Smart beta is sold as a way for private investors to follow sophisticated investment strategies at low cost. These include value (looking for cheap shares) and momentum (investing in companies where the share price is rising fast.) Ed Bowsher discusses the pros and cons with David Stevenson of ETFstream, Nicolas Samaran of Invesco, and market strategist Richard Wiggins.
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the outcome of Donald Trump's NATO meeting and the politics of his visit to the UK. He looks back at the resignation of Conservative Brexit-minded ministers and discusses the safety of Theresa May's position as head of her party.
Steve Caplin looks at the 10th anniversary of the App Store, Microsoft's Surface Go, an electric taxi taking payment in song, the world's lightest electric folding bike, the smartest lock ever, a 3D battery that will recharge in seconds and the most expensive purchases on eBay in 2017.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at another week weak at the UK box office, despite one cinema chain showing England's World Cup games for free. He reviews the only new film in the top ten, The First Purge, though the Beatles' Yellow Submarine is also there for its 50th anniversary. He also reviews two home releases, Australian "Western" Sweet Country and the drama Allure.
Capitalism has rarely been less popular. In his new book, Redeeming Capitalism, Kenneth Barnes discusses the moral failings that need to be tackled if the system - which has been a force for much good - is to survive. In a conversation with Share Radio's Simon Rose touching on debt, conspicuous consumption and the changed nature of work, Kenneth Barnes suggests how capitalism can once more become our servant, not our master.
Can we make goodness fashionable once more? Colin Bloom is founder of The Wilberforce Alliance, invoking the spirit of the man behind Britain's abolition of slavery, to inspire and equip people destined for public life. It is his hope that the coarseness and intemperance of politics and public life in general can, over time, be reversed. In conversation with Simon Rose, he discusses his hope that the Wilberforce Alliance can, within 15 years, produce 100,000 people embodying Wilberforce's values.
As Wimbledon 2018 enters its second week, Wimbledon fever is at its peak – but how are the people behind the spectacle working to make sure the UK’s most famous tennis championships live up to the hype? Adam Cox is joined by Alex Willis, Head of Communications, Content and Digital at the All England Club; and Sam Seddon, the IBM Wimbledon Client and Programme Executive, to talk about how artificial intelligence is changing the way fans experience Wimbledon – both on and off the courts.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: “Investing is not the study of finance, it’s the study of how people behave with money"; Award-winning financial columnist Morgan Housel stops by Fool HQ to share how psychology drives financial decisions and why long tails drive everything.
Since the late 1990s, there has been a push to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children - with governments viewing free early education as key to the achievement of this aim. Dr Jo Blanden, Reader in Economics and Research Director of the School of Economics at the University of Surrey, joins Peter Urwin to talk of her work investigating whether free nursery care impacts children’s educational performance. Overall the suggestion is that these policies have been associated with a large amount of "dead weight" - using taxpayers' money to support people in doing things that they would have done anyway. They consider whether the findings present a challenge to the suggestion that early years interventions provide best returns; or is it the specifics of this policy that need rethinking?