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Dr Matthew Partridge

Matthew graduated from the University of Durham in 2004; he then did an MSc, followed by a PhD at the London School of Economics.

He has previously written for a wide range of publications, including the Guardian and the Economist, and also helped to run a newsletter on terrorism. He has spent time at Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and the consultancy Lombard Street Research.

How to invest in the latest developments in hearing technology
Biotech stocks

How to invest in the latest developments in hearing technology

Traditionally dismissed as a relative backwater, this branch of medicine is about to move into the limelight thanks to ageing populations and major br…
19 Feb 2021
19 February 1861: Russia emancipates 23 million serfs
This day in history

19 February 1861: Russia emancipates 23 million serfs

On this day in in 1861, Tsar Alexander II issued a declaration emancipating 23 million Russian serfs from their feudal overlords.
19 Feb 2021
LSE Group fights to stem the tide as share trading moves abroad
UK stockmarkets

LSE Group fights to stem the tide as share trading moves abroad

Some of the City’s share-trading business has moved to the EU and the US. But all is not lost for the London Stock Exchange.
18 Feb 2021
Mitchells & Butlers plans to raise £500m after drinking the bar dry
UK stockmarkets

Mitchells & Butlers plans to raise £500m after drinking the bar dry

Pub group Mitchells & Butlers to raise £500m from a group of business tycoons by selling cut price shares worth £350m and borrowing another £150m.
18 Feb 2021
Trading: short Snowflake, a company with its head in the clouds
Trading

Trading: short Snowflake, a company with its head in the clouds

Cloud-computing company Snowflake is absurdly overvalued and its bubble is starting to burst. Matthew Partridge picks the best way to play it.
15 Feb 2021
13 February 1914: American artists get organised with ASCAP
This day in history

13 February 1914: American artists get organised with ASCAP

On this day in 1914, musicians and writers formed the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) to better enforce their copyrights…
13 Feb 2021
What’s in store for Amazon after Jeff Bezos bows out?
Tech stocks

What’s in store for Amazon after Jeff Bezos bows out?

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, is stepping down after 27 years in charge. What will change at the e-commerce behemoth? Matthew Partridge report…
12 Feb 2021
Tesla buys into bitcoin in a big way
Bitcoin

Tesla buys into bitcoin in a big way

Tesla has spent over $1.5bn on bitcoin, driving the price higher, and says it will accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars.
11 Feb 2021
Great frauds in history: Manfred Schmider, the Sheikh of Karlsruhe
People

Great frauds in history: Manfred Schmider, the Sheikh of Karlsruhe

Manfred Schmider massaged the sales figures at FlowTex, his utility technology company, and used investors’ money to buy villas around the world, a fl…
10 Feb 2021
6 February 1918: (some) British women get the vote
This day in history

6 February 1918: (some) British women get the vote

With the passing of the Fourth Reform Act on this day in 1918, certain British women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote.
6 Feb 2021
Sony A6600: a perfect camera for the “prosumer”
Toys and gadgets

Sony A6600: a perfect camera for the “prosumer”

The Sony A6600 is ideal for the discerning consumer and budget-conscious professional alike, says Matthew Partridge
5 Feb 2021
5 February 1963: Europe toughens its tariff laws
Economy

5 February 1963: Europe toughens its tariff laws

On this day in 1963, the Netherlands lost a landmark dispute in the European Court of Justice, establishing the doctrine of "direct effect", entitling…
5 Feb 2021
Ryanair bets on quick post-Covid recovery in 2021
UK stockmarkets

Ryanair bets on quick post-Covid recovery in 2021

Ryanair, Europe’s biggest no-frills airline, is set for its first loss since 2009, but expects a rapid rebound in 2021. Is it being too optimistic? Ma…
4 Feb 2021
How ASOS became the new king of the high street
Retail stocks

How ASOS became the new king of the high street

Online clothing retailer ASOS has snapped up a swathe of brands from the administrators of Philip Green’s insolvent Arcadia group.
4 Feb 2021
30 January 1933: Adolf Hitler takes power
This day in history

30 January 1933: Adolf Hitler takes power

Adolf Hitler came to power on this day in 1933 following a political gamble that went disastrously wrong.
30 Jan 2021
Game over at GameStop – should you join the short sellers?
Spread betting

Game over at GameStop – should you join the short sellers?

It’s no wonder short-sellers have targeted ailing video-game retailer GameStop, says Matthew Partridge. Perhaps you should too. Here’s how to play it.
29 Jan 2021
Vexing vaccine delays hit drug firms
Biotech stocks

Vexing vaccine delays hit drug firms

AstraZeneca and Pfizer are being attacked by the EU over what it claims are delays in delivering the Covid vaccine.
28 Jan 2021
Debenhams sale heralds a revolution in retail
Retail stocks

Debenhams sale heralds a revolution in retail

Boohoo and ASOS, hitherto considered online upstarts, are now hoovering up ailing high-street brands. Matthew Partridge reports.
28 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: the oil well that gushed fake shares
People

Great frauds in history: the oil well that gushed fake shares

Oil man S.C. Lewis and his henchman Jacob Berman issued unauthorised shares in their Californian oil company, defrauding many of Los Angeles' most pro…
28 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: how Elizabeth Bigley, AKA “Madame DeVere”, spirited away cash
People

Great frauds in history: how Elizabeth Bigley, AKA “Madame DeVere”, spirited away cash

Serial fraudster Elizabeth Bigley AKA, the “psychic” Madame Lydia DeVere, conned people into believing she was the long lost daughter of fabulously we…
28 Jan 2021
23 January 1967: Milton Keynes founded
This day in history

23 January 1967: Milton Keynes founded

The most famous of Britain's garden cities, Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, was founded on this day in 1967.
23 Jan 2021
22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister
This day in history

22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister

Ramsay MacDonald was one of the founder members of the Labour party, which he took to power on this day in 1924.
22 Jan 2021
Lockdown hammers commercial landlord Hammerson
Property

Lockdown hammers commercial landlord Hammerson

Three quarters of the tenants of shopping-centre operator Hammerson have been forced to close during the lockdown.
21 Jan 2021
Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios
Investment strategy

Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios

Christopher Columbus Wilson gave radios away to drum up business in his United Wireless Telegraph Company. The company went bankrupt and Wilson was co…
21 Jan 2021
China touts electric-car maker Nio as the next Tesla
China stockmarkets

China touts electric-car maker Nio as the next Tesla

Shares in electric-car manufacturer Nio have rocketed over the past year. But can it keep motoring and live up to the hype? Matthew Partridge reports
20 Jan 2021
DoorDash won't deliver for investors. Here's how to short it
Trading

DoorDash won't deliver for investors. Here's how to short it

American food-delivery app DoorDash can’t even make money in a pandemic. Matthew Partridge explains the best way to short it.
20 Jan 2021
A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know
Inflation

A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know

One of the most frequently mentioned topics in the news these days is inflation. But what exactly is inflation and how does it affect the economy and …
18 Jan 2021
16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins
This day in history

16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins

Coalition forces led by the US launched an operation to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces on this day in 1991, sending the oil price soaring.
16 Jan 2021
Volatile Christmas trading leaves more of a mess at retailer M&S
UK stockmarkets

Volatile Christmas trading leaves more of a mess at retailer M&S

Last year was grim for retailers, while M&S, the clothing sector’s chronic underperformer, struggled at Christmas too. Matthew Partridge reports.
15 Jan 2021
How to invest in Africa as it takes its place in the post-pandemic sun
Emerging markets

How to invest in Africa as it takes its place in the post-pandemic sun

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement has come into force. Favourable demographics, improving governance and a growing technology sector also b…
14 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax
Investment strategy

Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax

Philip Arnold and his cousin John Slack lured investors into their mining company by claiming to have discovered large deposit of diamonds. There were…
13 Jan 2021
4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society
This day in history

4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society

Rapid economic change in the 19th century didn't benefit everybody. On 4 January 1884, the Fabian Society was established in London to redress the bal…
4 Jan 2021
How my trading tips fared in 2020
Spread betting

How my trading tips fared in 2020

Winning ideas included going long media group ITV and shorting electric-lorry maker Nikola
30 Dec 2020
Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss
People

Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss

Kweku Adoboli's risky trading and his desperate attempts to cover it up wiped £2.7bn off UBS’s market capitalisation.
24 Dec 2020
Cyberpunk 2077: Poland’s Punk project punished
Tech stocks

Cyberpunk 2077: Poland’s Punk project punished

Polish software group CD Projekt’s much-hyped game Cyberpunk 2077 was expected to sell around 30 million copies at $60 each. But Sony pulled it from s…
23 Dec 2020
Frasers Group in the firing line after profit warning
UK stockmarkets

Frasers Group in the firing line after profit warning

Frasers Group, the owner of Sports Direct, is not the only retailer set to suffer now that new Covid restrictions have been introduced. Matthew Partri…
23 Dec 2020