On this editon of Track Record - motivational psychologist, speaker, one-time pop star and writer, Paul Boross. He is a believer in the redemptive power of communication. He's been the team psychologist on Sky TV's School Of Hard. Knocks for the past seven years. His early career was as a musician and comedian - he led the chart-topping Morris Minor & The Majors and partnered Ainsley Harriott in the Calypso Twins. He's a Society of NLP Master Trainer and his most recent book on successful pitching is a collaboratrion with Scott Quinnell, the former rugby player, 'Leader On The Pitch'.
This is Money has had a string of questions from readers looking to give away money to children or grandchildren but who also wish to protect it from being squandered or lost in a relationship break-up. Whether gifting money for house deposits, or to avoid inheritance tax, or for any other reason this is a major concern for people, especially as nowadays the sums involved can be tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds. On this week’s This is Money podcast, Simon Lambert, Rachel Rickard Straus and Georgie Frost discuss why people are worried and what they can do – if anything. Also, on the agenda this week is the ten-year anniversary of the run on Northern Rock. How has the decade that followed changed our financial lives and who have been the winners and losers.
The IEA’s Head of Education Dr Steve Davies and News Editor Kate Andrews discuss how farming technology is revolutionising our world. Although current discussions of the future of tech tend to focus on AI, automation and robotics, Steve explains how recent advancements in farming offer solutions some of the key crises of our time – allowing us to feed an ever-growing population without compromising on economic development or environmental concerns. They also discuss some of the ongoing debates within the environmentalist movement, over these varying technologies.
In this week’s ‘Bigger Picture’ Ed Bowsher talks to Professor Tim Evans about Aung San Sui Kyi’s inaction in the face of massacres of Rohingya Muslims, and the political views of the US ‘tech titans’ such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
In our latest Money Makers podcast we turn our attention to venture capital trusts, specialist investment vehicles which put investors’ capital to work in higher risk, early-stage businesses. VCTs, as they are known, offer significant potential tax benefits for those prepared to risk their money in this way. This year the marketing of VCTs has started earlier than normal. Why is that – and what else do potential investors need to know about the VCT market this year? Are the tax benefits worth the rewards? Chris Hutchinson, lead manager of the £150m Unicorn AIM VCT, the largest VCT specialising in AIM-listed companies, is the man on the other side of the microphone for this in-depth discussion.
In this week’s Money Makers podcast, one of our regular big picture market roundups, Jonathan Davis talks to Charlie Morris, Investment Director at Newscape Capital, and editor of the Fleet Street Letter, about the latest developments in the UK and global markets and what they mean for investors’ portfolios. The oil price holds the key to future developments, he argues.
Is now the right time to consider a transitional deal between the UK and the European Union? On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the varying options for transitional arrangements for March 2019 - after the UK has left the EU, but before it pursues its full plans to exit the Single Market or the Customs Union. The pair also discuss how such a deal could impact on other areas of the Brexit negotiations, including the 'Divorce bill'.