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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.

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Season #2

Shop reopening plans drive stock market rally, future for property funds, Boohoo’s problems, paying less tax and fairer rights for retail investors

May 28, 2020

Join us for a chat about consumer-facing stocks soaring on Government news and a negative report on clothing retailer Boohoo.

This week’s guest is Ryan Hughes from AJ Bell’s investment team who talks to Laura and Dan about problems in the property market and why many fund companies are lining up the next managers for their products.

Find out why we’re all paying less tax and why there is relief for many mortgage borrowers across the country. Anand Sambasivan from PrimaryBid is also on the show to talk about better access for retail investors to discounted share placings.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth


Where to still find dividends, how Evenlode is managing its global income fund portfolio and the biotech stocks delivering 200%+ gains

May 21, 2020

This week’s podcast is an income special. Dan and Laura talk about the sectors still paying dividends in a sea of cuts, what might happen to income funds, and they chat with Ben Peters from Evenlode Global Income Fund about how he is making portfolio changes in a dividend-starved world.

The podcast also discusses how investors have flocked to biotech stocks and why the cost of living is falling in the UK.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance analyst Laura Suter


The future of air travel, claiming refunds for cancelled holidays, impact investing and reviewing your health and life insurance during Covid-19

May 14, 2020

This week’s podcast considers the investment case for airlines and how the industry is to going to get through the global pandemic. The team also discuss the process for getting a refund on flights and holidays that you haven’t been able to take.

The podcast also has two guests: Kay Ingram from LEBC chats about protection planning during the crisis and Simon Chisholm from Resonance talks about investing in companies trying to solve social problems.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth


Wealth tax to pay for coronavirus costs, the role of property in thematic investing, Lifetime ISA changes and why savers have been hit again

May 07, 2020

This week’s podcast asks what a wealth tax would mean for the UK and how it could be implemented. The team give some good news for people with Lifetime ISAs and reveal why Santander’s 123 account has lost its charm.

Tom Walker from Schroders joins the show to explain why data centres are the new beachfront property and Peter Askew from T Bailey chats about whether the coronavirus is going to alter some of the big investment themes.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


The world of small caps, markets bouncing back, companies returning to work, changes to income funds, and free financial help

Apr 30, 2020

This week’s podcast talks about the rally in stocks as investors grow more optimistic. The team talk about housebuilders and retailers opening shop again and how that’s influencing share prices. They also discuss an important change to income funds battling a major freeze on company dividends.

Discover where to get free financial advice as a group of experts offer help during the pandemic. And this week’s guest is fund manager Anna Macdonald from Amati who chats about the small caps she’s been buying and selling.


The slump in the oil price, retail investors locked out of share placings, and how to spread your money around in the current crisis

Apr 23, 2020

This week’s podcast explains why oil prices have been plummeting and whether that is good news for consumers. 

The team discuss the £4 billion fundraising by 80 companies since March and why retail investors aren’t being allowed to join the party.

They also respond to a listener request on the importance of having a diversified portfolio, and talk to Liontrust’s John Husselbee about how multi-asset funds can play a role in this.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


Safe haven funds in a crisis, mortgage holidays, the perils of pension withdrawals and inside AJ Bell’s Covid-19 reaction

Apr 16, 2020

In this episode we look at how Absolute Return funds have performed and how you can tell which will be the stable providers of positive returns. We also look at why there is a peak in pension withdrawals and the things you need to look out for before you take a pension income for the first time.

As the number making use of mortgage holidays during Corona-virus hits 1.2m people we talk about what it really costs, and we’re joined by Andy Bell, chief executive of AJ Bell, to talk about how the company has reacted to Covid-19 and the new charitable fund it has launched.

Presented by AJ Bell analysts Laura Suter and Tom Selby


Shares racing higher, how to prepare your finances for a recession, companies doing good and why people are taking out longer mortgages

Apr 09, 2020

This week’s podcast teaches listeners how to prepare for tougher economic times, such as managing debts and getting better deals on savings and insurance.

The team explain why airlines, oil companies and retailers have seen a massive share price surge and what to expect next.

You can also learn how companies and company bosses are doing their bit to help staff, communities and the NHS.

And finally, don’t miss a chat about the property market and why people are extending their mortgage past retirement age.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter. This week’s guest is David Hollingworth from mortgage broker L&C.


Why banks have got a bad reputation, how fund managers are changing their portfolios to cope with coronavirus, the mortgage market grinds to a halt, and a new wave of scams.

Apr 02, 2020

This week’s podcast gives you the latest insights into how markets are faring, why dividends keep being cancelled, and how fund managers are reshaping portfolios and whether this is good or bad for investors.

Brand Finance’s Declan Ahern joins the show to talk about how banks can try to improve their reputation and the team reveal why the property market is being hit by a lockdown on certain types of mortgage lending. There is also a warning about an elevated number of scams linked to coronavirus relief payments.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


Central banks to the rescue, stocks bounce back, and the key ways to get help with your finances

Mar 26, 2020

This week’s podcast explains the measures taken by central banks and governments to help markets, businesses and individuals. The team discuss why so many stocks are now rising and what to look for when judging the sustainability of the market recovery.

The podcast also runs through all the help from banks and government on repayments for mortgages, credit cards and loans, accessing savings, childcare costs, and paying your council tax and energy bills during the coronavirus crisis.

This week’s guest is Russ Mould, Investment Director at AJ Bell.

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


We’ve found some good news on the markets! Sectors in demand, company bosses buying shares, assessing the damage among funds, and shopping for gin

Mar 19, 2020

It’s not all doom and gloom on the stock market. We’ve found a ray of sunshine with a selection of businesses in demand. Discover all in this week’s podcast.

We look at how funds have performed this year including some that have actually gone up in value. You can also find out why more property funds have been suspended and the latest changes to nation’s shopping basket.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth


Budget special: good news for drinkers, drivers, doctors and children

Mar 12, 2020

This week’s podcast explains the good and bad news in the latest Budget. From pensions and savings to tax allowances, the team cover all the essential points that will impact your personal finances.

Find out about the stocks affected by the Chancellor’s plans including big infrastructure spend, and why higher earners will benefit from big pension changes. The podcast also discusses changes to Junior ISAs, interest rates and sick pay, as well as the surprise absence of changes to inheritance tax in the Budget.

Featuring Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell Analysts Laura Suter and Tom Selby


The FTSE 350 stocks bucking the market sell-off, Budget preview, getting money back for cancelled travel, and paying in cheques with your phone

Mar 05, 2020

This week’s podcast reveals the stocks rising when everything else is down, and the team talk about managing a pension in a market sell-off.

They discuss what to expect from the forthcoming Budget, and they chat about your chances of getting money back if you decide not to travel.

And for those frustrated with queuing up in a bank branch, help could be on the way via your phone.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


Stocks and funds being bought after the market sell-off, how we spend money in retirement, and the investment portfolios of ISA millionaires

Feb 28, 2020

This week’s podcast discusses the big decline in global stock markets and where investors have shifted their money. Guest Rachel Vahey from AJ Bell explains how much people are spending on their lifestyles in retirement and how this information could help define pension saving targets.

The team reveal the stocks and funds held by ISA millionaires and they discuss a potential new name to the UK savings market.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth.


Scottish Mortgage fund manager on Tesla and Amazon, understanding strange stock market behaviour, Virgin Galactic’s soaring shares, and debating a cashless society

Feb 21, 2020

This week’s podcast has an exclusive interview with James Anderson who runs the £9bn Scottish Mortgage investment fund.

The team also chat about bizarre movements in stocks and gold this year, how Generation X is losing out financially, and why living in a cashless society might not be so good. Finally, discover why premium bond holders won’t be jumping for joy.  

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter.


Football, fake tan and finance! It’s a podcast special with Lindsell Train fund manager Nick Train who talks about investing in Manchester United, PZ Cussons and Unilever

Feb 13, 2020

This week’s podcast features an exclusive interview with Nick Train whose Lindsell Train business manages £22 billion of investors’ money.

He talks about various big name stocks, why he recently invested in the owner of St.Tropez, the appeal of backing football clubs, and how investors should think when markets are troubled.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth


The tough job of running a China investment fund, Tesla’s runaway share price, digesting the new-look Just Eat, and millions of pounds in unclaimed pension tax relief.

Feb 06, 2020

This week’s podcast chats about how fund managers are reacting to the coronavirus. The team debate why Tesla’s value has doubled in a month, and they consider the challenges ahead for Just Eat following its takeover by Takeaway.com. You can also hear about the large sums of money many people are failing to claim for their pensions and why diamond prices are on the move.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell Senior Analyst Tom Selby. AJ Bell fund expert Ryan Hughes is this week’s guest.


How pensions and investments have been hit by the coronavirus, Woodford refund time, everything you need to know about infrastructure investments and ISAs versus SIPPs

Jan 31, 2020

This week’s podcast looks at the impact of the major health incident on stocks and commodities. The team also explain why Woodford investors may not be too pleased with their first batch of income fund refunds.

Dan and Laura to talk to Premier Miton fund manager James Smith about everything to do with infrastructure investments. Tom and Dan also chat about the difference between ISAs and SIPPs for people taking an income from their investments in retirement.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth, AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby


The property debate: who had it easier between baby boomers and millennials? Plus Marks & Spencer's huge problem and a top fund manager on the outlook for UK stocks.

Jan 23, 2020

This week’s podcast chats about getting on the housing ladder and the low number of self-employed people with pension savings. The team also consider the big challenges facing Marks & Spencer as a business and they talk to Laura Foll from Janus Henderson about why she thinks 2020 is looking good to own UK companies.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth


Investing in all things vegan, a big change to cash savings accounts and the UK funds that have soared since the general election

Jan 16, 2020

This week’s podcast explores how to invest in vegan-related companies. The team look at proposals to shake up easy access cash interest rates, and they explain why funds that invest in UK smaller companies have shone in the past month.

There is also your usual update on the key movers and shakers on the stock market and the latest topical personal finance news.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter. This week’s guest is Anna Bowes, co-founder of Savings Champion.


Supermarkets’ Christmas battle, big tech trends, financial New Year’s resolutions and a decade of spending habits

Jan 09, 2020

This week we’re talking about the latest events on the stock market including how Morrisons and Sainsbury’s reported on Christmas trading and how Greggs is thriving.

Discover fund managers’ favourite places in the tech space and find out how the podcast team got on with their New Year’s financial resolutions. There is also a chat about how our shopping baskets have changed over the past 10 years.

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


The big money and markets events of the year, why Sports Direct has gone all posh and it’s festive quiz time.

Dec 18, 2019

The team reflect on the big news affecting savers and investors in 2019 including underperforming fund managers, the rise of ESG, divergent paths in tobacco and how billion-dollar unicorns didn’t all gallop ahead.

Find out why the post-general election rally of UK stocks has gone into reverse and enjoy a lively debate about Sports Direct’s efforts to go upmarket.

Finally don’t miss a fantastic quiz about Neil Woodford’s horse habits and the careers of FTSE 100 bosses among many other topics.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter. This week’s guest is Russ Mould, Investment Director at AJ Bell.


How the General Election result affects your money and investments

Dec 13, 2019

Listen to our special podcast on how stock markets reacted to the Conservative election victory and what the political party has planned for personal finances and pensions.

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


The big personal finance changes coming to you in 2020, this year’s hot metal and is value investing back in fashion?

Dec 12, 2019

Discover the latest news on the UK and US stock markets, why palladium’s rally is driving theft of catalytic converters and find out how new rules could impact our wallets next year.

The team also catch up with Investec fund manager Alastair Mundy to learn why he likes banking stocks and for his take on the value investing revival.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


Investing in Coca-Cola, M&G’s fund problem, the changing world of property and giving money for Christmas

Dec 06, 2019

The team chat about the latest events on global stock markets, the challenges facing Coca-Cola and why M&G has suspended dealing in one of its funds.

They also bring in a property expert to explain how commercial landlords are coping with struggling tenants and why there are still bright spots in the property market.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth. This week’s guest is James Woodard, a director at property consultant Hartnell Taylor Cook.


Using a Lifetime ISA to help buy a house, the great fund liquidity debate and clampdown on mini bonds

Nov 29, 2019

This week the team answer your first-time buyer questions and how to get more from Lifetime ISAs. They talk about whether you should be worried about liquidity in investment funds and why you may see fewer adverts for mini bonds. There is also an update on the UK and US stock markets and a look at the key movers and shakers.
 
Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter. This week’s guest is Ryan Hughes from AJ Bell’s investment team.

NHS pension breakthrough, best and worst performing retail shares, Fevertree’s ups and downs, VCT season and the National Lottery’s big birthday

Nov 21, 2019

The podcast explains why doctors are smiling about their pensions, how investors could have made or lost a lot of money on retailers, and why Fevertree’s shares have just experienced a very unusual movement.

The team also explain why venture capital trusts are growing in popularity and they celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery.

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


Investing in gold, betting on stocks, the Singles Day and Black Friday phenomena, and solving money problems with a financial life coach

Nov 14, 2019

Dan and Laura discuss how investors have piled into gold tracker funds, only for the metal price to then drop. They also examine a new high-risk way of seeking turbo-charged returns from certain stocks.

The team chat about the phenomena of Singles Day, Black Friday and other major sales events. And don’t miss an interview with financial life coach Simonne Gnessen about the benefits of talking about money.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


PPI windfalls, the challenges facing McDonald’s and secret savings

Nov 08, 2019

This week Laura and Dan talk about how to use any windfall from PPI compensation claims to boost your savings and investment or reduce your debt. They discuss the sacking of McDonald’s boss and how that might impact the fast food company’s growth plans. And they talk to financial adviser Anna Sofat about how a large number of people don’t tell their partner about their secret savings.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth


How the general election could impact your finances, improving financial education in schools and the US stock market hits new record high

Oct 31, 2019

Don’t miss this bumper podcast where Dan and Tom discuss the potential impact of a Conservative or Labour election victory on your money. Find out what’s driving the US market to a new high and discover the lengths one investor is going to shame a company.

The big debate in this week’s podcast is children’s attitude to money and how schools need to improve financial education. We’re joined by 11-year-old Daisy who gives her thoughts on saving and spending, and Carl Clark from charity MyBnk explains how schools and parents can get more involved in teaching children essential money management skills.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby


How to talk to your partner about money, and pay rises for pensioners

Oct 25, 2019

This week we talk to a counsellor about how to talk to your partner about your finances - without it turning into an argument and why pensioners are getting a pay rise next year. 

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and AJ Bell’s Senior Analyst Tom Selby are joined by Peter Saddington, Counsellor at Relate.


Woodford’s dramatic 24 hours, soaring UK stocks and how people spend their pension money

Oct 16, 2019

Don’t miss Laura and Dan on how fund manager Neil Woodford’s empire has crumbled. They explain what the latest twists mean for investors in his funds and when they might be able to get their money back. They also debate what the future could hold for him.

Discover why we’ve just had a preview for how stocks could behave on a better-than-expected Brexit outcome. And find out how we’re all spending our money in retirement with the result of a fascinating study into pensions.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by AJ Bell Senior Technical Consultant Rachel Vahey


The Greta Thunberg approach to investing, Barclays’ beef with the Post Office and first year joy for Fundsmith’s Smithson

Oct 10, 2019

This week the team debate why everyone is talking about ethical investing opportunities (and why this also falls under the labels of environmental, ESG and sustainability). Discover why Barclays has come under fire for its anti-Post Office plans and check out the secrets of the Fundsmith display cabinet in our visit to meet Smithson’s fund managers.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Chris Foster, an Investment Manager at fund group Liontrust.


How Brexit could impact your investments, attitudes to risk, new twist on fund suspensions and Peloton’s stock market flop

Oct 03, 2019

This week the team look at how different Brexit scenarios could impact stocks and shares. Find out how financial advisers determine someone’s risk appetite and how that relates to spending and investing money.

Discover new proposals which could see an increase in the number of funds being suspended; and find out why Peloton’s shares have pedalled backwards on the stock market.

Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter are joined by Anna Sofat, founder of Addidi Wealth


Thomas Cook collapse, lack of new investment trusts, savings accounts that pay zilch and a cheeky way to make money from Monzo

Sep 26, 2019

Welcome to season 2 of the podcast with a bumper episode on all things money and markets-related.

The team chat about the demise of Thomas Cook and what it means for shareholders and customers. Find out why so few investment trusts have joined the stock market this year; and discover the savings accounts paying you next to nothing.

We also have a great story about an entrepreneurial person cashing in on Monzo’s popularity.

AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Daniel Coatsworth are joined this week by Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director at the Association of Investment Companies.


Coping with debt: a special podcast on how personal finances have been affected by coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020

We take a deeper look into how the pandemic has caused a divide with people’s finances. Some are saving more money and others are taking on more debt.

Dan and Laura debate new data on money habits during lockdown and Clare Sear shares her story about how she managed to get out of a serious debt problem.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth


Why stock markets have rallied, outlook for house prices, investment trusts cutting dividends and getting your will sorted in lockdown

Jun 11, 2020

This week’s podcast discusses the big rebound in share prices since March and what could happen next. The team chat about the UK property market and what the latest figures are telling us. Dan explains why many investment trusts aren’t as reliable as people think for income, and Laura talks to Kay Ingram from adviser firm LEBC about the importance of having a will.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


When to sell your stocks, the fading biotech rally, big news for BooHoo, Domino’s Pizza and Best of the Best, and what negative interest rates mean for you

Jun 18, 2020

This week’s guest is Bertie Thomson from Brown Advisory who talks about how he deals with losing trades and what to think about when it comes to selling investments.

Dan and Laura chat about the latest figures on our everyday living costs and whether you might have to pay to store cash in a savings account.

They also look at the latest stock market movements, chat about the AIM market which celebrates its 25th birthday, and why there is a mixture of good and bad news from clothing retailer Boohoo, takeaway food seller Domino’s Pizza and car competitions group Best of the Best.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


What investors think of pubs, parks and cinemas reopening, the latest twists and turns in the property market, and the income fund manager who has managed to dodge most of the dividend cuts

Jun 25, 2020

Dan and Laura look at the leisure sector and what companies will have to do when they reopen from 4 July. They also discuss how share prices in the sector have fared and what the market has been pricing in.

The latest activity in the property market suggests more people are struggling to get a mortgage. Listen to the podcast for insight into this trend.

Finally, don’t miss this week’s guest, Ian Mortimer from Guinness Asset Management, who explains how he has managed to avoid most of the problems clouding income fund managers.

Presented by Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth and AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter


This year’s winning and losing investments, the art of shareholder activism, boardroom coups, the soaring gold price, cryptocurrencies still in demand, and mortgage approvals nosediving.

Jul 02, 2020

It’s a bumper podcast this week with Laura and Dan bringing all the important news for anyone interested in investing and personal finance.

This episode looks at how markets behaved in the first half of 2020, revealing where in the world investors could have made the most money and the parts which weren’t so good.

Dan talks about chaos returning to Petropavlovsk, Redrow’s Help to Buy plea, the latest on Tesco and Sainsbury’s, Scottish Mortgage’s big move and why gold has hit its highest level since 2011.

This week’s guest interview features Joe Bauernfreund from Asset Value Investors on how to make companies change their ways through activist investing.

The podcast also debates why a large part of the country is obsessed with cryptocurrencies, what we can learn from the latest mortgage approval figures and why some banks are stepping up the fight against fraud.

Presented by AJ Bell’s Personal Finance Analyst Laura Suter and Shares’ Editor Dan Coatsworth