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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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5 August 1976: Big Ben breaks down for the first time in 117 years
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5 August 1976: Big Ben breaks down for the first time in 117 years

The Great Westminster Clock, AKA Big Ben, ran smoothly for over 100 years until, on this day in 1976, metal fatigue took its toll and the clock broke …
5 Aug 2020
4 August 1704: Gibraltar is captured by the “Grand Alliance”
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4 August 1704: Gibraltar is captured by the “Grand Alliance”

On this day in 1704 Gibraltar was taken in the name of “Charles III of Spain” by English and Dutch forces as part of the 'War of the Spanish Successio…
4 Aug 2020
3 August 1792: Richard Arkwright, ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’, dies
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3 August 1792: Richard Arkwright, ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’, dies

Richard Arkwright, barber turned textiles magnate, died on this day in 1792, having revolutionised the manufacture of cloth in England.
3 Aug 2020
31 July 1703: Daniel Defoe pilloried for seditious libel
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31 July 1703: Daniel Defoe pilloried for seditious libel

On this day in 1703, journalist, novelist and English spy Daniel Defoe was sentenced to three days in the pillory for writing a satirical pamphlet.
31 Jul 2020
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29 July 1948: opening ceremony of the 1948 London Olympics
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29 July 1948: opening ceremony of the 1948 London Olympics

Dubbed the 'Austerity Games', the XIV Olympiad opened in London to 85,000 spectators on this day in 1948.
29 Jul 2020
29 July 1588: England defeats the Spanish Armada
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29 July 1588: England defeats the Spanish Armada

On this day in 1588 the English navy and a favourable wind defeated the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines, with the Spanish ships fleeing nor…
29 Jul 2020
27 July 1694: the Bank of England is created by Royal Charter
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27 July 1694: the Bank of England is created by Royal Charter

In return for a loan of £1.2m to rebuild the country's finances, King William III granted a Royal Charter to the Governor and Company of the Bank of E…
27 Jul 2020
23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born
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23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born

Forebear of the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community came into being in 1952 following the Treaty of Paris.
23 Jul 2020
22 July 1977: Deng Xiaoping takes power in China
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22 July 1977: Deng Xiaoping takes power in China

After the death of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping returned to power on this day in 1977 to lead China in to a new age of reform and prosperity.
22 Jul 2020
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21 July 1969: the first human to walk on the moon
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21 July 1969: the first human to walk on the moon

At 2:56 AM GMT on this day in 1969, six and a half hours after landing the ‘Eagle’ lunar module, Neil Armstrong took his first small step on the moon’…
21 Jul 2020
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Modern monetary theory (MMT)
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Modern monetary theory (MMT)

Modern monetary theory, or MMT, has become popular on the left, both in the UK and abroad. (Wags say that it stands for "magic money tree".) 
14 Jul 2020
Reach for the stars: how to profit from a new era of space exploration
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Reach for the stars: how to profit from a new era of space exploration

It has been almost 50 years since someone walked on the Moon and Mars seemed just a short hop away. But now the final frontier is back in fashion, s…
9 Jul 2020
The race to defeat the superbugs has just begun
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The race to defeat the superbugs has just begun

Drug-resistant bacteria are far more dangerous than Covid-19. So will we soon see major progress in developing new antibiotics? It will be a long slog…
22 May 2020
Coronavirus: where the world stands now
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Coronavirus: where the world stands now

The coronavirus epidemic continues to sweep the globe, bringing a combination of tight social restrictions and generous fiscal stimulus packages. Here…
17 Mar 2020
How Rishi Sunak's bumper giveaway Budget affects you
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How Rishi Sunak's bumper giveaway Budget affects you

In his first Budget, Rishi Sunak was in a generous mood, pledging billions to counter coronavirus, plus money for business, infrastructure, and educat…
12 Mar 2020
Graphene: the “miracle material” that will change the world
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Graphene: the “miracle material” that will change the world

Graphene is a layer of carbon one atom wide yet stronger than steel. It could ultimately revolutionise a vast array of industries, says Ben Judge.
27 Feb 2020
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Larry Fink: climate change will "reshape finance"
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Larry Fink: climate change will "reshape finance"

Larry Fink, chief executive, BlackRock, believes that changes in the global climate will redefine the way modern markets work.
21 Jan 2020
Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?
China stockmarkets

Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?

China's double-digit growth rates of previous decades are long gone. Will the weakness continue?
17 Jan 2020
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Plaid: Visa’s pricey bet on the future of finance
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Plaid: Visa’s pricey bet on the future of finance

Visa has paid $5.3bn for fintech start-up Plaid, following on from last year’s purchase of cross-border payments company Earthport.
16 Jan 2020
Whatever happened to blockchain?
Alternative finance

Whatever happened to blockchain?

Not long ago investors were getting hyped up about blockchain. Then they dropped it. But they should take another look, says Ben Judge.
2 Jan 2020
Easyjet profits fall as it bids to become the world’s first “zero carbon” airline
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Easyjet profits fall as it bids to become the world’s first “zero carbon” airline

EasyJet reported a fall in profits today, after a “difficult” year, but is hoping to become the first “zero carbon” airline by offsetting its carbon e…
19 Nov 2019
Sellers pull out of the property market ahead of the Christmas election
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Sellers pull out of the property market ahead of the Christmas election

The number of people putting their house on the market has seen its biggest fall for over ten years, as the housing market continues to cool.
18 Nov 2019
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How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality
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How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of aug…
22 Aug 2019
Thomas Cook’s holiday nightmare
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Thomas Cook’s holiday nightmare

High debt, fierce competition and one-off factors have pushed tour operator Thomas Cook to the brink of bankruptcy.
18 Jul 2019
Deutsche Bank beats a retreat
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Deutsche Bank beats a retreat

Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest bank, has presented its latest plan to get out of trouble. But is it all too little too late? Ben Judge reports.
11 Jul 2019
Facial recognition: Big Brother is watching you
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Facial recognition: Big Brother is watching you

Facial recognition technology is no longer dystopian fiction. It’s a rapidly growing technology subsector covering a wide range of applications. Ben J…
4 Jul 2019
Cash in on cannabis as a new industry emerges
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Cash in on cannabis as a new industry emerges

The prohibitionist era is over: countries are rapidly legalising marijuana for medical and recreational use. Ben Judge reviews the latest developments…
16 May 2019
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IF Isas: look beyond stocks and bonds
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IF Isas: look beyond stocks and bonds

You can now put a wide range of alternative investments  in the tax-free wrapper, with the Innovative Finance Isa, (IF Isa). But tread carefully.
15 Mar 2019
Cybercrime: profit from the fight against criminals in your computer
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Cybercrime: profit from the fight against criminals in your computer

Cybercrime has the potential to paralyse countries and commerce, but companies and individuals are only just waking up to the threat. That spells oppo…
14 Mar 2019
Stablecoins: crypto without the rollercoaster
Alternative finance

Stablecoins: crypto without the rollercoaster

Stablecoins aim to counteract cryptocurrencies’ volatility. But if central banks get in on the act, they could finish off cryptocurrencies altogether.
4 Mar 2019
Blockchain’s next step: security tokens
Alternative finance

Blockchain’s next step: security tokens

2019 could be the year the technology behind bitcoin finally realises its potential and goes mainstream in financial markets, says Ben Judge.
25 Jan 2019
P2P car loans for subprime borrowers
Alternative finance

P2P car loans for subprime borrowers

A peer-to-peer platform, Buy2Let Cars, claims investors can get a bumper return from leasing cars to people with less-than-perfect credit histories. 
12 Oct 2018
If you'd invested in: Softcat and UP Global Sourcing
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If you'd invested in: Softcat and UP Global Sourcing

Favourable market conditions have seen Softcat's share price double in 12 months, while Up Global Sourcing has seen its share price slide by over 60%.
5 Oct 2018
Niniette 66: Bugatti’s Bond-worthy superyacht
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Niniette 66: Bugatti’s Bond-worthy superyacht

Supercar-maker Bugatti's limited-edition Niniette 66 yacht is just the ticket for seagoing super-villains.
28 Sep 2018
If you'd invested in: Hargreaves Lansdown and Alfa Financial Software
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If you'd invested in: Hargreaves Lansdown and Alfa Financial Software

Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s biggest investment platform, has seen profits rise, while Alfa Financial Software has suffered two profit warnings and s…
28 Sep 2018
If you'd invested in: Games Workshop and Connect Group
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If you'd invested in: Games Workshop and Connect Group

Nottingham's Games Workshop has doubled its share price in the last year, while that of newspaper distributor and logistics firm Connect Group has slu…
21 Sep 2018
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