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UK mortgages: Could we see 6% rates in 2023?
Why have some lenders withdrawn mortgages? Will interest rates hit 6%? What to do if you’re a first-time buyer. Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses why some mortgage deals have been pulled, and why Labour are calling this latest development the 'tip of the iceberg' for the economy. And Sam Richardson, Deputy Editor of Which? shares tips for worried first-time buyers and home-owners. In this episode:Why have Virgin, Skipton Building Society and Halifax withdrawn mortgages?How could interest rates reach 6% next year?Would the government support homeowners who can’t pay their mortgage?Should you look at cheaper properties in prep for interest rate rises?Is overpaying now a good idea?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast
The pound drops, but will it sink or swim?
The biggest drop in the pound since 1971, rumours of hedge funds shorting the currency, and claims Tory MPs are not happy about it. But is it time to worry? The Evening Standard’s Political Editor Nicholas Cecil explains what has happened, and the impact a drop in the pound could have. Plus Matthew Lesh from the Institute of Economic Affairs explains why some good could come from the fall in Sterling. In this episode:The pound’s record drop explainedHow could the Bank of England boost the pound?Unrest among some backbench Conservative MPsCould the drop be a temporary blip?How a crash in the 80s was a turning point for SterlingWhy it’s a case of ‘wait and see’Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast
Bonus content: Formula E's founder Alejandro Agag
Recorded during the 2022 Formula E season How to be a CEO met with the founder, Alejandro Agag.From an idea on the back of a napkin in 2011 to one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the Formula E story is one of risk-taking, set backs and extraordinary success. We speak to its founder Alejandro about: How Formula E's innovating commercial electric vehiclesGigamine and battery recycling How the end of the combustion engine will promote electric racingTo hear the full episode click here.For the best business news, analysis and interviews, go to standard.co.uk/business or pick up the Evening Standard newspaper.
UK Government’s mini-budget explained
Will tax cuts help us get through the winter? Is more borrowing the answer? How effective will the government’s mini-budget be? Should we still be addicted to growth? We speak with Fran Boaite, Executive Director of research and campaign group Positive Money. In this episode:Does trickle-down economics work?Will tax cuts boost the economy as we head into a recession?Why hasn’t the government opted for another windfall tax on energy firms?Do we need to rethink our obsession with GDP growth?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast
‘We may already be in recession’
Brace yourselves, the Bank of England says we may already be in recession. It comes following the announcement of a hike in interest rates - for the 7th consecutive time - to 2.25%. It’s up by half a percentage point and takes borrowing costs to their highest levels since 2008. But, what exactly does this all mean for us? The Evening Standard’s Business Editor, Jonathan Prynn, explains.
Putin: Russia's threats explained
In a speech to the nation, the Russian President said reservists would be called up to fight in Ukraine. He went on to claim that the West has been “engaging in nuclear blackmail’’ and Russia has “lots of weapons to reply”.So, just how concerned should we be about Vladimir Putin’s threats? The Evening Standard’s Home Affairs Editor, Martin Bentham, explains.
Liz Truss gets back to business
Now the official mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II has ended, it’s time for our new Prime Minister to get to work. She’s got a packed week ahead of her; foreign trips, big statements and a fiscal package to set into motion. As Robbie Smith, the Evening Standard’s Comment Editor, explains.
Bonus episode: SliderCuts CEO Mark Maciver
SliderCuts, sometimes known as Mark Maciver, is a globally recognised barber and one of the UK's leading black entrepreneurs. He's cut the hair of international superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Joshua, building up a business from his shop in East London. Listen to the full episode here. In this episode we talk about: How to get financing when banks won't talk to youThe importance of valuing your business properlyWhen to say no to investorsHow to diversify your brandAnd how to deal with rat infestation on launch day For the best business news, interviews and analysis, go to standard.co.uk/business or read the Evening Standard newspaper
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral explained: Our final goodbye
On Thursday 8th September 2022, we lost our Queen. As the Elizabethan era ends and the Carolean period begins, we look at how the nation prepared for this historic day. Experts Robert Hazell, Professor of Government & the Constitution at University College London, and the Evening Standard’s Royal Editor, Robert Jobson, walk us through the protocol, events that followed and ultimately how we said our final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II.