Airbnb, which enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties, is under fire from regulators in several cities, including New York, San Francisco and Barcelona. The platform, which is valued at £25bn by investors, has been hit by criticism that it’s to blame for rising property prices in major cities. And critics allege that its effect in London has been particularly negative. Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen reports.
The London School of Economics is to examine the book "Rich People, Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms." It's been written by Caroline Freund, former Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. To find out about the effects of the mega rich living in developing countries, Matt Cox spoke to Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, and Chairman of the book event.
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 runs from today until Sunday. It's a meeting place for the industry's experts publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors and it is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. Author James Craig talks about the publishing industry in light of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016.
Financial technology, also known as Fintech, is one of the hottest areas of investment at the moment and Britain is at the forefront. Startups are beating the banks by offering cheaper, quicker, online services. Today the Royal United services institute (RUSI) holds an event debating the following "Defining Fintech: actors, challenges, opportunities and financial crime". Dr Inês Sofia de Oliveira, Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) joined Share Radio ahead of the event.
It seems the Square Mile is being hit by more so-called ransomware attacks than anywhere else in the UK. Ransomware is the digital equivalent of highway robbery. Precious company data is stolen or encrypted, and will not be returned in a readable form unless a ransom is paid. Data from specialists, Malwarebytes, found the City suffered 670% more such attacks than the next nearest area - Manchester. Chris Boyd, Malwarebytes’ intelligence analyst, told Share Radio’s Nigel Cassidy that ransomware attacks are nothing less than a modern day protection racket.
With six months to go to the French presidential election, an increasingly acrimonious campaign has become divided over the topic of Brexit. While the mainstream candidates bicker over how kindly the EU should treat the UK in the negotiations, the Front National leader Marine Le Pen continues to rise in the polls. Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen reports.
Consumer confidence has grown in parts of the UK, hitting five year highs post-Brexit. But the figures aren't clear cut as consumer sentiment is being weighed on by the mostly "remain voting" London staying pessimistic. Has Brexit negatively affected some areas of the country economically whilst favouring others? Share Radio's Matt Cox has been speaking to Julian Jessop, Chief Global Economist at Capital Economics.
New data indicates the UK's fashion sector has suffered its sharpest decline this year since the financial crisis. The report from research group Kantar Worldpanel shows sales in the market encompassing clothing, footwear and accessories has fallen for four consecutive months. So why the steep decline, and will the situation improve as we move into the Christmas period? Matt Cox has been speaking to Glen Tooke, Consumer Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel, to find out.
Passengers are enduring overcrowding, delays and chaos on Southern trains as a strike by RMT union members continues. So as the deadlock continues, the Association of British Commuters has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 in order to legally challenge the Department for Transport over their dealings of the Southern disruption. They ended up raising over £26,000 and campaign co-ordinator Emily Yates, Co-Founder of the Association of British Commuters, joined Share Radio Morning Money.
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