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Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London's Queen Mary College, before working for The Scotsman in Edinburgh, where he became deputy editor of the paper's website, scotsman.com. Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, and writes on alternative finance and fintech.

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The charts that matter: inflation gives markets a scare
Global Economy

The charts that matter: inflation gives markets a scare

Markets took fright this week as it looked like inflation was picking up in the US. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global …
15 May 2021
The charts that matter: Amazon hits a bump in the road
Global Economy

The charts that matter: Amazon hits a bump in the road

Amazon shares slid back this week despite results surprising to the upside. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 May 2021
The charts that matter: copper hits a ten-year high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: copper hits a ten-year high

The price of copper has surged to its highest since the summer of 2011. Here’s what happened to the other charts that matter most to the global econom…
1 May 2021
The charts that matter: another big bitcoin crash
Global Economy

The charts that matter: another big bitcoin crash

Bitcoin suffered another of its big corrections this week. Here's how that's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
24 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: the dollar extends its fall
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the dollar extends its fall

The US dollar took quite the tumble this week. Here’s how the charts that matter most to the global economy reacted.
17 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: gold up; dollar down
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold up; dollar down

Gold rallied a little this week, while the US dollar drifted. Here’s how the charts that matter most to the global economy reacted.
10 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: the US dollar flexes its muscles
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the US dollar flexes its muscles

The US dollar continued to strengthen this week. Here’s how the charts that reflect what matters most to the global economy reacted.
3 Apr 2021
The charts that matter: commodity prices pause for breath
Global Economy

The charts that matter: commodity prices pause for breath

Commodity prices took a breather this week. Here’s how the charts that reflect what matters most to the global economy reacted.
27 Mar 2021
2019 Restless River: a world-class pinot from South Africa
Wine

2019 Restless River: a world-class pinot from South Africa

Do all you can to taste this vitally important wine, says Matthew Jukes.
26 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: the Fed puts the cat right in among investors’ pigeons
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the Fed puts the cat right in among investors’ pigeons

With the US Federal Reserve signalling its relaxed attitude to inflation, markets went a little haywire towards the end of this week. Here’s what happ…
20 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: tech stocks bounce as Biden throws cash around
Global Economy

The charts that matter: tech stocks bounce as Biden throws cash around

In a week when US politicians approved $1.9trn in stimulus spending and tech stocks paused their selloff, we look at what’s happened to the charts tha…
13 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: tech-stock sell off gathers pace
Global Economy

The charts that matter: tech-stock sell off gathers pace

US stocks, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index in particular, took a big tumble this week. We look at how that’s affected the charts that matter most to t…
6 Mar 2021
Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget
Budget

Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget

Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget, with measures to extend coronavirus support, get the economy back on its feet, and some first steps in paying f…
3 Mar 2021
The charts that matter: rising bond yields send markets into a tizz
Global Economy

The charts that matter: rising bond yields send markets into a tizz

Markets suffered a chaotic week as bond yields continued to climb. We look at how the week’s events have affected the charts that matter most to the g…
27 Feb 2021
24 February 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announce their engagement
This day in history

24 February 1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announce their engagement

On this day in 1981, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer made their engagement official in front of the world's press at Buckingham Palace.
24 Feb 2021
22 February 1974: riots break out at the “Patty Hearst ransom” food handouts
This day in history

22 February 1974: riots break out at the “Patty Hearst ransom” food handouts

On this day in 1974, people rioted at food distribution centres in San Francisco, set up as part of a ransom payment for kidnapped heiress Patty Hears…
22 Feb 2021
The charts that matter: bond investors feel the pain
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond investors feel the pain

In a week when Germany had to start paying to borrow money again, we take a look at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have fared.
20 Feb 2021
17 February 1958: CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – is launched
This day in history

17 February 1958: CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – is launched

On this day in 1958, as the nuclear arms race hotted up, 5,000 people crammed in to Westminster’s Central Hall to witness the launch of CND, the Campa…
17 Feb 2021
11 February 1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison
This day in history

11 February 1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison

On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 26 years, as South Africa began the process of dismantling apartheid.
11 Feb 2021
11 February 1826: England gets its third university
This day in history

11 February 1826: England gets its third university

London University – later University College, London – was founded on this day in 1826, becoming in the process England's third university.
11 Feb 2021
8 February 1971: Nasdaq begins trading
This day in history

8 February 1971: Nasdaq begins trading

On this day in 1971, America’s “National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations” – or Nasdaq exchange – began trading.
8 Feb 2021
Oil had a terrible 2020. This year will be better
Oil

Oil had a terrible 2020. This year will be better

Oil companies are struggling – both BP and Exxon have reported losses after a year in which the oil price briefly went negative. But hang on to your e…
3 Feb 2021
3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued
This day in history

3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued

On this day in 1690, the Massachusetts colony began circulating the first paper money on North America, printed to finance England’s war against Franc…
3 Feb 2021
3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech
This day in history

3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech

Harold Macmillan gave his famous “wind of change” speech on his visit to Africa on this day in 1960, marking a change in Britain's colonial policy.
3 Feb 2021
1 February 1884: the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary is published
This day in history

1 February 1884: the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary is published

On this day in 1884, after five years of hard slog, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. It contained all the words from A…
1 Feb 2021
28 January 1896: The world’s first speeding ticket is issued
Economy

28 January 1896: The world’s first speeding ticket is issued

On this day in 1896, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and so became the first driver in …
28 Jan 2021
27 January 1606: the trial of Guy Fawkes begins
This day in history

27 January 1606: the trial of Guy Fawkes begins

On this day in 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators began, accused of high treason by trying to blow up the king and parliament.
27 Jan 2021
25 January 1947: the world’s first video game is patented
This day in history

25 January 1947: the world’s first video game is patented

On this day in 1947, Thomas T Goldsmith and Estle Ray Mann submitted a patent application for their “Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device” – the world's …
25 Jan 2021
21 January 1976: Concorde’s first commercial flight
This day in history

21 January 1976: Concorde’s first commercial flight

Almost seven years after its maiden flight, and at a total cost of £1.3bn, Concorde finally entered commercial service on this day in 1976.
21 Jan 2021
19 January 1986: the world’s first PC virus infection
This day in history

19 January 1986: the world’s first PC virus infection

On this day in 1986, the first IBM personal computer was infected with the “Brain” virus, spread on floppy disks.
19 Jan 2021
15 January 1892: the rules of basketball are published
This day in history

15 January 1892: the rules of basketball are published

Canadian PE instructor Dr James Naismith, working at a YMCA training school, published the 13 rules of basketball on this day in 1892.
15 Jan 2021
14 January 2005: Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon, Titan
This day in history

14 January 2005: Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon, Titan

On this day in 2005, the ESA’s Huygens probe landed on the frozen surface of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.
14 Jan 2021
13 January 1942: Henry Ford patents his plastic car
This day in history

13 January 1942: Henry Ford patents his plastic car

On this day in 1948, Henry Ford was granted a patent for his method of making cars with plastic bodywork.
13 Jan 2021
12 January 1895: the National Trust is founded
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12 January 1895: the National Trust is founded

On this day in 1895, the National Trust was founded to “set aside the best and most beautiful parts of Britain for the public and posterity”.
12 Jan 2021
8 January 1835: US national debt hits $0
This day in history

8 January 1835: US national debt hits $0

By selling land, collecting taxes and cutting public spending, the US national debt was brought down to $0 for the first and only time in the country’…
8 Jan 2021
8 January 1940: food rationing is introduced in Britain
This day in history

8 January 1940: food rationing is introduced in Britain

On this day in 1940, the Ministry of Food introduced rationing in the UK to ensure there was enough food to go round during the war.
8 Jan 2021