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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: more pain for goldbugs
Economy

The charts that matter: more pain for goldbugs

Gold investors saw more disappointment this week as the yellow metal took a tumble. Here’s what’s happened to the charts that matter most to the globa…
18 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: gold and bitcoin both slide
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold and bitcoin both slide

Gold and its modern counterpart, bitcoin, both sold off this week. Here’s what’s happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
11 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk

Markets reacted calmly to the Federal Reserve’s confirmation that it would be reducing its monetary stimulus. Here’s what’s happened to the charts tha…
4 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: “growth scare” grips the markets
Global Economy

The charts that matter: “growth scare” grips the markets

Asset prices fell hard this week as investors reassessed the “reflation trade”. Here’s what’s happened to the charts that matter most to the global ec…
21 Aug 2021
The charts that matter: what happened to reflation?
Economy

The charts that matter: what happened to reflation?

Government bond yields turned down this week, while the US stock market hit new highs, as “reflation” trades wilted under the pressure of concerns ove…
24 Jul 2021
The charts that matter: gold in a positive mood
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold in a positive mood

The gold price perked up significantly this week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
17 Jul 2021
The charts that matter: bond yields plummet again
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields plummet again

Government bond yields around the world took a dive again this week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
10 Jul 2021
The charts that matter: US dollar continues its bull run
Global Economy

The charts that matter: US dollar continues its bull run

The US dollar’s bull run continued this week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
3 Jul 2021
The charts that matter: tech stocks hit new highs
Global Economy

The charts that matter: tech stocks hit new highs

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index hit new highs this week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
26 Jun 2021
The charts that matter: the Fed springs a surprise
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the Fed springs a surprise

As the US Federal Reserve turns hawkish on inflation, we look at how that’s affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
19 Jun 2021
The charts that matter: global bond yields take a dive
Global Economy

The charts that matter: global bond yields take a dive

As government bond yields around the world take a big tumble, we look at the charts that matter most to the global economy.
12 Jun 2021
The charts that matter: gold back on the rise as the dollar continues to slide
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold back on the rise as the dollar continues to slide

Gold has recovered much of this year’s losses, while the US dollar continues to weaken. Here’s what happened this week in the charts that matter most …
29 May 2021
28 May 1937: the Volkswagen car company is formed
This day in history

28 May 1937: the Volkswagen car company is formed

On this day in 1937, Volkswagen, now the world's second-biggest vehicle-maker, was founded as the 'Society to Prepare the German People’s Car'.
28 May 2021
The charts that matter: a calamitous week for bitcoin hodlers
Global Economy

The charts that matter: a calamitous week for bitcoin hodlers

Cryptocurrency bitcoin took a mighty tumble this week, while wider markets sold off too. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the gl…
22 May 2021
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