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It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.”

Robert Armstrong

‘Russians spread fake news over Oxford virus vaccine’ was The Times front page headline last Friday. It is indeed fake news, intended to undermine confidence in the Astra Zeneca roll-out which is so vital to restoring our economic – and physical - health.

The Russians are, of course, not alone in manufacturing fake news. The BBC is running a whole series, ‘The Trump Show’, in the run-up to the US presidential election, detailing multiple fake news events over the past four years. The latest example is the grotesque contrast between Mr Trump’s claims for his own near-immortality and the tragic death toll in the United States, now nearly a quarter of a million people.

So please READ ON .. as this week we look at the international statistics for Covid-19, and consider the balance of honesty and incompetence in their reporting.


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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 Talk by the WealthiHer Network: Girl on the rise
As 60% of UK money will be in the hands of women by 2030, it is important to understand the issues that the next generation of women care about – and how this impacts every aspect of their lives. This next gen can encompass girls and women from 13 to 39 (and beyond), and their views can differ widely from their mothers’ and grandmothers’. The younger generations are much more aware of environmental, equality, gender, and diversity issues. This may well impact on how they spend, invest, and consume. They are much more likely to research companies online, placing stock on good customer service and value for money rather than brand loyalty. The brands they interact with also have to have good credentials in terms of how they treat their staff and workers along the supply chain; information for which is sourced through social media, online, or through their offline networks. In this programme Tamara Gillan is joined by A-Level student Emily Astley, and her mother Patricia Astley, Executive Director at Julius Baer. They are both passionate about how the next generation of women will rise, and they share their views on the differences between generations regarding money, changing definitions of success, and purpose.
The Bigger Picture: The Pope and property rights, China's unbelted road & Sweden's military

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University on the Pope's move into the economic field, attacking property rights. He asks whether China's Belt and Road Initiative is anything like as successful as popular Western perception would have it. And he examines why Sweden, despite its peaceful reputation, is increasing military spending by 40%.

The Business of Film: I Am Greta, The Trail of the Chicago Seven & Lynn + Lucy

James Cameron-Wilson looks UK cinema box office, which has declined even further than the previous week's dreadful level. But new films are being released and he was hugely moved by the documentary I Am Greta, which was fortunate to film the Swedish schoolgirl at the start of her protest that was felt around the world. Available at cinemas and on Netflix is the recommended Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago Seven, with the main roles all taken by Brits. And James also reviews favourably the British film Lynn + Lucy.

This is Money: Has the V-shaped recovery turned into a double-dip?

Has the V-shaped recovery been put on hold ?Lockdowns across Britain’s major cities, the tier system and more businesses being forced to close their doors or operate far below usual business levels means the direction of travel has shifted dramatically from the summer’s optimistic reopening of the economy. It's likely that the UK will emerge from recession with growth over this quarter, but is it on track to head straight back into another slump? Coronavirus measures, rules that hobble some sectors and a renewed sense of fear will slam the brakes on – and the effect was great enough to make Rishi Sunak upgrade his support for jobs and businesses again this week. On this week’s podcast, Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert look at how bad this winter will be and whether Britain can battle its way out of the slump thanks to the resilience in parts of the economy that has surprised many this year. One element of the economy that is doing much better than expected is the property market and Rishi’s stamp duty holiday has come under fire for driving up house prices, so is it time to make it permanent, ease the need to rush and encourage people to move more often? Also on this week’s podcast, Georgie and Simon look at the latest temperature check of Britain’s retirement prospects and how hard the pandemic has hit them. And finally, buy a new appliance and it comes with a guarantee but do you really need to fill in that little form or go online to register it? Or is that just a swizz to get your personal details?

Gadgets & Gizmos: Robot judges, smart windows and 4G on the moon

Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin looks at the prediction that, in 50 years, robot judges will be commonplace. He also marvels at smart windows that darken in sunlight and become solar panels, at LG's rollable TV, at Nokia's forthcoming 4G network on the moon, at Quibi closing after just 7 months, at why dim light might make food taste worse and at a kitchen bin that turns organic waste into compost - for a price.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: The big market themes, Reckitt's & IAG

Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at the big themes currently influencing markets, such as China's economy, the UK lockdowns, Brexit and the forthcoming American Presidential election. He examines recent results from Reckitt's, Unilever and IAG and looks ahead to what might be expected from BT, Next, Shell & BP and Lloyds and other banks.

Modern Mindset: “Fire in the belly”

Adam Cox is joined by podcaster and property investor, Pete Lonton. They discuss his approach to investing, and what he's learned from interviewing so many people that have fire in their belly. While many people in life value comfort and convenience, a small percent of the population have a relentless desire to grow and achieve. How and why do these people have fire in the belly? Pete offers some tips and advice for anyone to become more motivated and focussed.

Mini Mindset: Help for the struggling self-employed

Adam Cox is joined by the CEO of Tax Aid, Valerie Boggs, to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on self-employed workers and how some are struggling with the new tax self-assessment processes. They talk through how Tax Aid is helping the most vulnerable members of society when it comes to understanding their tax, and the tax assessment process.

Motley Fool Money: Netflix, Tesla, and the State of the Movie Business
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: Intel falls on a big drop in its data center business; Netflix reports its weakest subscriber growth in 4 years; Tesla reports its 5th consecutive quarter of profitability; Southwest Airlines rises despite reporting its biggest loss ever; Chipotle falls despite a surge in digital sales; Procter & Gamble hits an all-time high; Boston Beer gets a big boost from hard seltzer and Twisted Tea; Coca-Cola reports better-than-expected profits; Quibi calls it quits; And Jack in the Box serves up chicken-scented face masks. Motley Fool analysts Ron Gross and Jason Moser discuss those stories, weigh in on some recent dividend hikes, and share two stocks on their radar: Ameris Bancorp and CRISPR Therapeutics. Plus, corporate governance expert and film critic Nell Minow shares some surprising insights on the state of the movie business.
The Hypnotist: I Am Good Enough Hypnosis

Adam was working with a lady with a conviction that she wasn't good enough. This belief often created a self-fulfilling prophecy where she'd sabotage her own progress so that belief would remain true. Adam uses various techniques and approaches to change the belief so that she did believe in herself and so that she'd want to take 100% responsibility for her life. A very useful session for anyone that believes that they aren't good enough or feel that they are one of life's victims.

Motley Fool Answers: Small Caps, Value, International – Oh, My!

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, the S&P 500 has trounced smaller, cheaper, and non-U.S. stocks over the past several years. Is this just a typical cycle, or will the trend continue? Senior Advisor Bill Mann joins the team to explain what’s happening and what to do.

Mini Mindset: A new kind of office politics

Adam Cox is joined by the co-founder of Mindspace, Yotam Alroy, to discuss how returning to the office has affected the mindset of Brits, looking at the fears and anxieties that may have arisen from this. They explore the benefits of working in an office environment, and what the future of office work may look like post-COVID.

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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