Europe's equity markets are trading higher, helped by a busy year-end for corporate deal making and further signs that Italy is making progress on shoring up its weak banking sector. However, business is taking place against an uncertain backdrop, underscored by the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey and the murder of 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin which police have described as a "probable terrorist attack". Concerns about Greece have also emerged on the financial radar after the US credit ratings agency Moody's said the country is about to enter a troubling new phase in its seven year old debt crisis.
For more analysis, Share Radio's Juliette Foster was joined on the line by Jasper Lawlor, senior market analyst at London Capital Group.
Germany is in mourning after twelve people were killed at a Christmas market in Berlin in what Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "probable terrorist attack". A man drove a lorry into crowds who had gathered at the market near the city's main shopping street. Meanwhile, Russia says it will boost security at all its embassies after the country's ambassador to Turkey was assassinated by an off duty policeman hours before the Berlin attack.
Ian Bond is Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform, and joined Share Radio's Juliette Foster on the line for more on these stories.
As Donald Trump prepares for his presidency he has been naming officials...AND speaking out against the Central Intelligence Agency. To get reaction to the president elect's latest moves, and discover what they might mean, Colin is joined by Ross Anderson of Cambridge University.
In the modern age, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places. Sunday was International Migrants Day and we've been in contact with Migrant Voice, an organisation dedicated to giving migrants worldwide a voice to express their experiences and struggles. Colin spoke with Yuliana Topazly, who moved to the UK from Russia when she was 19 and now runs her own business, and Rehab Jameel, a human rights activist, anti-FGM campaigner, and civil engineer, holding an MPhil from Cambridge in engineering for sustainable development.
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by finance and consumer rights expert Martyn James. Today on the agenda, they discuss the British Airways and Weetabix strikes. Plus our UK foodbanks filling up this season. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Have you ever fantasised about leaving your job and starting your own business? Well that's exactly what one investment banker did after being made redundant in 2013. She didn't head back to the city but decided to do something completely different! Lavinia Davolio set up a sweet business--Lavolio Boutique Confectionery and has gone on to supply Fortnum and Mason, Ocado and Amazon and joined Georgie Frost in the studio.
More feisty fisticuffs from Money Fight Club with financial heavyweight Lindsay Cook; this week estate agency fees are in the firing line along with charities that hound us after making a donation, and if we should boycott the companies that are shrinking the Christmas sweet contents yet not reducing the price.
We've certainly seen plenty of stories about new developments in robotics and AI across different industries. Science fiction is filled with examples of highly advanced robots replacing humans and taking over the world but could they be starting with your job? According to one study about 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of automation over the next 20 years. Our reporter Tom Hill spoke to UK Think-tank Future Advocacy’s founder Olly Buston to investigate what the future holds for the job market in this robotic age.
From virtual reality to drones this year has certainly seen a range of futuristic new products on the market. All this means there's ever more to choose from when trying to find the perfect present for any gadget obsessed friends and relatives. Talking to Georgie Frost through the best of this year’s consumer tech is Chris Hall, editor at Pocket Lint, the Tech review website.
As 2016 is almost over, it is time to look back over the year. Georgie Frost checked in with Mr Moneyblogger himself, Andy Webb from the Moneyblogger community to find out about the money highlights, including the money heroes and villains from 2016.