Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. With world stock markets continuing to surge despite global uncertainty this week we’re asking if the FTSE could really break the 10,000 barrier by the end of the year. Examining the views of some of the world’s biggest investors from Warren Buffett to Neil Woodford Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Also on this weeks show we look at a few backfires for the Government lately as many banks prove reluctant to roll out its Lifetime Isa whilst it continues to steam ahead with record hikes in probate fees despite only 2% support. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Figures for the UK service sector showed their second consecutive monthly decline - they're still positive but for how long? And what does it tell us about GDP? And the US is likely to raise rates soon - what impact is this having on markets? Jamie McGeever chief markets correspondent at Reuters joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the day's big economic stories.
Jasper Lawler, Senior Market Analyst at London Capital Group, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to talk about the value of bitcoin hitting a new record high and overtaking the price of gold for the first time yesterday.
According to leading think tank The Resolution Foundation, the number of people on zero hour contracts in the UK has reached a new high. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined on the line by Andrea Broughton, Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies.
Asa Bennett, Assistant Comment Editor at the Telegraph joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss Theresa May's latest speech to the Scottish Tory Party in which she made a strong defence of the union and accused the SNP to sacrifice it for an independence "tunnel vision".
The London Stock Exchange has raised its dividend 20 percent as the merger with Deutsche Börse looks increasingly unlikely. What does it signal? Plus shares at global ad giant WPP are down 8% and cryptocurrency Bitcoin's outstripping gold on the markets. Craig Erlam of OANDA joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for more on the day's big company stories.
Today we're talking about cars with the team from Equifax. The new licence plate has just been released. Many of us may be thinking about getting some new wheels. With 3,000 new cars a day purchased on finance deals in 2016, what role does credit information play in car purchases? To find out more, Georgie was joined by Lisa Hardstaff, credit information expert at Equifax and Ed Bowsher Share Radio's senior analyst.
Georgie Frost was joined by Independent retail expert Vix Leyton this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed how around 2 billion pounds is sitting in forgotten UK investments. A commission set up in 2015 says it'll be given to charity if its owners can't be traced. Plus they look into why women effectively work for free for a fifth of the year. The TUC group of unions says that means working for nothing for 66 days. All these stories and more on The News Review.
New analysis published by the TUC on Friday reveals that the average woman has to wait nearly a fifth of a year (66 days) before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man. The analysis shows that inequality within the workplace is still a major issue. So what do employers need to do to reign in the gap? Scarlet Harris, Policy Officer at the TUC, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss.
Theresa May will be in Glasgow today to make it clear keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom is a "personal priority" for her. The Prime Minister will address the Scottish Conservative conference. It comes as speculation continues that First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon could be about to demand the right to hold a second independence referendum. Ryan Heath joined Georgie to discuss what he made of this week’s political agenda and the top stories of the morning.