Adam Cox is joined by Mohsin Rashid, Co-Founder of ZIPZERO, to discuss some potential solutions to take the pressure off of consumers in light of the cost-of-living crisis. Mohsin explains what brought him to create the ZIPZERO app, and how and how it aims to help users save money on household bills.
Adam Cox is joined by Dr Ian Braithwaite, CEO of Try Habitual, Dr Silja Voolma, Behavioural Scientist, and pre-diabetes patient, Marv Yeller, for Diabetes Week to discuss new research which reveals the stigma and negative stereotypes surrounding Diabetes. They explain ways in which these misconceptions and stigmas can be addressed, and Ian explains who Habitual are and what they do.
Russ Mould of A J Bell points out that while central bankers may claim the war in Ukraine is responsible for inflation surging, it's their long-standing zero-interest-rate policy that has stacked the combustible material up ready to be ignited. For investors, the aim must be to preserve capital as markets react. Stress test your portfolio and think about sectors like banks (already pricing in recession) and real assets. There will be opportunities to come for those who have cash to hand.
Steve Caplin goes all robotic in this week's tech show. As well as a robot waiter and a robot pizza maker, there's a pea-sized robot doing an obstacle course and a sweaty robotic finger. At Google, there's an argument over whether one of its robots is actually alive, with an engineer claiming it is and trying to get it a lawyer. Internet Explorer is no more, there's a solar panel-festooned car and cars charged by an induction loop. And Sony have brought out a high-end Walkman MP3 player costing a mere £2,999.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, up 32% with the arrival of Jurassic World Dominion at #1. James, a fan of the franchise, found it breathless entertainment. It pushed Top Gun: Maverick to #2 though that's now the highest grosser of 2022. With no other major new films, James chose Foreign Oscar nominee The Worst Person in the World as his DVD of the month, recommending it as a daring, brave and memorable movie. He also looked at Sundance winner Cha Cha Real Smooth, out on Apple+.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks what the vision – if any – is of the Tory Government and worries that we are witnessing the dialogue of the deaf. He looks at the levelling-up debate and how our politics is so riven with contradictions. He reserves praise, however, for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, which he considers a masterclass in strategic communications and statecraft, an enriching series of events with something for everyone.
Boris Johnson clearly hopes that an increased focus on home ownership will restore his fortunes as we approach the next election in the United Kingdom: we've certainly slipped a long way from the focus on ‘right to buy’ and popular capitalism over the decades since Margaret Thatcher was in power. Politicians often speak glibly about ownership as if it's a definitive term, but the sense of ownership depends on a whole range of features. We look at a number of different styles of, and pressures on, ownership, and how they weaken or strengthen that sense of connection for which Boris Johnson is no doubt seeking.
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Women have already been hit by a huge state pension blunder in recent years, but now it seems the DWP is messing up again. After This is Money's Steve Webb and Tanya Jefferies exposed a £1 billion women's state pension scandal, which emerged from a reader question sent in to his column, you'd think the Government would be keeping on top of payments. But it has turned out that more women appear to being told they aren't due the right amount, or in one case that we reported on this week, anything at all. Tanya joins Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert to talk through the problems. Plus, are we saving enough for retirement? Steve sounded a warning this week that auto-enrolment was lulling people into a false sense of security and said that employers need to do more. The team discuss what you can do to make sure you are putting enough into your pension and why the self-employed need to pay particular attention. Also, the investment themes that could run for years and make you a profit, and is it time for investors to weigh up buying back into Scottish Mortgage after its 40% slump this year? And finally — petrol prices are rocketing, so is it time for a VAT cut to ease the double whammy of tax?
Inflation hits a 40-year high. We know the effect on consumers, but what about investors? Emily Flippen and Ron Gross discuss DocuSign's 25% drop, Target's bold moves, Stitch Fix continuing to struggle, Vail Resorts benefitting from relaxed Covid restrictions, the latest from Campbell Soup, Netflix, Amazon, and more. Plus, Matt Argersinger, lead investor for Millionacres, discusses the current state of the housing market, how a potential recession may affect real estate, and his interest in an alternative asset class: vintage comic books. Meanwhile Emily and Ron share two stocks on their radar: Bilibili and Airbnb. Stocks discussed on the show: DOCU, MSFT, TGT, SFIX, MTN, CPB, NFLX, ROKU, AMZN, SHOP, GOOG, GOOGL, DIS, EBAY, BILI, ABNB; Host: Chris Hill; Guests: Emily Flippen, Ron Gross, Matt Argersinger
SEC chairman Gary Gensler outlined rule changes to require trading firms to compete directly to execute trades from individual investors. Andy Cross discusses why payment-for-order-flow (PFOF) is going to be a big topic this summer, potential threats to Robinhood's business model, Five Below's recent (and uncharacteristic) struggles, and takeaways from Spotify's investor day event, including a push into audiobooks. Plus, Deidre Woollard continues her conversation with Jason Hall about homebuilders, including key metrics to watch and a few stock ideas. Stocks discussed: HOOD, FIVE, DLTR, DG, WMT, SPOT, AMZN, AAPL, MTH, LGIH, NVR; Host: Chris Hill; Guests: Andy Cross, Deidre Woollard, Jason Hall.
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