On Sunday President-elect Donald Trump raised questions on whether his administration would continue to shun official contact with Taiwan. The Chinese government has since warned Trump that if he does not continue to respect the One China policy, which acknowledges Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, the two countries will have "nothing to discuss".
For more on Trump's remarks and their significance for the future relationship between the world's two largest economies, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined on the line by Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.
Oil prices have surged on the news that non-OPEC but nonetheless oil producing countries have reached a new output deal. The move is intended to reduce the global glut resulting from recent entrants- particularly from the US. Investors in the UK are already processing the price boost: yields on 10-year UK gilts have 1.5% for the first time since May. Higher inflation expectations seems to lie behind the rise.
For this story and others shaping markets today, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined in the studio by Simon French, Chief Economist at Panmure Gordon.
The ECB has given a policy decision today: its quantitative easing (QE) programme will be scaled back from €80bn to €60bn a month. For some, this looks a lot like a taper - and, when the US embarked on such a policy in 2013, markets balked, interpreting the move as a harbinger of the end of ultra-loose monetary policy.
Is QE being wound down? For this story and others shaping markets today, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined in the studio by Tom Stevenson, Investment Director at Fidelity International.
The chairman of Sports Direct, Keith Hellawell, has slammed critics after unveiling a 57% fall in the retail giant's adjusted profits. Hellawell claimed that an '"extreme political, union and media campaign" had damaged Sports Direct's reputation.
For more on this story, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined on the line by Henry Croft, Research Analyst at Accendo Markets.
It's time for our catch up with MoneyWeek, previewing the best of the bets of this week's articles from the magazine. Joining Share Radio's Ed Bowsher today is Cris Heaton, Executive Editor of MoneyWeek, and they discuss the trends that will shape 2017, the best investment ideas of the year, the rising tide of protectionism, & more.
Workers in the British Steel industry got some good news this week, after Tata Steel announced plans to continue production at the Port Talbot steelworks. Tata Steel's put forward plans to save thousands of jobs at plants across the UK. Workers will vote on the deal which will see the Indian firm invest in its British business instead of selling it. But workers will have to agree to pensions cuts.Chief executive Bimlendra Jha says that'll help rebalance a scheme which has 130,000 members, but just 10,000 still paying into it.
To find out more about this, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Dominic King, the Head of Policy and Representation at UK Steel, a trade body for the steel industry.
In a crucial Westminster vote yesterday, MPs backed the Government's Brexit timetable - with the caveat that Theresa May should publish her negotiating strategy before triggering Article 50. But not all MPs were onside: 89 voted against the government including 23 Labour MPs.
One of those MPs was Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter and former Culture Secretary.
This is the Responsible Investment Show, today with Share Radio's Steve Clarke. On this edition: renewable energy with Lord Adair Turner, microfinance with Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International, and European oil and gas producers are scaling up their preparations ahead of an expected slowdown in the international oil market.
Crowdfunders is our weekly look at what's hot and what's not in the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer space. Your host is Ed Bowsher, and on today's show he'll be taking a look at why the new innovative finance ISA is taking so long to take off with Neil Faulkner, co-founder of 4thWay. Then he'll be talking about an exciting reward crowdfunding campaign for a personal safety device called the ICE. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ice-personal-security-for-the-mobile-generation#/
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has been defeated in the race for the Austrian presidency - an election widely seen as Europe's next populist bellwether.
Share Radio's Ed Bowsher is joined on the phone by Yannis Koutsomitis, European affairs analyst. Up for discussion: is this the end of far-right populist politics in Austria?