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Bengt Saelensminde

Bengt graduated from Reading University in 1994 and followed up with a master's degree in business economics.

He started stock market investing at the age of 13, and this eventually led to a job in the City of London in 1995. He started on a bond desk at Cantor Fitzgerald and ended up running a desk at stockbroker's Cazenove.

Bengt left the City in 2000 to start up his own import and beauty products business which he still runs today.

Bengt also writes our free email, The Right Side, an aid for free-thinkers on how to make money across financial markets. 

My favourite way to buy silver
Commodities

My favourite way to buy silver

Unlike gold, you have to pay VAT on the silver you buy. But there is a way to still get a fantastic bargain, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he reveals…
21 Apr 2020
How to build your own bond portfolio
Investment strategy

How to build your own bond portfolio

Investing in bonds usually means piling into a managed bond fund. But as Bengt Saelensminde explains, that makes little sense in today's markets.
5 Feb 2016
Five reasons why Brexit would be good for the UK economy
Economy

Five reasons why Brexit would be good for the UK economy

The 'In' campaign likes to use the economy to make its case, says Bengt Saelensminde. But here are five economic reasons for why Britain should leave …
26 Oct 2015
The VW scandal is bad news for Tesla – but great news for electric cars
Stockmarkets

The VW scandal is bad news for Tesla – but great news for electric cars

The VW diesel emissions scandal could accelerate the switch to electric cars. But it could be VW itself rather than the likes of Tesla that stand to g…
16 Oct 2015
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It’s time to abolish business rates
Economy

It’s time to abolish business rates

George Osborne's changes to business rates are a step in the right direction, says Bengt Saelensminde. But he should go further and abolish them altog…
9 Oct 2015
What Glencore and buy-to-let landlords have in common
Economy

What Glencore and buy-to-let landlords have in common

Glencore got carried away by the allure of debt – and found itself in a whole pile of trouble. It’s a warning buy-to-let landlords would do well to he…
1 Oct 2015
Grandstanding politicians are to blame for the VW scandal
Stocks and shares

Grandstanding politicians are to blame for the VW scandal

The corporate profit motive isn't to blame for the Volkswagen emissions scandal, says Bengt Saelensminde. It's politicians and their implausible polic…
26 Sep 2015
Elon Musk: The Bond villain planning world domination
Economy

Elon Musk: The Bond villain planning world domination

Electric car entrepreneur Elon Musk is plotting great things from his lair. Smart investors should get behind him, says Bengt Saelensminde.
21 Sep 2015
Supermarkets aren’t to blame for suppliers’ woes – the smartest ones are thriving
Economy

Supermarkets aren’t to blame for suppliers’ woes – the smartest ones are thriving

Supermarket suppliers would have you believe the retailers are driving them out of business. But they've nobody to blame but themselves, says Bengt Sa…
25 Jul 2015
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Why are so many of our politicians tempted to act like dictators?
Economy

Why are so many of our politicians tempted to act like dictators?

Politicians have an uncanny habit of 'going dictator' on us, doing what they decide is best for the people, no matter what the people think. Bengt Sae…
18 Jul 2015
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Osborne is right to target buy-to-let: it only makes Britain’s housing woes worse
Property

Osborne is right to target buy-to-let: it only makes Britain’s housing woes worse

Tax relief on buy-to-let rental income has skewed the housing market, says Bengt Saelensminde. George Osborne was right to tackle it in his summer Bud…
11 Jul 2015
They’re going about it the wrong way – but Greece should vote to leave the euro
Economy

They’re going about it the wrong way – but Greece should vote to leave the euro

Leaving the euro is exactly what Greece needs – but this is an awful way of going about it, says Bengt Saelensminde. It will leave the country bankrup…
4 Jul 2015
What does Brexit have to do with Ferrero buying Thorntons? Plenty
Economy

What does Brexit have to do with Ferrero buying Thorntons? Plenty

On the face of it, Ferrero buying Thornton's might look odd. But it's a very cunning tactical move by the Italian confectionary giant, says Bengt Sael…
25 Jun 2015
How to invest in lithium – the fuel of the future
Commodities

How to invest in lithium – the fuel of the future

A new battery technology, based on lithium, is being born which could fuel big changes in mobile phones and cars. Here's how to invest.
15 Jun 2015
George Osborne is right – the national debt is a moral issue
Economy

George Osborne is right – the national debt is a moral issue

George Osborne's decree that the nation's budget should balance makes perfect sense, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here's why it matters.
11 Jun 2015
My European buy-to-let nightmare
Economy

My European buy-to-let nightmare

Buy that holiday cottage you love so much, and rent it out as a money spinner. What a lovely idea! But before you sign, get real. Bengt Saelensminde o…
21 May 2015
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If the tech boom runs out of steam, this is the investment you’ll want to hold
Gold

If the tech boom runs out of steam, this is the investment you’ll want to hold

Tech stocks have been booming for some time now. But when that boom ends, says Bengt Saelensminde, you want to be holding gold.
11 Mar 2015
Why the oil crash will make you richer
Economy

Why the oil crash will make you richer

The deflation caused by the oil crash could lead to another round of money-printing, funnelling more money into the asset markets – and investors' poc…
19 Dec 2014
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Can’t make sense of the gold price? Here’s why
Features

Can’t make sense of the gold price? Here’s why

What's behind some of the odd moves in the gold market? Bengt Saelensminde points the finger at central banks, and outlines three reasons why gold cou…
5 Dec 2014
Four reasons to fear ballooning government debt
Economy

Four reasons to fear ballooning government debt

When the financial markets wake up to the real state of Western governments’ finances, it won't be pretty. Bengt Saelensminde explains why, and how to…
29 Sep 2014
The press just lied to you about inflation
Features

The press just lied to you about inflation

Britain’s inflation figures are massaged to keep us from knowing what’s really going on, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he explains why, and what it m…
22 May 2013
My asset allocation for 2013
Features

My asset allocation for 2013

Asset allocation is one of the most important things to get right when investing, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he looks at the asset classes he is i…
24 Dec 2012
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Save with bonds, not banks
Investment strategy

Save with bonds, not banks

Savers are turning away from banks. And no wonder. But if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably safe to stash some cash and still get a return, corp…
30 Nov 2012
Is now the time for stocks?
Investment strategy

Is now the time for stocks?

There's a powerful, hidden force at work that has sent stock prices tumbling. But at some point, the tide will turn, says Bengt Saelensminde. So be pr…
12 Oct 2012
Have bond investors gone completely crazy?
Bonds

Have bond investors gone completely crazy?

Government bond yields have fallen to crazy levels. In some cases they are practically zero. Yet investors keep buying them. Bengt Saelensminde invest…
10 Oct 2012
Why I’ve just shorted the market
Spread betting

Why I’ve just shorted the market

Autumn is usually a tough season for investors. But with Spain on the verge of meltdown, this October promises to be especially bad, says Bengt Saelen…
8 Oct 2012
Why I look to the secondhand market for the best deals
Bonds

Why I look to the secondhand market for the best deals

The City money men are flooding the corporate bond market with poor-value products, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he gives four reasons why you'll ne…
1 Oct 2012
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A nice ride on rising oil prices
Funds

A nice ride on rising oil prices

The price of oil is going in one direction only, says Bengt Saelensminde - up. Here, he gives ten reasons why, and explains how to play a rising oil p…
7 Sep 2012
Don’t get burned by the promise of profits
Investment strategy

Don’t get burned by the promise of profits

What may look like a sure-fire money spinner can easily turn into an investment disaster - unless you know what to look out for. Bengt Saelensminde ex…
16 Jul 2012
Inside the tortured mind of the investment banker
Investment strategy

Inside the tortured mind of the investment banker

Investment bankers are still up to their old tricks. And they're sowing the seeds for the next financial crisis, says Bengt Saelensminde - right befor…
13 Jul 2012
The best time to act on a trading tip
Investment strategy

The best time to act on a trading tip

The trouble with share tipping is that once the market smells demand, it can send the share price soaring. So bide your time, says Bengt Saelensminde …
29 Jun 2012
Are we heading back to the gold standard?
Economy

Are we heading back to the gold standard?

Pretty soon, wealthier countries like Germany are going to demand security for their loans, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here’s why that's good news for y…
27 Jun 2012
These guys are far worse than Jimmy Carr
Tax

These guys are far worse than Jimmy Carr

The furore surrounding dodgy tax avoidance schemes has taught us one very important lesson, says Bengt Saelensminde - you can't always rely on the pro…
25 Jun 2012
How to make 16.9% a year from the Co-op
Bonds

How to make 16.9% a year from the Co-op

Bengt Saelensminde explains some basics about retail bonds and how they differ from shares, and picks a tantalising bond from the Co-op that should gi…
22 Jun 2012
The top four things I look for in a stock
Share tips

The top four things I look for in a stock

When it comes to buying shares, I look for stocks that meet my four risk-management objectives, says Bengt Saelensminde. And this stock still ticks al…
18 Jun 2012
Who else is looking for a new way to invest?
Bonds

Who else is looking for a new way to invest?

Obsessed with equities, many investors don't stop to consider buying bonds. That's a shame, says Bengt Saelensminde - there are bonds to suit all type…
15 Jun 2012
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