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A week is a long time in politics.”

Harold Wilson

The above quote that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ has now been amplified across us all. Who would have anticipated the sheer speed of the lock-down measures that have been introduced over the past week, but few would dispute the wisdom of so doing. It’s either this, the biggest pre-emptive action in peacetime, or losing over half a million people in the United Kingdom, seventy million worldwide.

In these circumstances, all our other great endeavours seem to have become somewhat eclipsed as all the stops are pulled out. But whether they be economic growth post Brexit, climate change or inter-generational rebalancing of wealth and opportunity, these challenges won’t go away – we just need to multi-task and work at them from home while we defeat the virus. And defeat it we will: first, as we start testing for those who have built up immunity and then, by reaching for the all-important vaccine.

Of course, the great anticipator is the stock-market which by a combination of forecasting and sentiment points to future prospects. So please READ ON .. as this week we consider the challenge for investors as they look for silver linings.

 

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Full Budget Speech

Please listen here to UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak's first Budget Speech in full, as he tackles the challenges of the economic impact of coronavirus, post-Brexit stimulus and the need to 'level-up' across the United Kingdom. 

We're still waiting, however, for signs of that major move towards a more egalitarian form of capitalism .. 

 

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St. Paul's besieged

Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.

 

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The Bigger Picture: The political and economic response to Covid-19 – so far

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the political and economic response so far to Covid-19, giving us his report on the Government's actions so far. He tells us, why we should be cautious for some time yet when it comes to trusting the data about the virus. And he examines the history and geopolitics of dangerous diseases, telling us about the infamous beak doctors of the 17th century.

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The Share Interview: Coronavirus - A Capuchin monk’s message of hope goes global

With countries facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Vicky Sayers speaks to brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin monk whose poem – “Lockdown” – has resonated with millions of people on a global scale. He talks about his inspiration for writing the uplifting piece, and offers advice to anyone suffering from anxiety or struggling with self-isolation measures in this difficult time.

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The Top Ten: Female Icons
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to talk about the most memorable female icons of the silver screen; and how the ever-changing nature of cinema has altered the way we view the Hollywood A-List. In this episode: Lillian Gish, Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence.
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Gadgets and Gizmos: The rechargeable car tyre

Tech guru Steve Caplin looks at some of the latest automotive developments, including a 3D car display and Goodyear's idea for a rechargeable tyre that extrudes extra tread from a central reservoir. He drools over the new iPad Pro, awaits the first Amazon Go store in the UK and ponders an e-bike that folds down to the size of a sheet of A3 paper.

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Modern Mindset: The League of Extraordinary Investors

Adam Cox is joined by Matthew Moody, the Grand Master of the League of Extraordinary Investors. Matthew shares why property is uniquely positioned to help investors become wealthy. They discuss why most people are anxious about the idea of investing in property, and the different strategies that can be used to turn property into a source of income. Matthew offers tips to get started and considers what the future may look like in the world of property and investments.

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The Business of Film: Movies for home viewing including Le Mans '66

With cinemas closed and the normal film business suspended, James Cameron-Wilson turns his attention to movies for home viewing, taking us through the home entertainment chart, topped by the film version of Downton Abbey. He examines two new Netflix releases, Lost Girls, with Amy Ryan and Le Mans' 66 (known as Ford v Ferrari in the US), which he recommends strongly.

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Motley Fool Answers: Recession. Recession? Recession!

Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. In this week's show: We’re all reeling from the financial fallout of the covid-19 outbreak and facing the likely threat of a recession. Bro explains what that means and offers his best advice on how to get your financial life in order and tap into emergency sources of money.

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The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: The virus and markets, Kingfisher, Stagecoach, United Utilities & Bellway

Helal Miah of The Share Centre looks at the state of the markets and asks what private investors should do now. With ordinary company results in abeyance, he looks at recent news from Kingfisher, Stagecoach, United Utilities and Bellway Homes. Looking ahead, he considers Smiths Group, Pennon, Saga and CMC Markets.

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VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.

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Superinvestors

In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

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The Share Foundation

How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.

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