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All babies are born naked, but soon after some are dressed in expensive clothes bought at the best boutiques while the majority wear rags.”

Yanis Varoufakis

So begins the book ‘Talking to My Daughter - a brief history of capitalism’ by the former finance minister of Greece. He points directly at the great Achilles heel of capitalism but, buried in this quotation, there lies the great opportunity to tackle it by intergenerational re-balancing.

In just four weeks’ time, the first of six million young people throughout the United Kingdom will get access to their Child Trust Funds as they reach their 18th birthday. For the next 8 ½ years, this radical opportunity to empower a generation of disadvantaged young adults will be with us. If it works, Gordon Brown and Ruth Kelly will have shown the world how to solve one of the greatest economic dilemmas: how to retain the vibrant wealth creation attributes of capitalism, whilst at the same time allowing each new generation the chance to benefit from it.

Giving young people some money with which to start life is, however, only half the story. The other half is to build that vital sense of ownership - and responsibility - which comes with learning financial awareness. So please READ ON .. as this week, after providing a range of recent analysis on why this is such an urgent problem, we show how incentivised learning can provide the same breakthrough for young disadvantaged people in developed countries as micro-finance has done for poverty-stricken adults in India and Africa.


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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: Obesity, planning reforms, local lockdowns and COVID border policy

Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the Government's obesity strategy and its decision to target junk food advertising. He considers the significance of the announced planning reforms, whether local lockdowns are the right way forward and tries to make sense of the COVID border policy. He also looks at the prospects for the American Presidential Election with three months to go.

The Business of Film: James back in a cinema (!), Unhinged, Hamilton & Make Up

For the first time since lockdown began, our film critic James Cameron-Wilson was able to attend a film in an actual cinema. He reviews the film he saw there: Unhinged, a thriller starring Russell Crowe. He also looks at the streaming version of the hit musical Hamilton and British movie Make Up. James then considers what Disney's decision to bypass cinemas with Mulan might mean for cinemas around the world.

Modern Mindset: The Signs of Stress

Adam Cox is joined by activist and campaigner Natasha Sutton, an entrepreneur that suffered from paralysis while running a successful business. Natasha reveals how traumatic life experiences involving her parents helped her pursue a passion for good mental health and better understanding for all. Natasha shares some valuable tips on how to spot the signs of stress and mental health issues, and ways in which we can all cope.

Motley Fool Answers: Mastering Money With the Budgetnista

Tiffany Aliche explains how she went from being unemployed and in debt, to founding a multimillion-dollar business – all while providing life-changing financial education.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Dividends, HSBC & easyJet

Joe Healey of The Share Centre looks at the current state of UK dividend payouts, where some light is being seen amidst the previous gloom. He also looks at the banks, particularly the problems faced by HSBC and at the airline sector and, in particular, at easyJet. Looking ahead, he suggests what we might expect from Intercontinental Hotels, Prudential and Just Eat.

Gadgets & Gizmos: The world's first fly-in cinema

Tech guru Steve Caplin asks what liquid which most of us use is more expensive than premium whisky or Chanel #5. He tells us about the world's first fly-in cinema, the Taipei competition to win fake air trips, the beetle that can digest polystyrene, robot dogs for the blind, the roll-up chess set, the porch parcel protection system and why future civilisations will know more about ancient Egyptians than they do about us.

Motley Fool Money: Revenge of the Big Tech Stocks

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 that matter. In this week's show: Amazon, Apple, and Facebook all rise on their latest earnings reports; Alphabet 2nd-quarter makes history, but not in a good way; PayPal and Teladoc Health hit all-time highs, while Visa and Mastercard deal with lower payment volumes. Andy Cross, Jason Moser, and Ron Gross analyze those stories, as well as the latest from Starbucks, UPS, Sherwin-Williams, Scotts Miracle-Gro, McDonald’s, and Pinterest. Plus they share three stocks on their radar: CEVA, Kinsale Capital Group, and J M Smucker.

The Share Interview: Coronavirus and Cybercrime

Lockdown is easing, and Britain is starting on the long road to economic recovery – but with a large proportion of Britain’s workforce still working from home, are the current circumstances preventing us from paying enough attention to keeping ourselves protected from cybercrime? In this episode, Vicky Sayers is joined by Cyber Security Expert at UNISYS, JP Cavanna, to explore how we can stay safe online – at home.

This is Money: Is this the end of summer holidays? The pain in Spain and what happens next

After a great deal of fuss about air bridges and people being able to go on summer holiday, things suddenly changed last weekend. A swift about turn saw a 14 day quarantine period imposed for those arriving in the UK from Spain at just six hours’ notice, hitting tens of thousands of holidaymakers who are there already, those with trips booked and leaving Britons hoping for some Spanish sunshine stuck in travel limbo… again. So is this the end of summer holidays for 2020? Are holidays to Spain off the cards for some time, and can you go to France, Italy, Greece or anywhere else safe in the knowledge you can come home and not have to take an extra fortnight off work? On this week’s podcast Georgie Frost – in Spain and facing a 14 day quarantine if she can get back – is joined by Simon Lambert and Grace Gausden to talk holidays, travel insurance, refunds, air bridges and whether even a staycation is safe. Plus, as savings rates take another tumble should you lock your money away for five years at 1.1 per cent just to protect against further falls? And finally, is buy-to-let back? A stamp duty cut, low rates and a weaker property market has got property investors interested again but are they saving money now just to lose it in future?

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.


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.

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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