James Cameron-Wilson marvels at the justified success of A Quiet Place 2 at the top of the UK box office, with a take worthy of pre-pandemic box office. He found the film both thrilling and moving. He was also drawn in – eventually – by Gunda, the cinematic equivalent of slow TV, a black and white documentary following every detail of the daily life of a pig. He rewatched and recommends the 2015 French love story Summertime but had trouble staying awake during Netflix's Awake, a dystopian sci-fi film in which nobody can sleep.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's gadget guru, discusses the net outage that took down so many websites as well as the encrypted-message app set up by the FBI to trap organised crime gangs. As well as highlighting developments in Apple's new iOS iteration, he discusses robot falcons deterring airfield pigeons, a 3D printed cello, a revolutionary women's urinal, microbes removing stains in the Medici chapel, a farmer using cow and sheep manure to power crypto mining and why Vietnamese Nem Chaua sausages can be used as a food preservative.
Political commentator Mike Indian asks what the G7 meeting in Cornwall might mean for the so-called Special Relationship between the UK and the United States. He discusses Portugal being abruptly removed from the Green List and assesses what changes to personal freedom might happen on June 21st, asking if it's right that government should control our lives in such detail. And he looks at the High Court ruling that the Government acted unlawfully over the granting of a £560,000 Covid contract.
AMC Entertainment takes investors on a wild ride; DocuSign, Five Below, Lululemon, and Zoom Video report strong earnings; Twitter launches a subscription service; Etsy makes a big buy; and enterprise search company Elastic gets a nice bounce on earnings. Motley Fool analysts Emily Flippen and Jason Moser discuss those stories and share two stocks on their radar: Brazilian payment processor StoneCo and hardware and software maker Trimble. Plus, restaurant industry expert David Henkes talks winners and losers, the importance of chicken sandwiches, and why investors should expect more restaurants to go public.
Using the metaphor of community and collaboration within a village, Adam Cox helps with the contrast between the tendency to rush into action and an almost compulsive search for more and more research before taking action - what he describes as analysis paralysis. This session can help people at either end of this spectrum to find a balance.
Adam Cox talks with Doug Vermeeren, who explains the seismic impact Covid has had on the world of work: how self-employment has become a necessity for so many, and how people have grasped the opportunities of remote working to find a new way forward. An entrepreneur coach himself, Doug describes how hundreds of millions have discovered new ways ofworking over the past year.
Another week, another house price index stating record growth. This time it was the turn of Nationwide, which said prices had risen 10.9% in the year to April, reaching a new high of £242,832 - up by £23,930 compared with 12 months earlier. Most experts say this is down to people's changing lifestyles during the pandemic and the incentive provided by the Government's stamp duty holiday. But are there other forces at play? Fred Harrison, a British author and economic commentator, successfully predicted the previous two property crashes years before they occurred - and his 18-year property cycle theory says that house prices should continue to boom before crashing in 2026. His theory is based on analysis of 300 years of data, and suggests that the underlying force behind rising prices in the property market is the finite supply of land. This, he says, combines with greed and speculation to turbo-charge sentiment and send prices spiralling before a bubble bursts. Given that early predictions of a house price crash during the pandemic were wildly inaccurate, does his model provide a better idea of what might really happen? Georgie Frost, Tanya Jefferies and Helen Crane also look at the other factors shaping the housing market, including tantalisingly cheap mortgages with two-year fixed rates as low as 0.99%. But aside from these headline-grabbing rates, the typical mortgage has actually become slightly more expensive in the last year - so why are experts saying locking in for five years is still a good idea? One group that isn't so happy about this year's house price increases is first-time buyers - especially those who took out Help to Buy loans a few years ago and are now paying back inflated sums into the Government coffers based on their homes' increased values. Helen discusses whether they should hold off paying back the loans in the face of spiralling interest - and whether today's first-time buyers should still consider using Help to Buy at what is widely tipped to be the top of the market. Do you want an 'essential', comfortable or luxurious retirement? New research explains how much you will need to put away to get the lifestyle you want in your later years. Away from housing, we talk about the latest research telling us how much we need for a decent retirement - depending on whether we want an 'essential', comfortable or more luxurious time of it in our older years. Tanya explains how much people should be putting away, and how that changes if you are single rather than part of a couple. We also discuss controversial comments made by Paul Johnson from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), who said most people don't need to worry too much about saving into their pension until they are in their 50s. Is it really wise for younger people to push pensions down their list of financial priorities? Finally, we answer a question from a reader who took £20,000 out of their pension pot to deal with Covid cashflow issues - but is now worried that their tax-free annual allowance has taken a hit.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University delves into the Government's proposals for boosting housebuilding and reviving ideas of a home-owning democracy, wondering if it will come under attack from the Conservative Party's own MPs. He discusses why Germany is becoming ever more reliant on Russian energy and how it will constrain international relations in the future. And he questions the flexibility of the EU's outlook on trade after an eight-year attempt to do a trade deal with Switzerland collapsed.
Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Diania Merriam, founder of the EconoMe Conference and host of the Optimal Finance Daily podcast, debunks common misconceptions about the Financial Independence/Retire Early movement. And Alison blames everyone and their mortgage broker for skyrocketing home prices.
Tim Price, director of Price Value Partners, considers the possible ramifications if it comes to be accepted that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan. Investors should, he feels, weigh the consequences of what - intended or not – would be the worst crime in human history. It would have such an impact on investment, business and political psychology that the only historical analogy that comes to mind is the 1930s. Tim's recommendation for investors? Enjoy the party, but dance near the door.