Daily Archives: March 31, 2017

Fewer than four weeks before the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, former prime minister Manuel Valls has provoked outrage in the Socialist party by supporting centrist independent Emmanuel Macron rather than his own party’s candidate, Benoît Hamon. But could an establishment endorsement join Mr Macron’s investment banking past as a vulnerability against attacks from Marine Le Pen? Michael Stothard joins Harriet Agnew to discuss.

 

Social-psychologist Robert Cialdini joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the psychology of influence and the importance of what you do before attempting to persuade someone, which is the subject of his latest book “Pre-suasion”. The two also cover the role of persuasion in politics, specifically the way it has been used by Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

 

The first quarter’s popular bets – strong dollar, weak peso, high yields – did not pan out the way investors expected. But Ugo Lancioni of Neuberger Berman tells Roger Blitz that the next few months promise decent returns in forex despite ongoing worries about political risk