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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Improving central government, why Britain isn't working & the forthcoming energy revolution

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Improving central government, why Britain isn't working & the forthcoming energy revolution
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University assesses the report of The Commission on the Centre of Government and its main proposals. To him, its suggestions point to running things more in the way a business is managed, with proper budgets for projects and making ministers accountable. He looks at why so many people in the UK aren't working, the effects of Covid, high taxes and healthcare problems. And he believes that the PM's U-turn on gas plants recognises that wind and solar can't do it all. But, on the horizon, nuclear fusion suddenly looks an imminent reality, which will have profound implications, not just for energy but also for geopolitics.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Imaginary, Spaceman & the Oscars

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Imaginary, Spaceman & the Oscars
James Cameron-Wilson reports on box office down 29% with Dune 2 now up to £19.3m at #1. At #5 is horror film Imaginary, which James found boring, bloated, clichéd and not particularly scary. He hoped for better from the philosophical sci-fi drama Spaceman on Netflix. However, despite Paul Dano and Carey Mulligan, it proved one of the weirdest films he had seen for a long time and suffered from the miscasting of Adam Sandler in the main role. He was far happier with the Oscars, which he felt were wonderfully hosted and both entertaining and compelling, even if he did – for once – get one of his main predictions wrong.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Is Perplexity the new Google, Google's wifi problem & bionic eyes

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Is Perplexity the new Google, Google's wifi problem & bionic eyes
Steve Caplin and Simon Rose marvel at new search engine Perplexity which they both feel knocks Google for six in its usefulness. You can try it at Perplexity.ai for free on the web and through apps. Google have other problems too, with their new campus a wifi black spot. A helium balloon could be the answer if you're lost in the wilderness. A watch could show you your actual blood flow. Bionic eyes could be powered by solar panels on the iris. A replica of the Titanic is due to sail in 2027. And there's a sweet crowdfunded robot powered by your smartphone.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal investors: What does the wave of bids mean for UK equities?

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal investors: What does the wave of bids mean for UK equities?
Russ Mould looks at the bid activity in the UK market with an increased bid for Direct Line and the offer for Curry's being withdrawn. The forty-plus bids last year returned about 1.5% to investors, making a total yield with cashbacks and dividends of over 7%. Should investors look for stocks that might receive a bid or should they heed the words of Warren Buffett? And if so many predators see value in the UK stock market, why aren't international investors buying?
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Russ Mould


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Shifting the Burden Stealthily

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Shifting the Burden Stealthily
Jeremy Hunt's focus on young working people, by making a further significant reduction in employees' NI, is welcome; but his overall strategy is cloaked in disguise. As Michael Gove made clear in February, young people need direct economic encouragement: for example, the omission of any mention of unclaimed adult-owned CTFs indicates more of a studied indifference from HM Treasury. Background music: 'Hidden Agenda' by Kevin MacLeod - http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200102

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Gavin Oldham

The Financial Outlook: UK Budget as delivered on 6 March 2024

Gavin Oldham
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook: UK Budget as delivered on 6 March 2024
The full unabridged UK Budget speech as delivered by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the House of Commons on Wednesday 6th March 2024, without additional comment.

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Was the Budget too little, too late or what we need for escape velocity?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Was the Budget too little, too late or what we need for escape velocity?
Jeremy Hunt bounced around delivering his Budget on Wednesday, proudly declaring his commitment to tax cuts and supporting working families. Another 2% was chopped off National Insurance and the threshold at which child benefit is removed was raised from £50,000 to £60,000. But you don’t need to be a financial expert to know that the Chancellor’s version of events isn’t quite the whole story. Because Mr Hunt is also presiding over a long-term stealth tax freeze to thresholds that is costing workers dear and his child benefit move merely kicked sky-high marginal tax rates down the road, rather than getting rid of them altogether. Nonetheless, a tax cut and an extra £5,000 Isa allowance – even if it’s a slightly iffy, limited one – is not to be sniffed at. So, was this an escape velocity Budget that puts Britain back on the path to growth? Or was it too little, too late, from a Tory party that has sported successive Chancellors who have been keener to raise our taxes by hook or by crook rather than cut them – or even just keep thresholds in line with inflation? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert look at the winners and losers and go searching for the devils in the detail. What is the National Insurance cut worth to you? Will you get some child benefit back? Did pensioners deserve a tax cut too? With a failure to reverse his capital gains and dividend tax raid, what has the Chancellor got against small investors? And will the British ISA be any good? All that and more – plus a look at why Nationwide is buying Virgin Money, and whether that’s good or bad for us all.

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Quick Budget reaction — Investing experts on the Chancellor's speech

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Quick Budget reaction — Investing experts on the Chancellor's speech
Simon Lambert is joined by Charles Stanley Direct’s Lisa Caplan and Garry White for a quick run through what was in the Budget. Investment experts Lisa and Garry talk us through the main Budget points and what they mean for people.
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Lisa Caplan, Garry White


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Trouble or Turnaround Plays? (5/3)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Trouble or Turnaround Plays? (5/3)
We try to separate the falling knives from the buying opportunities. Jim Gillies and Dylan Lewis discuss NYCB’s credit downgrade, material weaknesses, and current struggles, Stitch Fix’s latest earnings, and whether the clothing company could be a turnaround play, and why Jim likes the prospects for beat-up fintech company PROG holdings. Then, 15 minutes in, Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp talk about trends in travel and tips if you’re trying to avoid the crowds and fees next time you step on a plane. Companies discussed: NYCB, SFIX, PROG. Host - Dylan Lewis; Guests - Jim Gillies, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp
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Jim Gillies, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Consumers, Choice, And Apple (4/3)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Consumers, Choice, And Apple (4/3)
The European Commission is the latest to take aim at Apple’s App store. Jason Moser and Deidre Woollard discuss why Spotify and Apple are engaging in a new music streaming battle, if Spirit Airlines will seek another buyer and why the latest go-private offer may be good news for Macy’s shareholders. Then, Ricky Mulvey and Lou Whiteman cover the state of play for airline stocks. Companies discussed: AAPL, SPOT, JBLU, M, UAL, DAL, AAL, LUV, ULCC, AER. Host - Deidre Woollard; Guests - Jason Moser, Ricky Mulvey, Lou Whiteman
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Jason Moser, Ricky Mulvey, Lou Whiteman


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