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As school was coming to an end I thought - hold on, if I'm going to do something crazy this is the perfect time to do it. I have nothing planned - zero responsibilities. I could do whatever I wanted to do.”

Zara Rutherford, round the world pilot

I was preparing to write this commentary on the dangers faced by the unvaccinated as the virus moves into being just a part of normal life, when I caught sight of a remarkable story about 19-year old Zara Rutherford in Saturday's Times. On Tuesday 18th January she completes an astonishing gap-year flight around the world in a single-engine microlight aircraft.

The more you get into the story, the more remarkable it is - she doesn't yet have the qualifications to fly by night, and her aircraft is unable to fly through cloud due to the risk of ice building up on its wings. She landed at the Space X headquarters in California to drop off her CV, mixed with the jumbo jets flying into and out of New York’s JFK airport, and lunched with the Bransons on Necker Island, Her website sets out the details of her journey, and includes full video interviews from Nome, Alaska and Riyadh.

While the rest of us are despairing of politicians, high-profile court cases, and trying to make ends meet as we emerge from the ravages of Covid-19, Zara Rutherford invites us to lift our eyes above the horizon and look for the opportunities that life presents. So please READ ON .. as this week we salute the courage of young people determined to achieve their potential to do extraordinary things.  

 

 

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Several programmes take stock of age and opportunity: e.g. This Is Money, looking at turning 40, and The Hypnotist on how to change narratives to overcome obstacles. Meanwhile The Bigger Picture considers Boris Johnson’s challenges, The Financial Outlook welcomes Victoria Scholar to talk about prospects for markets in the light of soaring US inflation, as does the mid-week Motley Fool, who also give some guidelines for financial planning. There are also two Modern Mindsets on the subject of food and drink (not alcohol – please note, Boris): plus, our regular reviews of gadgets and movies, including a look at the Golden Globe results.

 

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In partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced the audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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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 Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: What will 40-year-high inflation in the US mean for markets?
Victoria Scholar, head of investment at Interactive Investor, talks to Simon Rose about the likely effects of US inflation hitting 7%, a forty-year high. With the labour market there tight, as in the UK, she considers what the Federal Reserve's response is likely to be, given that the problems are caused more by the supply side of the economy, rather than the demand side. And what will this mean for markets and the sort of tech stocks that have been riding so high?
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Motley Fool Money: How to Start a Financial Plan, with Tom Gardner and Amanda Kish

While many wouldn’t go on vacation without a plan, that’s exactly how most people begin their investing journey. Amanda Kish, Financial Planner Specialist, joins Motley Fool co-founder Tom Gardner to discuss how to build a financial plan. In this episode, they cover: - How to understand yourself as an investor. - The key financial planning steps that new parents should take - How often you need to revisit a financial plan - The times you may want professional financial planning advice, and the parts you can do yourself. If you're looking to start a financial plan, we can help. Visit www.fool.com/StarterKit for a free copy of our investing "Starter Kit" and we’ll email it to you.

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 This Is Money: How to get your finances on track at 40: From pensions to property, how to get where you want to be

Turning 40 is a milestone birthday – and perhaps the one that gets people thinking most about where they are at in life. It’s an age that involves a lot of looking back and looking forwards and a fair amount of comparing yourself to where others are at. But what do you need to think about in terms of your finances, from pensions, to property, investing and saving? On this podcast – as a certain Georgie Frost turns 40 – Simon Lambert and her take the opportunity to have a look at the financial side of hitting the big 4-0. It’s not just for those who are 40, it looks at people’s financial life in the decade around this age – and includes plenty of tips relevant to those who are much younger or older. Plus, Simon takes us back in time to what Britain’s economy and finances were like 40 years ago in 1982. How much did a house cost? What did people earn? How high were interest rates? And was it better, worse or incomparable?

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The Hypnotist: Changing the story to remove the obstacle
Stuck in a rut? Is some pre-conceived notion you have about yourself stopping you from achieving something you'd really like to do? Could the obstacle be a lack of will power, self-discipline or something you believe about the way you are? In this episode Adam Cox works through how you might be able to tackle such an obstacle.
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The Bigger Picture: Has Boris's luck run out, Putin's sabre-rattling & mistaken Brexit predictions

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks if Boris ("lucky general") Johnson's luck has finally run out and wonders where the truly big beasts of British politics are these days. He ponders the military dangers of Putin's ineffective and declining economic model. And he cocks a snook at many supposed "experts" whose predications about the effect of Brexit now seem very wide of the mark.

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Motley Fool Money: Inflation, Pizza Excellence, and an Overlooked IPO

Inflation's record rise (highest in 40 years!) gets a shrug from investors. Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Global gets ready to be listed in Hong Kong. Bill Mann analyzes those stories and discusses the technological excellence of Domino's Pizza's business and the potential for its stock. Later in the show Dylan Lewis and Brian Feroldi take a closer look at Semrush Holdings, a search company that went public in March 2021.

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Colour-changing cars, health-monitoring lights & self-cleaning cat litter

Steve Caplin and Simon Rose savour the latest great - and not so great - ideas on display at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, including colour-changing cars, a lightbulb that monitors health, a self-driving tractor, invisible headphones, an autonomous trolley, a camera for identification that attaches to glasses for those with poor eyesight and a self-cleaning cat litter tray that also assesses your moggie's health.

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Business of Film: Liquorice Pizza, The 355, Titane & The Tender Bar

James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, where the new Spiderman film has become the 9th biggest UK grosser. James discusses 'Liquorice Pizza' at #3 ("left me cold"), spy thriller 'The 355' at #7 ("complete mess") and Palme D'Or winner 'Titane' ("extraordinary") at #14. He also recommends Amazon's 'The Tender Bar', directed by George Clooney and looks at the results of The Golden Globes.

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Modern Mindset: Tom Lindley on Cauldron Food Achieving Full Carbon Neutrality

Adam Cox is joined by Head of Cauldron, Tom Lindley, to talk about the carbon neutrality announcement from Cauldron Food, and how this was achieved. They looked at why it is important for the food and drink industry to work towards environmental goals like these and what the new carbon-neutral certification will mean for consumers. https://www.cauldronfoods.co.uk/

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The case for investment trusts

Jonathan Davis, editor of the Investment Trusts Handbook, tells Simon Rose what makes investment trusts special and why investors should consider their merits. He explains the differences to other types of funds, including the premium and discount. He discusses the yields on alternative assets (including renewable energy and even music royalties) and how trusts can continue paying dividends even in bad years. The handbook, from Harriman House, is available in hardbook or free as an ebook (https://tinyurl.com/mt69fc24).

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Modern Mindset: 265 - Paul Matthew on Dry January

Adam Cox is joined by Paul Matthew, conservation biologist, bar owner and founder of Everleaf, to discuss why so many Brits are choosing to take part in Dry January this year. Paul talks about his own journey and how Everleaf came about, in addition to how they aim to help people cut down on their alcohol intake. https://www.everleafdrinks.com/

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Share Drama: A Christmas Carol - the beloved classic, retold!

Scrooge has made the deal of his life with Chinese investors and must now quickly return to London on Christmas Eve to close the deal. On the flight back, during a fitful sleep, Scrooge confronts his past and present and learns the future consequences of his miserly life to find the true meaning of Christmas. Proscenium Online Theatre is super excited to be bringing you a whole new season of audio dramas in 2022. Starting off with 'The Girl in the Yellow Dress', a dark romance by South African playwright Craig Higginson, and 'Plunder', an original Hong Kong based thriller by American playwright Alan Olejniczak. In the meantime - sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the Proscenium Online Theatre’s production of 'A Christmas Carol'.

https://www.prosceniumonlinetheatre.com

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Motley Fool Answers: So Long, and Thanks for All the STOCKS!

It’s the last episode of Answers (but don’t worry, we’re just moving to Motley Fool Money every Tuesday). We’ll reminisce on our biggest lessons learned over the last seven years and answer your questions, some financial, some festive.

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Gavin Oldham Capital Economics UK economy Brexit
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses with Simon Rose the ideas behind Egalitarian Capitalism as espoused by Gavin Oldham OBE, amongst other things the founder of Share Radio. He's keen to see a world with inter-generational rebalancing, where everyone has a disintermediated stake in capitalism (for more, see tinyurl.com/mrhzcb27). Tim also asks if Boris Johnson is still a lucky general or are his days numbered?
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Investor Conferences: Panel Sesson - Sustainable & Social Investing in a Post-Covid World

Join the Sustain:Social panel session on December '21, considering the outlook for investors in the wake of the COP26 in Glasgow. The panel comprises of - Chair: Rodney Hobson Panel: Gervais Williams (Premier Miton Group); Jamie Broderick (Impact Investing Institute); Mohan Gundu (Sustainable Funds Group); Mike Appleby (Liontrust Sustainable Investment team); Gavin Oldham (The Share Foundation / Share Radio).

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The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Reimagining a sustainable future, fit for all

The Talk by the WealthiHer Network every month on Share Radio. Tamara Gillan, founder of WealthiHer, is joined by partners and experts from within the network to explore different aspects of what women should know about business, investing, money and leadership.

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The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge

Food banks are providing a vital role to help people this winter, and the Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 throughout the United Kingdom. In this special episode of The Bigger Picture, their Chief Executive Emma Revie briefs supporters about their progress, and their plans for the future. If you would like to support the extraordinary work undertaken by this charity, please visit https://trusselltrust.org

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   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.
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: the unabridged Budget speech

If you missed Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his speech on 27 October, here's your chance to hear it. Plus, read our commentary on Monday 1 November for Share Radio's perspective, including our assessment of the contrast with the mid-70s, when public borrowing last hit stratospheric levels.

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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.

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 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?
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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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