This is Crowdfunders, the show that covers the fast-growing world of alternative finance.
In today's show, Ed Bowsher speaks to a new debt crowdfunding platform which plans to raise money for renewable energy projects and a range of other businesses too, plus much more.
Brazil is due to present its budget, but with GDP forecasts due to shrink by 4% for the second consecutive year, and the unemployment rate rising sharply, the country is struggling to deal with the end of the commodity boom. The biggest party in congress has now also voted to abandon President Dilma Rousseff’s ruling coalition. Robert Van Egghen looked into the country's struggles.
Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion and Founder of The Future High Street Summit, discusses the event, which embraces the belief that the high street is evolving. It’s returning for a third year, and Clare talks about the agenda and if the high street can compete with the likes of Amazon.
The aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus are predicting bumper orders over the next twenty years from India, the world's ninth biggest economy. They believe that India's position as a fast growing market has the potential to offset weaker sales elsewhere. Some analysts believe that by 2040 over 50,000 new planes could be in the skies thanks to strong demand from emerging markets. So is aviation a sector worth sticking with? What are the ethical issues investors need to think about? Or should they be looking at alternative sectors? Ketan Patel is Associate Fund Manager of the Amity UK fund at EdenTree Investment Management and joined Juliette Foster in the studio.
The Weeks Update:
In the wake of the killings in Brussels a number of people were arrested, although on Monday a man charged with direct involvement, was released due to a lack of evidence. The challenge now is to track down other militants and break up existing IS cells before they strike again. That won't be easy since the exact number isn't known and - as Brussels illustrated - there will always be terrorist suspects who evade the intelligence gathering net, especially if sections of that net are already weak. Joining Investment Perspectives host Juliette Foster with more analysis is Sir David Omand, the former Director General of the government intelligence organisation GCHQ, and Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator.
Investment analyst & author Jeremy Miller, whose new book "Warren Buffett's Ground Rules - Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor", explains Buffet's attitude to investing via 33 letters written between 1956 and 1970, joins Juliette Foster from New York to discuss the book and the man himself.
It's published by Profile Books on April 7th and costs £12.99 in hardback.