a seedy Nevada hotel. James also highlights his 'DVD of the week': 'Il Postino', an arthouse hit from the 90s.
Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, looks at the latest results from Unilever and tobacco giant, British American Tobacco. Looking ahead, Graham discusses upcoming results from three of the biggest banks: RBS, Barclays and Lloyds.
Our technology expert, Steve Caplin, is excited by Amazon's new version of the Kindle which is waterproof for an hour and can store 4000 books. He also looks at new robot vacuums which can empty themselves.
Mike Indian, author of The Groucho Tendency blog, explains how the UK may still avoid a 'no-deal Brexit'. He also argues that the Speaker of the House of Commons, should step down from his role immediately following Dame Laura Cox's report on harassment and bullying at Westminster. And finally, Mike explains why the Universal Credit could be a disaster for the Conservative party.
It’s inevitable that stock markets will fall sooner or later. In this edition of The Big Call, Ed Bowsher asks whether ETFs will contribute to that fall. Ed speaks to Helen Thomas of the Blondemoney website, who thinks that ETFs may well contribute to a correction and Adam Laird of Lyxor who disagrees.
This week's show has a retail theme. Helal Miah from The Share Centre looks at decent results from the supermarket chain, Morrisons, which is now well into a three-year recovery. We've also had an update from Associated British Foods - its Primark chain is doing well but the firm's sugar division has been hit a supply glut. Looking ahead we should hear from Ocado next week. The big question will be whether the online grocer can announce any more technology deals with overseas supermarket chains.
James Cameron Wilson reviews the UK's No.1 film 'The Nun', a supernatural horror film which is the fifth installment of 'the Conjuring Universe' series. James also reviews 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post.' Turning to DVDs, James looks at the new BluRay release of Oliver Stone's 'Salvador' which he thinks is one of Stone's best films. And finally James pays tribute to Burt Reynolds, the 70s box office superstar who died recently.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses whether a new centre party will emerge in the UK following the anti-semitism crisis in Labour. He also reviews an article by Tory rising star, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, and finally asks why Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi hasn't stopped the oppression of the Rohingya Muslims.
Smart beta is sold as a way for private investors to follow sophisticated investment strategies at low cost. These include value (looking for cheap shares) and momentum (investing in companies where the share price is rising fast.) Ed Bowsher discusses the pros and cons with David Stevenson of ETFstream, Nicolas Samaran of Invesco, and market strategist Richard Wiggins.