Advertisement
Features

The MoneyWeek Christmas quiz

It’s been a busy year – how much of it passed you by? Test yourself with the MoneyWeek Christmas quiz.

The UK nearly broke up. Russia advanced on Ukraine. The oil price plunged, and the US dollar surged. It's been a busy year how much of it passed you by? Test yourself with theMoneyWeek Christmas quiz. Compiled by Will Martin.

How much?

2. In February, private equity firm BetterCapital sold magazine Reader's Digest for how much?

Advertisement - Article continues below

3. At £45,000 per week, a London apartment became the most expensive rental property in Britain. Where is it located?

4. In December, the world's largest white truffle sold at auction in New York. How much did it fetch?

a) $61,250 b) $105,000 c) $1.2m.

5. Sotheby's broke its in-house auction record in November with a sale that raised $422.1m in total. The biggest single item sold for $101m. What was it?

6. The world's largest initial public offering (IPO) was made in September, and raised more than $25bn. Who made the offering?

7. In October, the International Monetary Fund released figures showing that China had finally managed to do what (at least by certain measures)?

8. In November, Miami Marlins pitcher Giancarlo Stanton signed the most lucrative contract in American sports history. But just how much was the 25-year-old baseball star's deal worth?

a) $180m b) $325m c) $500m.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

9. What kind of car was sold by Bonhams for $34.65m in August, making it the most expensive car of all time?

10. US shopping phenomenon Black Friday (where retailers discount prices heavily ahead of the Christmas shopping season) came to Britain this year. But how much did Asda sell widescreen TVs for on the day?

a) £99 b) £139 c) £169.

11. Estate agent Savills unsurprisingly rated London as the world's most expensive city to live and work in, at an average cost of around £73,000 per year. What was the cheapest city on its list?

People

13. Jack Ma, boss of Alibaba, became China's richest man in September. But what did he do before founding the e-commerce company?

14. In May, a former professional boxer became mayor of a major European capital city. Who is he, and where was he elected?

15. John Lewis managing director Andy Street was forced to apologise after he described which country as "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat"?

Advertisement - Article continues below

16. Which former Yahoo employees sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22bn?

17. Which CEO justified his choice of a grey T-shirt by saying: "I'd feel I'm not doing my job if I spent any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life?"

18. Who was mocked for eating (or failing to eat) a bacon sandwich?

19. In February, which footballer signed a contract for a reported £300,000 per week, making him the world's best-paid player?

20. Which politician hit the headlines after a decidedly awkward encounter with a koala bear?

21. Which major Wall Street executive was treated for throat cancer this year?

22. Which public figure, who has allegedly single-handedly boosted the British economy by up to £240m, found out this year that he is expecting a baby brother who will likely do the same?

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

23. Complete this sequence Miller, Volcker, Greenspan, Bernanke

24. A Vauxhall van, DJ equipment and numerous football shirts were among the items auctioned to raise money by which bankrupt star?

Advertisement - Article continues below

25. Who said: "I'm proud to be gay", thus becoming the first Fortune 500 chief executive to formally acknowledge his homosexuality?

Faces of 2014: match the photo with the quote

723-quiz-faces

1. "I'm not going to pretend everything I did was right."

2. "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.'"

3. "I do the dishes every night other people volunteer but I like the way I do it."

4. "At this point it's worth noting that the economy is not a real thing."

Companies

27. In September, which multinational brewer saw an approach to buy Heineken flatly refused?

28. Which company issued its first ever euro-denominated bond, raising €2.8bn?

29. In May, American telecoms giant AT&T agreed a deal to purchase which company?

30. Which company is expected to earn 36.8bn this year, thanks largely to an Italian plumber and lots of go-karts?

31. Sainsbury's angered customers after accidentally displaying a poster asking staff in one store to do what?

Advertisement - Article continues below

32. Who was involved in the biggest merger of the year (worth $69.8bn)?

33. Which supermarket saw its profits fall by 91.9% in the first half of the year?

34. Joseph Safra and Jose Luis Cutrale joined forces to fight tooth and nail to buy which banana company?

35. Which bank appointed 78 new partners on 12 November?

36. In December, Mike Jeffries, famous for making controversial comments about "fat" people, stepped down as chief executive of which company?

37. Which pharmaceutical and medical-equipment supplier was voted America's happiest company this year?

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

38. With which pop star did music-streaming service Spotify find itself in a high-profile row over the future of the music industry?

39. Which brand of beer did 926 pubs in the UK and Ireland stop serving this year due to a dispute between its brewer and the pub chain JD Wetherspoon?

Markets

41. And what was the worst-performing FTSE 100 stock this year?

Advertisement - Article continues below

42. What was the best-performing equity market in the world? And what was the worst?

43. Which European country finally got rid of its domestic capital controls?

44. Which currency fell to a record low against the dollar?

45. Ethiopia became the poorest country ever to do what this year?

46. The British government did something new in the international debt market this year. What was it?

47. Oil prices (Brent) dropped to $59 per barrel in December, a five-year low but what was its highest price this year?

48. What were the best and worst-performing metals on the commodity market this year?

49. Six banks were fined over their roles in the global forex-fixing scandal, including British banks HSBC and RBS. Who were the other four?

Economics

51. Estimates from the World Bank suggested that what could have cost upwards of $32bn by the end of 2015?

52. Hungary saw mass protests after Prime Minister Viktor Orban tried to introduce a tax on what?

Advertisement - Article continues below

53. In March, the Royal Mint announced the creation of a new 12-sided £1 coin. What reason did it give for doing so?

54. Who won a Nobel Prize "for his analysis of market power and regulation"?

55. On New Year's Day, which country became the 18th nation to formally jointhe eurozone?

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

56. Which American city officially came out of bankruptcy in December?

57. In October, 24 banks failed a Europe-wide "stress test", but which country performed the worst?

58. In which country did the "buckwheat panic" occur, thanks to a shortage of the staple food?

59. Chancellor George Osborne's new "diverted profits tax" is better knownas what?

60. The Scottish independence referendum may have ended with a No vote, but which economic disaster led Scotland to unite with England in 1707 to form Great Britain in the first place?

Answers

How much?

1.The Big Bang Theory.

2. £1. 3. One Hyde Park.

Advertisement - Article continues below

4. $61,250.

5. Alberto Giacometti's sculpture "Chariot".

6. Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

7. Overtaken the US as world's biggest economy (in PPP terms).

8. $325m.

9. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

10. £139.

11. Rio de Janeiro.

People

12. Uber, the rideshare and taxi firm.

13. He was a university lecturer.

14. Former world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko; Kiev.

15. France.

16. Jan Koum and Brian Acton.

17. Mark Zuckerberg.

18. Labour leader Ed Miliband.

19. Wayne Rooney.

20. Vladimir Putin.

21. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

22. Prince George.

23. Yellen. Janet Yellen became chair of the US Federal Reserve Board in February, the first woman to take the post.

24. Former England goalkeeper David James.

25. Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Faces of 2014

A4: Russell Brand.

B3: Bill Gates.

C1: Jose Manuel Barroso.

D2: Canadian PM Stephen Harper.

Companies

26. Tesco.

27. SABMiller.

28. Apple.

29. DirecTV.

30. Nintendo (on sales of Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8).

Advertisement - Article continues below

31. Encourage people to spend an extra 50p when they shop.

32. Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

33. Tesco. 34. Chiquita. 35. Goldman Sachs. 36. Abercrombie & Fitch. 37. Johnson & Johnson. 38. Taylor Swift. 39. Heineken.

Markets

40. Pharmaceutical company Shire (up 60%)

41. Oil explorer Tullow Oil (down 53%).

42. Argentina (up 67%); Greece (down 24%).

43. Cyprus.

44. The Russian rouble.

45. Issue an international sovereign bond.

46. Issue the first sovereign bond denominated in China's currency, the renminbi.

47. Prices peaked at $116 per barrel in June.

48. Nickel (up 19.7%) and copper (down 13.2%).

49. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.

Economics

50. Interest rates.

51. The Ebola virus outbreak.

52. Internet usage.

53. The current version is too easy to forge.

54. French economist Jean Tirole.

55. Latvia.

56. Detroit.

57. Italy, where four major banks were affected.

58. Russia.

59. The "Google" tax.

60. The Darien Scheme, an unsuccessful attempt to establish a colony in Panama.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/519858/how-long-can-the-good-times-roll
Economy

How long can the good times roll?

Despite all the doom and gloom that has dominated our headlines for most of 2019, Britain and most of the rest of the developing world is currently en…
19 Dec 2019
Visit/517688/the-british-equity-market-is-shrinking
Stockmarkets

The British equity market is shrinking

British startups are abandoning public stockmarkets and turning to deep-pocketed Silicon Valley venture capitalists for their investment needs.
8 Nov 2019
Visit/511212/reasons-for-investors-to-be-bearish-but-stick-with-the-stockmarket-bulls
Stockmarkets

There are lots of reasons to be bearish – but you should stick with the bulls

There are plenty of reasons to be gloomy about the stockmarkets. But the trend remains up, says Dominic Frisby. And you don’t want to bet against the …
17 Jul 2019
Visit/510684/good-news-on-jobs-scares-stockmarkets
Economy

Good news on jobs scares US stockmarkets

June brought the best monthly US jobs growth of the year, but stockmarkets were not best pleased.
11 Jul 2019

Most Popular

Visit/economy/global-economy/601420/james-ferguson-the-virus-the-lockdown-and-what-comes-next
Global Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: James Ferguson on the virus, the lockdown, and what comes next

Merryn talks to MoneyWeek regular James Ferguson of Macrostrategy Partnership about what's happened so far with the virus; whether the lockdown was th…
28 May 2020
Visit/economy/uk-economy/601427/covid-bounce-back-loans-and-inflation
UK Economy

What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this

The government will guarantee emergency "bounce back loans" for small businesses hit by Covid-19. Inevitably, many businesses will default. And there'…
1 Jun 2020
Visit/investments/stockmarkets/601423/as-full-lockdown-ends-what-are-the-risks-for-investors
Stockmarkets

As full lockdown ends, what are the risks for investors?

In the UK and elsewhere, people are gradually being let off the leash as the lockdown begins to end. John Stepek looks at what risks remain for invest…
29 May 2020