Next week the Chancellor George Osborne will unveil his spring budget to the House of Commons as speculation grows over whether he's likely to make any cutbacks or if he's course to pay down the nation's debts. Mr Osborne is saying nothing although he's dropped plans to end or alter tax relief on pension contributions in a move which campaigners believe is a missed opportunity to help the low paid. Yet regardless of what the Chancellor does on Wednesday, his calculations will have been influenced by an econimic model that critics claim is flawed and past its sell by date. Neo-classical economics may be Treasury's guding light, but has it done more harm than good? Is it time to look at the alternatives? Juliette Foster was joined in the studio by Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator, and Professor Steve Keen of Kingston University London. Steve is also the author of the best-selling book "Debunking Economics".
Marco Robinson is an entrepreneur and author of the book, "The Financial Freedom Guarantee" who says that if you follow his ten step plan, you could end up being a VERY wealthy person - and he joined Juliette Foster in the studio for a thorough run-down of the strategy and the book itself.
Ninety six seconds was all it took to raise £1 million pounds, in Mondo's crowdfund via the Crowdcube platform. The mobile first challenger bank is allowing customers to become shareholders through the initiative. Tom Blomfield is the Chief Executive of Mondo, and he explains what the company does, whilst also looking ahead to the future for the bank and the industry.
The Virtual Technology Cluster Group is just 24 hours old. Launched on Monday, the group's model enables major multi-national companies to attract emerging and disruptive technology innovators into their supply chain. Chief Executive, Auriol Stevens, joined Sarah Lowther and Chris Bailey to discuss just how the group works and who its members are.
The Institute of Financial Services student investor challenge is the UK's largest investment competition for schools. The competition gives small teams two virtual investment portfolios of £100,000. With this they are challenged to make both short-term and strategic trades over 3 months.
This year, five hundred teams of students have outperformed the stock market and secured places in the Semi-finals. In the final they will have a shot at an all-expenses paid trip to New York as well as a £2,000 cash prize.
On the line was Vice Principal of IFS University College, Alison Pask for more.
Welcome to today's edition of The Apprentice Investor. Regular listeners to the show will know that our Apprentices are five members of the Share Radio team who've each been given fifteen thousand pounds of virtual money to build their own individual share portfolios. They have a minimum of eight stocks, which they've been buying and selling through The Share Centre. So, three months into the New Year how are they doing? Are they in the money...or are they out of pocket? Apprentices Alexi Phillips and Valsa de Winter are in the studio and standing by with plenty of advice is Share Radio's Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher.
This is Emerging Opportunities, the one and only show on your radio dedicated to global emerging markets. Today featuring Gavin Serkin, the author of Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow, and the Managing Editor of Frontier Funds, Consultant Talib Qayyum & Matthias Martinsson of Tundra Fonder.
Share Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher joins Georgie Frost in the studio to discuss a fall in London tourism, NPower cutting over a fifth of its workforce, Chancellor Osborne's u-turn on pension changes, fee-free accounts, and Moonpig apologising for Mothers' Day bungle.