Forget coughing fits, pranksters and tumbling letters for a minute. Along with a car crash speech for Theresa May, the Tory party conference also brought a few policies that might make a difference to our financial lives. Student fees, house building and an energy price cap all came up on the agenda. But was this just tinkering around the edges, or a solid plan to improve three highly controversial areas?
Listen to join Simon Lambert, Laura Whitcombe and Georgie Frost on a tour through those Tory policies – and whether they have any chance of working – alongside the rest of the money news you need to know about this week.
Also on the agenda this week, we talk pensions, discussing why a reader’s state pension has been cut even for the years they were contracted in and whether we need to be worried about final salary schemes paying out what they are meant to.
'Open banking' and whether banks should be allowed to scan your spending habits to then alert you to better deals is also discussed, along with the things you should avoid doing to your home if you ever want to sell it. And finally, in some breaking news we bring you the information you’ve all been waiting for. How much did the top new £10 note sell for at the Bank of England auction?
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 which matter. In this week's show, Costco slips on margin concerns. Netflix hits an all-time high after the company announces a price hike. And General Motors reports some electrifying news. Plus, Chris talks about the business of popularity with Derek Thompson.
In the latest Money Makers podcast, our series of in-depth conversations with leading professional investors, Jonathan Davis talks to experienced stockpicker Paul Mumford, who has been running what is now the £150m Cavendish Opportunities Fund, a small and midcap specialist, since 1988. Paul is also the author of a recently published book, The Stock Picker, which look backs entertainingly over the highs and lows of his 50-year career in the financial markets and explains why he is not too worried (yet) about Brexit, higher interest rates or Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. He also discusses some of his favourite investment themes at present.
The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has introduced important changes to borrowing for landlords with four or more properties. Richard Blanco discusses the implications with Head of Policy at The National Landlords Association, Chris Norris and James Andrews, Editor of Mirror Money Online. As London Borough of Newham awaits a decision from the Secretary of State on the renewal of its borough wide selective licensing scheme, we debate the scheme’s merits and the potential impact of the decision. We look more broadly at how local authorities are trying to procure properties from the private rented sector and ask whether Gas Safety Week is making enough headway in promoting safety. Inside Property is produced in collaboration with the National Landlords Association.
Correction: local authorities must seek Secretary of State permission for selective licensing schemes of more than 20% of the borough’s privately rented properties not 25%.
Andro Donovan began her working career as a teacher, but has worked in business as a leadership development specialist. She has worked with a number of top management teams and CEOs from blue chip companies, assisting them to create the culture they need to support their business growth and people performance strategies. She's a regular blogger and she's just published the book, 'Motivate Yourself'.
Tom Stevenson, Investment Director of Fidelity International, is a key speaker at the London Investor Show on Fri 20th October. He explains why investors should head to the Show and discusses what investors should do if they believe the bull market is almost over.
Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at the implications of the Catalonian referendum vote, figures from Tesco, Ferguson and examines the airline sector in the wake of the Monarch collapse. He also looks ahead to results from Sky and Marston's.