For stock market investors, there was little of note in last week’s Autumn Statement apart from the announcement of a consultation on allowing fractions of shares to be held in Isas. The government’s aspiration to make further disposals of its 39 per cent holding in NatWest, perhaps including an effort to involve stock market novices with a “Tell Sid”-style marketing campaign, could be harnessed for the public good. My suggestion is that each of our 4,400 state secondary schools should be gifted, say, £5,000 worth of NatWest shares by the government, to be held for the long term.
Claer Barrett talks to Katie Martin, the FT’s markets editor and co-presenter of the Unhedged podcast, Sam Fleming, the FT’s economics editor, and Rafe Uddin, the FT’s UK politics reporter
Next generation of investors can buy into the sentiment even if they don’t want to own shares in UK banks