A week is a long time in politics - UKIP; Fracking protesters; and the pound all got a pummeling, didn't they? Welcome to the This is Money podcast, produced in partnership with NS&I. This week, Share Radio’s Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and journalist Ellie Lawrie to take a look at the week’s biggest financial stories. And we start with the speech. Which speech? Don’t be silly. Theresa May capped off the Conservative Party conference with an entreaty for the Tories to be the Peoples Party, but more importantly for our purposes, the PM gave some strong signals of protectionism and increased toughness on Business. Energy, pensions, transport – few sectors escaped her view. And we’re in no doubt about a Hard Brexit now, so how are May and Chancellor Hammond going to navigate this one? To further complicate matters is a near-perfect negative correlation between a plunging Sterling and a soaring FTSE. What are we to make of this?
We’ll also be admonishing you to get your affairs in order, that is write a will. Few things ruin a family quicker than money, and family disputes over inheritances are on the rise in this country. We want to make sure your estate is dealt with in the way you intend, without breaking up the home. We’ll also be looking at ways of spending a windfall, the hyper-hyper-inflation of the new £5 note, and … you hear that? The carols are here early, and it’s time for a look-ahead to the toys on every kids’ Christmas list this year. (Sorry, but you really ought to get started early this year, they’re not cheap).
This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost, in partnership with NS&I.
Georgie Frost is joined by Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher. Today they discuss the falling price of sterling as it reaches a 31 year low as well as the news of a new round of strikes from Southern Rail. Plus the growing popularity of a shift towards a cashless society. All these stories and more on The News Review.
A global agreement to combat climate change has been forged, in a deal which will formally start on November 4. Ahead of the US presidential election, Donald Trump opposes the accord whilst Hillary Clinton strongly supports it, but what does it mean for business? Paul Simpson, CEO of environmental non-governmental organisation CDP, explained.
The latest US non-farm payroll figures are released later. With a looming presidential election and uncertainty in some global markets, what will the figures reveal, and what impact will it have on the UK and a weak Sterling? Matt Cox spoke to Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, to find out more.
It's another edition of our weekly programme The Investment Trust Show - brought to you in association with Henderson Global Investors. Each week we explore the main features, factors and developments affecting investment trusts at the moment.
This week, we're looking at contrarian investing.
Joining Share Radio's Ed Bowsher the studio is James Henderson, Manager of the Henderson Opportunities Trust, the Lowland Investment Trust, and the Law Debenture trust, and also Dice McCairn, Editor of Which Investment Trust.com.
How much pocket money should children get? We're hearing the average is £7.55 for 8 to 11 year-olds and £9.01 for 12 to 16 year-olds. But when should children start getting money and how can it be used to teach them about finance?
Reuters revealed that tech company Yahoo had secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a request to searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages. The latest allegations come less than two weeks after Yahoo said hackers had stolen millions of users' data. To understand the reasons behind this compliance with the US government and the consequences for Yahoo, Matt Cox spoke to Oliver Smith, senior tech reporter at The Memo.