Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses the reality of Russia's ailing economy and the possible future for Putin, why our top universities are not asking tougher questions about the EU and what a new centrist party in the UK would have to look like if it were to succeed.
Facebook deals with a growing crisis as Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress. Spotify makes its Wall Street debut via a direct public offering. Our analysts discuss these stories, and share some stocks on their radar.
Steve Caplin, hotfoot from the FutureTech Now show, looks at VR cocktails, a VR gym trainer even HE would use, a VR game for those who are recuperating, as well as Microsoft, Xbox and Skype banning those using "offensive language" and an app that transcribes phone calls in real times in many languages.
Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, examines the gender pay gap and what can be done about it, asks how dangerous the possible trade war between the US and China could be and looks at President Macron's attempts to reform working practises in France.
Helal Miah, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, looks at recent numbers from Topps Tiles, BTG, Hammerson and ElectroComponents. And he looks forward to a bumper reporting session in the retail sector, with Tesco, ASOS, Dunelm, Mothercare and W H Smith all due to report.
James Cameron Wilson on Spielberg being kept from top place by an animated rabbit, reviewing Ready Player One, Isle of Dogs and Blockers. Yet again he's amazed by the performance of The Greatest Showman. And for home release, he looks at Call Me By Your Name and Score, a documentary about film composing.
Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at the result of the GKN/Melrose battle as well as recent numbers from Ferguson, RPC and Glaxo. He also looks ahead to first quarter numbers from Hammerson, currently involved in takeover shenanigans itself.
Tim Evans, professor of business and political economy at Middlesex University, discusses the journey of Labour and why it has created a problem of antisemitism, why the European Arrest Warrant is coming under greater scrutiny by some governments and why London remains the number one centre for global financial services.
James Cameron-Wilson reviews new movies Pacific Rim: Uprising and A Wrinkle in Time, commenting on the extraordinary success of Peter Rabbit, particularly in the United States. He also remarks on the continuing success of The Greatest Showman and how well films with strong female roles and involvement are currently doing.