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Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website, scotsman.com, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.

The charts that matter: bond yields and US dollar continue to climb
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields and US dollar continue to climb

The US dollar and government bond yields around the world continued to climb. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global econom…
23 Apr 2022
Bond investors bet on interest-rate rises
Government bonds

Bond investors bet on interest-rate rises

The yield on ten-year US Treasury bonds has risen above 2% for the first time since 2019 as investors bet interest rates will continue to rise.
18 Feb 2022
Model Y: Tesla has nailed it once again
Cars

Model Y: Tesla has nailed it once again

The electric carmaker’s new SUV crossover, the Model Y, sets the benchmark in the sector.
18 Jan 2022
The charts that matter: markets start the year with a crash
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets start the year with a crash

As markets start 2022 with a big selloff, here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 Jan 2022
Myanmar: a coup, a civil war, a crisis and China
Emerging markets

Myanmar: a coup, a civil war, a crisis and China

Myanmar was heading in the right direction after decades of isolation before the army seized control again in February. Now the outlook is increasingl…
24 Dec 2021
The charts that matter: a tough week for bitcoin
Economy

The charts that matter: a tough week for bitcoin

Cryptocurrency bitcoin slid by some 20% this week. Here’s what else happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
11 Dec 2021
Wine of the week: two very fine Bordeaux blends
Wine

Wine of the week: two very fine Bordeaux blends

If you’re looking to keep the cash under control while drinking world-class wines this month, then look no further than these fine Bordeaux blends.
10 Dec 2021
The charts that matter: omicron rattles markets
Global Economy

The charts that matter: omicron rattles markets

Markets were rattled by the emergence of a new strain of Covid-19. Here’s how it has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
4 Dec 2021
The charts that matter: the US dollar keeps on strengthening
Economy

The charts that matter: the US dollar keeps on strengthening

The US dollar saw further rises this week as gold and cryptocurrencies sold off. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the globa…
27 Nov 2021
The charts that matter: gold hangs on to gains while the dollar continues higher
Economy

The charts that matter: gold hangs on to gains while the dollar continues higher

The gold price continued to hang on to last week’s gains, even as the US dollar powered higher this week. Here’s how that has affected the charts that…
20 Nov 2021
The charts that matter: inflation fears give gold a much needed boost
Economy

The charts that matter: inflation fears give gold a much needed boost

US inflation hit its highest in 30 years this week, driving gold and bitcoin to new highs. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to…
13 Nov 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: new highs for bitcoin and ether as Twitter jumps on the crypto-wagon
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: new highs for bitcoin and ether as Twitter jumps on the crypto-wagon

With many cryptocurrencies surging to new highs this week, here are the stories that have caught our eye in the last seven days.
12 Nov 2021
The charts that matter: a tale of two central banks
Economy

The charts that matter: a tale of two central banks

Government bond yields slipped around the world this week. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
6 Nov 2021
The charts that matter: bond yields turn back up and a new bitcoin record
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields turn back up and a new bitcoin record

Bitcoin hit a new all-time high, while government bond yields turned back up. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the global e…
23 Oct 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin hits a new record high
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin hits a new record high

In the week when bitcoin hit a new high, we look at what’s been going on in the world of cryptocurrencies this week.
22 Oct 2021
The charts that matter: bond yields slip while bitcoin tops $60,000
Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields slip while bitcoin tops $60,000

Cryptocurrency bitcoin soared to over $60,000 this week, while government bond yields fell back. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter m…
16 Oct 2021
The charts that matter: Brent, bitcoin and bond yields flying high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: Brent, bitcoin and bond yields flying high

Government bond yields continued to climb, along with bitcoin and the oil price. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the globa…
9 Oct 2021
The charts that matter: bond yields soar
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields soar

Government bond yields around the world spiked higher this week. Here’s how it has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
2 Oct 2021
The charts that matter: China upsets cryptocurrency markets
Global Economy

The charts that matter: China upsets cryptocurrency markets

Bitcoin slid again this week after China declared all cryptocurrency transactions illegal. Here’s what’s happened to the charts that matter most to th…
25 Sep 2021
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