April marks the first anniversary of the Nepalese earthquake, which killed over eight thousand people and injured more than twenty one thousand others. After the disaster the International Monetary Fund told the Nepalese authorities they would have to pay back the $3.5 billion of debt the country owes to its creditors. The IMF said the money can't be written off because Nepal doesn't qualify for relief from a special fund for countries hit by natural disasters. That decision outraged anti debt campaigners who claim that wealthy states are often responsible for the financial problems of poorer countries. For example Mozambique's debt, which is priced in currencies like the Dollar, has ballooned because of the weak exchange rate, forcing the government to use 13% of its revenue to pay back what it owes. So is it time for the creditors to ease up on the indebted? Tim Jones, of the "Jubilee Debt Campaign", joins Juliette Foster in the studio along with Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator.
Share Radio's Book Review:
Can society and business exist in a mutually respectful relationship where one side knows where the other is coming from? On the surface, the answer to that question would appear to be "No", since most people believe that companies work to undermine the public interest. Yet there's no denying the fact that business and the public need each other although the challenge is to find a meaningful way of bringing both sides together. Well one man who may have the answer is the peer and former CEO of BP, John Browne, whose new book, "Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society", is published in paperback this week. John Browne joined Juliette Foster in the studio.
Apple has released a new iPhone model, which is the smallest of its current range. Oliver Smith, Senior Tech reporter at The Memo, discusses the reasons behind the release of a smaller, cheaper model. So is it worth purchasing or should you wait for the release of the iPhone 7 later in 2016?
A third of people aged over 50, who are employed in the private sector, are now planning to retire later than they previously hoped. Aviva's latest Working Lives report reveals that they'll work eight years longer than hoped. Alistair McQueen, Pension Policy Manager at Aviva, joins Share Radio to discuss the findings.
Conversations From Africa:
Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa Magazine joins Share Radio's Patrick Jones for more news from the continent in our weekly segment dedicated to all things African.
This week he discusses more woes for the South African economy with talks of a downgrade to junk status, 'Guptagate', the huge mining court-case 'Once empowered always empowered' and 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, how well are they doing? Have their portfolios risen in value, or are they wallowing in the depths of the financial doldrums? Apprentices Valsa de Winter and Alexi Phillips join Juliette Foster in the studio along with Share Radio's Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher.
This is Emerging Opportunities, the only show on radio dedicated to the world of emerging markets. Investment Perspectives host Juliette Foster is joined by Gavin Serkin, author of "Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow", who's also the Managing Editor of "Frontier Funds and Frontera News".
This week we resume our trek around the Indian Sub-continent. Having explored India and Pakistan we're heading live to Dhaka today to look at recent news concerning an $81 million steal from Bangladesh’s Central Bank. For this we join Asif Khan. Aaron Grehan of Aviva Investors also joins the team on the line to talk the US Federal Reserve, scandal in Brazil and much much more.