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We've launched a weekly podcast to help you understand the markets and manage your investment portfolio.

Co-presented by Shares' editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell's personal finance analyst Laura Suter, “AJ Bell Money & Markets” is the easy way to stay up to speed with the investing world.

They are joined by various special guests to debate what’s happening with key issues that drive the markets, as well as money-saving tips.

You can download and subscribe to “AJ Bell Money & Markets” for free by visiting the Apple iTunes Podcast Store, Google Podcasts or Spotify and searching for “AJ Bell”. It's also available on Podbean. Or you can go ahead and listen to each episode below.

Latest podcasts

April 18, 2019

The hidden cost of Brexit, how fund managers hide information, pension charges and leisure sector winners and losers

This week’s podcast talks about the knock-on effects of a distracted Government on various money-related initiatives, and why it is hard to find out exactly what’s in an investment fund’s portfolio. We also talk about the real cost of taking money out of your pension and the latest trends in the leisure sector affecting pubs, restaurants, bowling companies and cinemas.

Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby are joined this week by Freelance Journalist Holly Black.

April 11, 2019

Dwindling brand loyalty, NHS pensions crisis, demand for gold, and bizarre business pairings

This week we look at Saga’s loyalty problem and why pension issues are driving doctors to early retirement. We also discuss the resurgence in gold demand and dive into the world of conglomerates where large companies own businesses that don’t seem to fit well together.

Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter are joined this week by Sam Brodbeck, Deputy Personal Finance Editor at The Telegraph.

April 03, 2019

Stock market performance in the first quarter of 2019, why fraud is being ignored and why Lyft’s stock market debut has reignited the dual-class share debate

This week’s podcast looks at the latest twist in Superdry’s boardroom drama and how stock markets and industry sectors have performed in the first three months of the year. We also discuss why fraud victims are being let down and explain why Lyft’s IPO has angered some people as new investors don’t have the same voting rights as the founders.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst, Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor, Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Steven Frazer, News Editor at Shares.

March 28, 2019

Breaking up the tech giants, the rise of challenger banks, 40 year mortgages and how the new tax year will affect your finances

We explain why Amazon, Google and Facebook are in the firing line, discover whether challenger banks have been a success or not, learn why banks are extending mortgage lengths and find out about the main changes to taxes, pensions and more in the new tax year.
 
Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter are joined this week by Shares’ Senior Reporter Ian Conway.

March 21, 2019

ISA special: nervous investors, understanding Innovative Finance ISAs, growing rates on children’s accounts and a special quiz

This week’s podcast is dedicated to using an ISA. We discuss why many people are holding off from investing at present. Learn about the pros and cons of using the Innovative Finance ISA and why high rates comes with a big warning sign. We also chat about Lifetime ISAs and how much risk you may want to take with children’s savings. Finally, don’t miss this week’s quiz on all things ISA-related.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

We discuss Lifetime ISAs, so please remember that you may miss out on employer contributions if you opt out of a workplace pension to save into Lifetime ISA. It may also affect your future entitlement to mean-tested benefits.

March 14, 2019

Woodford fund goes asset swapping, Norway dumps oil, using shares to benefit charity and looking inside the inflation basket

This week we explain why star fund manager Neil Woodford has been shifting things around, we explain why Norway’s oil investment decisions are part of a broader environment, social and governance trend, learn how to donate shares to charity and discover why we’re shunning envelopes in favour of popcorn (and how that relates to money).

Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter are joined this week by AJ Bell head of active portfolios Ryan Hughes.

March 06, 2019

How to become a millionaire, new excuses for poor corporate earnings and choices for taking tax-free pension cash

This week’s podcast explains how saving as little as £78 a month can make you a millionaire, the comedy excuses that companies give for poor results and whether you should take your tax-free pension cash now or wait until later. There is also a bonus quiz to test your knowledge on state pensions.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

March 01, 2019

How investors behave, a neat way to organise your portfolio and forecasting future returns

This bumper edition of the podcast explains why your inbuilt traits could be damaging your wealth, a simple way to spring clean your portfolio, the outlook for investing in shares and new data that shows what age you reach certain milestones.

Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter are joined this week by AJ Bell Fund Manager Simon Molica.

February 20, 2019

Robots managing your money, university tuition fees and mini bonds

This week’s podcast looks at the rise of automated investment services called robo advice. You can also enjoy a debate on tuition fees and student loans, and discover why there is a big catch with investing in mini bonds.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Chief Executive Andy Bell.

February 14, 2019

Pension fund mismanagement, share buybacks, saving up for university fees and cash machine troubles

It’s a bumper podcast with the team talking about seven-year jail terms for executives who recklessly mismanage pension funds. The podcast also debates the pros and cons of share buybacks and it discusses various savings plans to help pay for university. You can also discover why cash machines are disappearing from parts of the UK.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

February 06, 2019

Investment scams, stocks and funds that are less exposed to market movements, and the importance of manufacturing data.

This week we look at shocking figures on investment scams, investments that are uncorrelated to the market, why you should pay close attention to PMI data, a surprise outcome for a shopping centre sale, and an ice cream money making scheme.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Shares’ Senior Reporter Ian Conway.

January 30, 2019

Behind the scenes of floating AJ Bell on the stock market, what we all spend money on and the safe-haven funds failing to deliver

This week features a guest appearance by AJ Bell’s chief executive Andy Bell on listing his company on the stock market. The podcast also talks about how families spend their money and why a certain type of investment fund has left investors fuming.

Money & Markets is presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth.

January 23, 2019

Activist investors, mortgage prisoners, income risks with utility investments and spotting Amazon price anomalies

It’s a bumper podcast with insight into investors trying to shake up companies, the perils of coming off fixed-rate mortgage deals, troubles with energy companies and a neat way to pounce on Amazon bargains.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Shares’ News Editor Steven Frazer.

January 17, 2019

Brexit impact on stocks and currencies, a dive into property funds and understanding why shares can fall on good news.

We discuss how markets are reacting to the latest twist in the Brexit saga, why the type of property fund matters when looking for real estate investments, and why shares don’t always behave as you expect them to do on news announcements.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Kevin Doran, Managing Director of AJ Bell Investments.

January 10, 2019

How to start investing, financial advice charges, using cash back to boost savings, and personal finance goals for 2019.

We’re back with five points to consider when you first start investing, potential changes to how people pay for advice about transferring pensions, a guide to using cash back sites to earn extra money, and our presenters discuss their new year’s financial resolutions.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

December 19, 2018

New retail sector woes, personal finance outlook, market trends to watch in 2019 and reasons to be optimistic

This week we discuss how high street problems have spread to the online shopping sector, the problems with discounting, forthcoming changes to tax and pension rules, the cost of commuting, corporate debt concerns and five reasons to be positive about 2019.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Investment Director Russ Mould.

December 14, 2018

Markets in 2018, best and worst performing shares and funds, pension dashboards and the 1p savings challenge

Listen to the podcast to discover which stock markets around the world rewarded investors, the stocks and funds sitting at the top and bottom of the charts, why you could soon see all your pensions in a single place, and why you need a shoe box and a handful of pennies to kick-start a fun savings exercise.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

December 06, 2018

Investments yielding more than 5%, Junior ISA trends and different ways to value companies

This week we look at ways investors can get a high yield, the low number of 18-year-olds cashing out their Junior ISAs at maturity, why intangible assets are a hot debate for company valuations, and how a seven-year-old made £17 million.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Shares’ News Editor Steven Frazer.

November 29, 2018

Investors amassing a cash pile, British brands losing their way and cautious fund managers

Discover what’s happening in the markets, learn why Thomas Cook is facing an uphill struggle, find out why many fund managers are sitting on lots of cash, and catch up on the performance of funds designed to protect investors’ money.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell head of active portfolios Ryan Hughes.

November 23, 2018

Housebuilder woes, what to do when a fund manager leaves, and investing in unicorns

Discover why shares in housebuilders have had a terrible year, what’s happening in the markets, what to do when an investment fund changes its manager, and how retail investors are getting better access to private companies.
 
AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell fund manager Simon Molica.

November 15, 2018

Companies stockpiling goods, annuity rate hikes and big pay rises

This week we discuss how companies are preparing for Brexit, what’s moving on the FTSE, why annuity rates are going up, and how the UK is getting its biggest pay rise in 10 years.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby.

November 09, 2018

Rising personal debt, company founders who can’t let go, and profit warnings

Learn about a worrying trend with credit cards, why the former boss of Superdry is back in the news, a look at how the market is punishing companies with disappointing news, and why the Spice Girls may be relevant to investing.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Shares’ News Editor Steven Frazer.

October 31, 2018

Dissecting the Budget and how reporters and PRs cover the main event

Learn how the latest Budget affects you and your money, plus the stock market reaction and behind the scenes of how reporters and publicity departments cover the Chancellor’s big announcement.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell senior analyst Tom Selby.

October 26, 2018

Pricing power, star fund managers, finding lost investments and shopping trends

Discover why certain companies can afford to put up prices, the pressures of being a famous fund manager, how to get your hands on investments you thought were lost forever, and get the latest on how we’re spending money in the shops.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell Fund Manager Simon Molica.

October 24, 2018

Market sell-off, pension cash conundrum and Merlin’s cultural challenge

This week we talk about what goes through investors’ minds when their savings suddenly fall in value, why some people have so much cash in their pensions, how Marcus is shaking up cash savings accounts and how Merlin Entertainment is adapting its business in China.

AJ Bell's Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares' Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined by AJ Bell’s senior analyst Tom Selby for this episode

October 24, 2018

Pocket money, the subscription economy and FTSE 100 CEOs

AJ Bell's Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares' Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined by Shares' news editor Steve to talk about a neat way to help children develop a great savings habit, the rise of the subscription economy, FTSE 100 CEO changes plus how the Budget might include new pension rules.