The Federal Open Market Committee continues its deliberations about whether to hike interest rates. It’s against a back drop of uncertainty as European stocks closed lower on Tuesday amid concerns over Brexit, and The German 10-year bund yield falling below zero for the first time. Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, offered his views.
Alan White, senior reporter at BuzzFeed UK, talks about his book 'Shadow State - Inside the Secret Companies that Run Britain' which provides an in depth investigation into the impact of the privatisation of public services in this country.
Turkish warplanes killed thirteen suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, in the southeast province of Diyarbakir. Government planes also struck PKK targets in the nearby provinces of Siirt and Hakkari and in areas of neighbouring northern Iraq where the PKK has bases. South east Turkey, home to most of the country's 15 million Kurds, has been wracked by violence since the collapse of a ceasefire in 2014 which led to the PKK resuming its armed campaign for greater autonomy. Meanwhile Kurdish militants from a PKK splinter group have claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Istanbul in which eleven people died. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used the violence as a reason for tightening his grip on power - evidence, according to his critics, of authoritarianism. So what does the future now hold for a country once regarded by western powers as a crucial ally? For more analysis Juliette is joined by Professor Mehmet Ugur of Greenwich University, and by Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator.
The EU is dedicating itself to its recycling targets, including setting an "EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy" that establishes an ambitious programme of action. The 2016 ‘Resourcing The Future Conference’ is set to start in London and Matt Cox has been finding out more by speaking with David Maddison, Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham.
Microsoft looks set to buy professional networking site, LinkedIn. But does the deal make sense from a tech perspective? Martin Garner from CCS Insight, which provides market analysis for companies in the mobile and wireless sector, gave his view on the deal, as well as discussing Apple and its latest Siri announcement.
Having a positive credit history is important, whether applying for a mortgage, car finance or a credit card. However, research by he consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has found that there is a distinct lack of knowledge when it comes to credit report information. There is also little known about how it can influence someone's score. This is a must listen as Lisa Hardstaff, Equifax Credit Information Expert, is joined by our own senior analyst, Ed Bowsher, in studio with Sue Dougan as they explore all angles on credit reports.
This is The Apprentice Investor. Regular listeners to the show will know that our Apprentices are five members of the Share Radio team who've each been given fifteen thousand pounds of virtual money to build individual share portfolios. They have a minimum of eight stocks, which they've been buying and selling through The Share Centre. So…are our apprentices flush with wealth or burdened with losses? Apprentices Valsa de Winter and Alexi Phillips are in the studio and dispensing advice and observations is Ed Bowsher, Share Radio's Senior Analyst.