In the latest instalment of our podcast series, Live From Lord North Street, News Editor Kate Andrews discusses trade arrangements and customs unions post-Brexit with Shanker Singham, who is joining the IEA as the director of our new International Trade and Competition unit. The pair examine Theresa May’s recent speech – one of six in a series dubbed the ‘Road to Brexit’ – in which the PM set out five key tests with which to judge an eventual deal with the EU. They also examine the future of regulation outside of the European Union, and potential alternatives to full regulatory alignment.
Universities up and down the country have been shutting down as lecturers have walked out, arguing that the changes to their pension schemes could leave them thousands of pounds a year worse off in retirement. So this week we’re breaking down what the university strikes are all about, and what they tell us about everyone else’s pensions too.
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith speaks to two striking lecturers: Nadine El-Enany, co-director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law at Birkbeck, and SOAS Senate chair Meera Sabaratnam. They are joined by writer and researcher Christine Berry, who is also a postgraduate student at Sheffield University.
In this week’s episode, Adam is joined by speaker, coach and author of 18 books, Pete Cohen. They discuss the power of inspiration and how to develop a mindset to take action, including the books and teachings that have inspired them, such as the classic book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. If you want to know how your mindset can help you make millions, this is a must listen.
Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, looks at the Spring Statement as well as numbers from Clarkson, Prudential and Morrison's. He also looks ahead to forthcoming results from Kingfisher, Next and Smiths Group.
James Cameron-Wilson reviews Gringo and new Woody Allen film Wonder Wheel, neither of which made the top 10 last week. He also reflects upon the extraordinary success of both Black Panther and The Greatest Showman. Lastly, he looks at the debut on Blu-Ray of 1954's The Barefoot Contessa, daring for its day, which stars Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University and Gavin Oldham, Chairman of Share plc, reflect upon the Chancellor's Spring Statement. They assess his and the OBR's projections for the economy and ask where the future tax revenue will come from? What will happen to the £30 billion bonanza of fuel duty as we move away from petrol and diesel. Why can be done to address the housing crisis and what impact will the events in Salisbury have on the defence budget. And what might Brexit mean for our public finances.
Commercial property has had a good run recently. Does that mean you shouldn’t include any in your portfolio? Ed finds out from Mark Callender, head of property research at Schroders, Colm Lauder of Goodbody stockbrokers, and Scott Longley of ETFstream.
Adam talks to former champion bodybuilder and Mind Body Coach, Karolina Kaczor, about how to listen to your body and follow your intuition. While discipline and hard work are often highly regarded qualities, Karolina talks openly about the consequences of switching one obsession or addiction for another – and what the world of finance and business can learn from competitive bodybuilding.
We have a housing crisis. That’s the message, loud and clear, and it was reiterated by the Prime Minister this week. What’s the answer? Build more homes. Or is it? Because once you start digging into the subject, this housing crisis is a pretty ill-defined problem - and it’s not clear that a lack of homes is causing the problem of too high house prices.
Many people suspect that actually it’s too much cheap money that made homes so expensive.
On this week’s podcast episode, Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost get stuck into the housing crisis. They look at what the problem is meant to be, what made homes so expensive, what the plans are to solve the issue, and whether building more homes will make house prices cheaper.