Bitcoin recently hit a new high of $5000. Expert on cryptocurrencies and UK Managing Director at trading and investment platform eToro, Iqbal Gandham, joins Simon Rose to discuss what cryptocurrencies actually are, the technology behind them, the risks and what investors should be looking out for.
In our first episode of Modern Mindset, Adam Cox has a discussion with Perry Carpenter, a cyber security evangelist, talking about the growing issues concerning phishing and ransomware and how emails play to the human emotions of fear, curiosity and greed. A warning of modern day tactics by someone who has been on the front line of cyber security his whole working life.
On the first episode of Mobile news we speak with Honor UK’s Sales and Marketing Director Wilkin Lee about its ethos, advertising approach and their technology developments. We also spoke with Will Black, a Senior Policy Advisor at FSB about EE’s recent voice outage last week, and the effect this can have on small business.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio - direct from Washington DC for news, views and analysis of the US stocks which matter. In this week's show, Delta flies higher on earnings. Wells Fargo slips on higher legal costs. Domino's drops despite strong sales. And MercadoLibre sells off on concerns over Amazon. Plus, NYU business professor Scott Galloway talks about his new book.
On this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert, Rachel Rickard Straus and Georgie Frost take a look at Professor Thaler’s work, his prize, behavioural economics and the whole nudge idea. Does this all really work?
Behavioural economists believe a gentle nudge in the right direction can make you richer and over recent years they have managed to win the ears of governments around the world – including the UK’s. This week one of the thinkers who helped spread the word on behavioural economics, Professor Richard Thaler, won a Nobel Prize for economics.
In the old world of economics textbooks, people behaved perfectly rationally and made the right choices. In the real world, of course, we don’t. We make irrational decisions that fly in the face of economic theory all the time. Yet, our irrational behaviour can be an asset. It means that we can be nudged into making the best choices. Professor Thaler’s catch-all advice is whether you’re a business or a government, if you want people to do something, make it easy.
In Britain, one example adopted by the Government has been pensions. Instead of getting people to opt into a pension, we’re now automatically enrolled and then offered the chance to opt out. It’s now easier to have a pension than not to. Unsurprisingly, more people now save into pensions.
On this podcast, you’ll hear an update from our Brexit Unit, run by the IEA’s chief economist Julian Jessop. Coming up, digital Officer Madeline Grant discusses the concept of unilateral free trade with Julian – a policy he thinks should be considered during the Brexit negotiations. Julian gives a comprehensive explanation of what unilateral free trade would mean in practice – and how after Brexit, the UK will be free to set its own trade rules and tariff barriers. Julian and Madeline also discuss the potential disadvantages, especially in the short term, of such a policy – mainly the disadvantages to British producers, who will face increased competition, with no guarantee it’ll be easier to export to other parts of the world.