Steve Caplin marvels at a website that will separate out voices and instruments giving you ready-made karaoke. He reveals that pain relief works better lying down, but only on one side and discusses a beautiful and nippy submarine, a limited edition Bugatti, an 87mph electric unicycle, clever rear bike lights and NASA's revelation of the sound of a black hole in the Perseus galaxy, 240m light years away.
Victoria Scholar of Interactive Investor tells Simon Rose why the Jackson Hole central bank symposium in Wyoming is so important this year and what we might expect Fed Chair Jay Powell to say. With the severity of inflation a major driver of markets, we can expect them to be jittery for some time. In the UK, the new price cap will have a big effect on the CPI numbers.
The ONS reports the sharpest fall in real wages since the financial crash, but is the pain of soaring inflation shared by all?
The contrast between stock market reaction so far this year and that which followed the oil price shock in the 1970s suggests that there is little comparison with those days: and yet the massive increase in fossil fuel and food prices driven by Putin's war in Ukraine is every bit as severe as then. So why, notwithstanding the fact that economic recession is expected, are stock markets so sanguine about the conditions facing us today? It has all to do with the very different impact felt by different segments of society as a result of chronic polarisation of wealth, and it explains why we need to move to a more egalitarian form of capitalism.
Background music: 'Sarabande' by Joel Cummins
Inflation is up again with CPI now measured at 10.1%, the highest since February 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. How does this bout of inflation compare to then? Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost discuss the higher than forecast inflation rate and what is driving it. With that rate of inflation soaring, a majority of economists believe another 0.5% increase in base rate is on the cards next month. But what would a base rate of 3%, 5% or 7% do to mortgage rates and property prices? Britons are estimated to have billions 'lost' in pension, investment and bank accounts – how do you go about tracking it down? And, with thousands of students opening their A Level results this week, Lee reveals how he has already built a £10,000 investment pot for his three-year-old, in case she decides to go into further education.
Details about The Federal Reserve's meeting in July sent stocks to their first losing week in a month. Emily Flippen and Ron Gross discuss expectations around more interest rate hikes in the near future, "Inventory" being the key story around big retailers like Walmart and Target, Deere's mixed 3rd-quarter results and potential for a bright future, the incredible roller coaster for Bed Bath and Beyond shareholders this week, Foot Locker's surprising 2nd-quarter results and new CEO, and the latest from Home Depot, Lowe's, and Starbucks. Also, Ricky Mulvey talks with Bloomberg entertainment industry reporter Lucas Shaw about Warner Brothers Discovery, and how the media conglomerate is consolidating and evolving; and Emily and Ron analyse the latest innovation from Papa John's and share two stocks on their radar: Rover Group and American Tower. Stocks discussed on the show: WMT, TGT, HD, LOW, DE, BBBY, SBUX, FL, WBD, DIS, PARA, PZZA, AMT, ROVR. Our annual investing conference is free for Motley Fool members! For more details go to http://Fool.com/FoolFest. Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Emily Flippen, Ron Gross, Lucas Shaw
Big Retail starts to report earnings and the news is good (so far). Jason Moser discusses Walmart exceeded lowered expectations for the 2nd quarter, CEO Doug McMillon's comments on the new customers that drove results, Home Depot passing inflation costs onto customers (and not missing a beat), and how the expectations bar has been raised for Target and Lowe's. Also, at 13 minutes in, Warren Buffett's quotations hold meaning for investors, regardless of their portfolio size. Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp and a host of Fool investors share their favourite Buffett quotes and why they're relevant. Stocks mentioned: WMT, HD, LOW, TGT, BRK.A, BRK.B; Host - Chris Hill; Guests: Jason Moser, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp, Buck Hartzell, Alyce Lomax, Scott Phillips, Anand Chokkavelu
Jason Moser, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp, Buck Hartzell, Alyce Lomax, Scott Phillips, Anand Chokkavelu
Adam Cox is joined by Lynn Grimes, Director of Student Recruitment at Birkbeck, University of London, to discuss new research revealing the changing attitudes towards higher education. She explains the shift towards 'flexible learning, and why students today have different priorities than their predecessors. www.bbk.ac.uk
Adam Cox is joined by Alan O'Rourke, from Ruark, ahead of National Radio Day to discuss new research revealing Brits attitude towards radio. Alan explains why he thinks radio is still such a popular medium, and what he thinks the future of radio will look like.www.ruarkaudio.com
Adam Cox is joined by TV, Radio and Podcast presenter, Kate Thornton, to discuss new research from Cushelle, marking the launch of the brand's new tubeless toilet tissue, revealing Brit's biggest household pet hates. She explains some of the biggest bathroom bugbears, why Cushelle decided to make tubeless toilet rolls and how they can help these annoyances. www.cushelle.com
Adam Cox is joined by Natalie McAllister, from Dyno-Rod, to discuss new research revealing the public's attitudes towards women working within the manual labour industries. She explains why the industry can be so rewarding, and why more girls should consider the career path. https://www.dyno.com/
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