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Napoleon Bonaparte

Hats off to the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee for awarding this year’s peace prize to two courageous journalists who have not allowed themselves to be cowed into submission. Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa, from Russia and the Philippines respectively, have stood their ground in the face of authoritarian regimes, and the awards are well deserved indeed.

There are many great initiatives which have originated in Norway and, for a country which shares its northern border with Russia, their selection is a sign that they also will not be bullied: although it's interesting to note the political balance they have struck, by choosing a winner from nations representing each end of the political spectrum.

So please READ ON .. as this week we look for these rare checks on authoritarian regimes, another form of excess intermediation, and ask how they can be encouraged.


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The Bigger Picture looks at the UK’s challenged economy, while This Is Money dwells on mortgage rates. Rising yields on government stocks is the focus for the Financial Outlook, and Motley Fool reviews the task of employment recovery in the US: difficult, when there’s been no furlough. The Hypnotist and Modern Mindset look at embracing new tech while disposing of old tech respectively; and we have our regular reviews of gadgets and movies.


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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.
The Bigger Picture: Whither or wither Britain? The UK in the Space Race. Inequality in blue plaques
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks whether Britain is to become a high-wage, high-skill globally-competing nation or become unsustainably mired in debt and stagflation. He discussed the plans for a "Galactic Britain" and wonders what it might mean for the economy. And he looks at a study which shows that only 2% of blue plaques in London commemorate black people.
The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Rising gilt yields (and why it matters) & Tesco

Laith Khalaf, Head of Investment Analysis at A J Bell, discusses the recent sharp rise in gilt yields, explaining why it's happening (rising oil and gas prices and a fear of inflation) and why it is important for everyone, not just those with an interest in fixed interest securities. He also looks at the recent results from Tesco, which pleasantly surprised the market, and explains what the retailer is doing right at a time when when of its competitors has been taken over.

   The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why investing in shares needs a much higher profile on TV and Radio
Lord John Lee has become a champion for people investing in the stock market over recent years: he's written three books on investing, he's a patron of ShareSoc, the society for individual shareholders in the United Kingdom, and he's now challenging Government, broadcasters and regulators to encourage a much higher profile for investing in shares on TV and radio. Gavin Oldham meets with John to discuss the background to his initiative and his proposals for change; and they go on to consider how customer share ownership can be expanded, how to encourage more active participation in shareholder voting, and how to improve financial education.
 This Is Money: From trackers to 10 year fixes - Mortgage war continues to spell record low rates

With inflation on the rise, homeowners nearing the end of their mortgage deal could be tempted to lock in for longer – especially with murmurs of a base rate rise. It comes as rates continue to fall, even on tracker deals. What are the pros and cons on a two, five and even a 10 year fix, and does the flexibility of a tracker mean it could be a worthy option to consider? Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost discuss what those remortgaging and home buyers need to consider when getting a new home loan. And landlords haven't been left behind in the mortgage battle either. There is now a sub-1% buy-to-let mortgage rate – and sticking with the property theme, yet another huge monthly bump for prices. Elsewhere, should you sell old Premium Bonds to buy a new set for 'better luck' and just how much have lockdown savers poured into the NS&I product? Lastly, how about a career change as an… HGV driver? We look at what salaries are on offer and how to train as a lorry driver.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Shatner boldly going, movies in space, leaves on the line & Beethoven's 10th
Share Radio's Technology Editor Steve Caplin admires William Shatner, TV's Captain Kirk, going into space at the age of 90. He discusses competing movies to be made in space, why NASA is firing a rocket at an asteroid 7m miles away, recommends an interactive website for psychological disorders, applauds a method for ridding railway lines of those pesky leaves and tells of Netflix's move into gaming, of AI completing Beethoven's 10th Symphony, Ocado claiming it will have driverless food delivery in two years, Amazon opening an electronics store and why somebody has come up with the idea of a collapsible suitcase.
Business of Film: No Time To Die, Chal Mera Putt 3 & Getting Away With Murder(s)
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, which has erupted on the release of ‘No Time To Die’, soaring 450% on the previous weekend. Taking £26m in just 4 days, NTTD is already the highest grossing film of 2021. Indian movie ‘Chal Mera Putt 3’ debuted at #6 with an impressive £3,500 average on 54 screens but ‘The Green Knight’ with Dev Patel could only manage #12. James gave a strong recommendation to the searing new documentary ‘Getting Away With Murder(s)’, concerning the huge number of Nazi war criminals who lived ordinary lives after the Second World War, 400 of them in the UK alone.
Motley Fool Money: Big Macro, Earnings Season Previews

What does the disappointing September jobs report mean for investors? Which two stocks need a win this earnings season? What trends should investors be watching? Why are Roku and Zoom Video suddenly looking more attractive? And which CEOs are under more scrutiny? Jason Moser and Ron Gross answer those questions and more, analyze the latest with Facebook, Constellation Brands, Pepsi, Levi Strauss, Delta Air Lines, and share two stocks on their radar: Matterport and Voyager Therapeutics.

Motley Fool Answers: Thriving in a Time of Great Resignation

Americans are quitting their jobs at record rates and we discuss how to thrive amidst this existential labour crisis. Bro explains the work to retirement ratio for saving enough and we’ll answer your question about building up cash in a frothy market.

Modern Mindset: Andrew Marchant and Lee Elliot on Mobile Phone Recycling

Adam Cox is joined by Andrew Marchant and Lee Elliot, from Compare & Recycle, to discuss new research which suggests not  enough is being done to recycle used phones and the impact this is having. They talk through how Compare & Recycle recycles phones and why the public should consider buying refurbished rather than brand new.

The Hypnotist: Embracing New Technology
Following in the foosteps of Dr Who, Adam Cox invites those unsure or reluctant to embrace new technology to travel in time: taking an imaginary journey back to the past, but equipped with today's tech. This episode shows how keeping pace with technological developments can provide a real competitive edge in business, and was inspired by an entrepreneur looking to build confidence in his workforce.
The Bigger Picture: A World of Individual Opportunity - the Vision of Egalitarian Capitalism

Imagine a world in which everyone has a stake in the great tech firms that serve them each day, and where dividends are gradually replacing wages to provide regular income for everyone, as work becomes scarcer as a result of automation? Imagine a world where every young person not only has a small inheritance with which to start their adult life, but also the opportunity to build its value by learning life skills? Simon Rose is taking a well-earned break this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you a talk given Gavin Oldham in August to the leading City of London think-tank Z/Yen.

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Sharefound: Good News for 16-18 year-olds in Wales!

On 31 August '21 The Share Foundation hosted a virtual event for young people in Wales, to help them find money that the government put away in a Child Trust Fund for when they reached 18. All young people born in the UK from 1st September 2002 should have one of these accounts, but huge numbers don't know anything about them! With Welsh-speaking help from Jac, this audio podcast of the virtual event tells you all about your good fortune, and invites you to register at https://findCTF.sharefound.org so that Sharefound can help link you with your money. Please share! And if you want to join a virtual event yourself, please visit https://www.sharefound.org/ctf-virtual-events and register for your choice of date: they're taking place each fortnight.

The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Getting work right for women

Women’s roles have been challenged with many women reporting feeling the pandemic has reversed decades of progress on equality. Women have worked more support hours than men and while women make up 47% of the UK’s workforce, they account for 52% of people furloughed and 54% of job losses, a report from the Women’s Budget Group found. This poses the question of whether women are deemed to be less valuable workers than men. However, there have also been positive outcomes as a result of the pandemic – a greater awareness of others and their need for symbiosis between life and work, a realisation that flexibility is possible and dare I say it... more efficient.

 Economist Questions: A ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ Workplace: Tricky Balancing Act?
Research into workplace productivity and management practice is often focused on the links between ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ practices. ‘Good’ covers employee-friendly policies; for instance, those providing opportunities for better Work Life Balance. In contrast, ‘Efficient’ practice includes the use of KPIs, setting clear performance expectations and tackling underperformance where it is identified. In this episode Peter Urwin and Professor Richard Saundry discuss this, drawing on their own understanding as researchers and experiences as line managers. The operational reality is that managers hold a position between the interests of their organisation and those who work for them – how do they balance the (often competing) need to create both efficient and good workplaces?
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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