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'.
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 show, Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, Equifax suffers a massive data breach, Disney sells off on earnings concerns, Restoration Hardware raises the roof and Fitbit gets a healthy boost.
Car scrappage schemes are back. After waiting in vain for the government to launch an official scrappage scheme to get dirty diesels off the road, car makers have taken matters into their own hands. But is this an altruistic move to help replace more polluting cars with greener ones, or are they just trying to flog more cars? And there’s another important question to tackle, are these scrappage schemes a good deal? Simon, Rob and host Georgie Frost take a deep dive into them – and the murky world of cars sales and finance.