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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.

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Trading: Toast the rebound with Wetherspoon

Wetherspoon, the budget pub chain, is a disciplined and highly profitable operator whose shares now look reasonably priced.
2 Jun 2020
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Escape lockdown in a castle in Durham

When restrictions ease, the historic city will be a perfect spot to stretch your legs, says Matthew Partridge.
29 May 2020
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Facebook: OOO and WFH

Facebook aims to get half of its staff working remotely in the next five to ten years.
28 May 2020
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UK banks and negative interest: money for less than nothing

The upheaval at HSBC has underscored banks’ poor prospects. Negative interest rates won’t make things any easier. Matthew Partridge reports
28 May 2020
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Building a new world: profit from the global post-Covid infrastructure spending spree

The crisis is far from over, but many of the world’s largest economies are already looking to the future, and the odds are that infrastructure spendin…
28 May 2020
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Biotech firm's shares soar on hopes of a Covid-19 vaccine

Shares in biotech firm Moderna have rocketed after an early-stage trial of a drug showed promise. But they could soon return to earth. Matthew Partrid…
21 May 2020
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EasyJet founder Stelios goes to war with the airline's board

The refusal of EasyJet's board to cancel a 107-plane order from Airbus has prompted the airline's founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, to try to remove four…
21 May 2020
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Great frauds in history... Lee B. Farkas’s dodgy mortgages

Lee Bentley Farkas transformed TBW into one of the largest mortgage brokers in the US – his fraud is reckoned to have cost around €3bn.
20 May 2020
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Trading: it’s time for investors to dump Match.com

The dating group is grappling with regulators and looks absurdly expensive.
20 May 2020
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Telecoms titans O2 and Virgin Media tie the knot

O2 and Virgin Media are set to merge and create a new company worth £31bn. What does this mean for the industry? Matthew Partridge reports
14 May 2020
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BlackRock’s top shareholder sells out

PNC Financial, BlackRock’s top shareholder, is to sell its 22% stake in the investment management company.
14 May 2020
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Great frauds in history: the downfall of Ferdinand Ward – the "Napoleon of finance"

Ferdinand Ward launched a Ponzi-style scheme based on fictitious government contracts, bringing down the Marine National Bank.
14 May 2020
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Elon Musk mouths off again

Tesla boss Elon Musk recently tweeted that the electric-car maker’s share price was “too high”. It promptly fell.
7 May 2020
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Investors can no longer be sure of Shell

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, one of the market’s most reliable income providers, has cut its dividend for the first time in over 70 years. Matthew Par…
7 May 2020
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Great frauds in history: OPM Leasing Services

Childhood friends Mordecai Weissman and Myron Goodman siphoned off huge amounts of money from their company to spend on mansions, a private jet and a …
6 May 2020
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Trading: switch over to ITV

Broadcaster ITV is in solid shape and the market slump has left it looking far too cheap.
4 May 2020
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A stark warning from HSBC

HSBC reported a huge fall in profit, and and warned that it expects the global lockdown measures to lead to a run of bankruptcies and defaults.
30 Apr 2020
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Feeding frenzy in takeaway food delivery services

The regulator has just given Takeaway.com’s purchase of Just Eat the green light. The food delivery sector is consolidating rapidly. Matthew Partridge…
30 Apr 2020
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Great frauds in history: Allen Chan of Sino-Forest

Allen Chan fooled many investors by falsifying the accounts of his Canadian-listed Chinese forestry company.
29 Apr 2020
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Tech giants made to pay for using news publishers' content

Australia's government is to make Google and Facebook pay local media organisations for their content.
23 Apr 2020
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Oil sector faces collapse

Should embattled US oil producers be bailed out? And what will happen to Shell and BP’s dividends this year? Matthew Partridge reports.
23 Apr 2020
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Cash injection: join the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine

Covid-19 has renewed interest in preventing the spread of viruses. But the appeal of this rapidly growing sub-sector of the pharmaceuticals market sho…
23 Apr 2020
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Great frauds in history: Ronnie Ewton’s ruinous punt on rates

Ex life-insurance salesman Ronnie Ewton's bet on interest rates cost investors millions and led to the collapse of an American savings bank.
21 Apr 2020
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Buy United Rentals

United Rentals shares are extremely cheap and thecompany should benefit from spending on infrastructure
19 Apr 2020
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Could SoftBank’s clouded vision lead to its demise?

Softbank's technology-investment fund has had a terrible year. Could Masayoshi Son’s empire collapse?
16 Apr 2020
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Centrica: the only way is up

Centrica's share price has fallen by nearly 90% over the past few years. New finance director Chris O’Shea will hope to reverse that.
16 Apr 2020
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Hong Kong investors threaten legal action as UK banks drop their dividends

Regulators have insisted that British banks scrap their dividend payouts. HSBC’s shareholders are particularly cross.
9 Apr 2020
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A £600m state lifeline for easyJet

EasyJet has secured a £600m loan from the Treasury and Bank of England’s emergency coronavirus fund.
9 Apr 2020
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Great frauds in history: Philip Musica AKA "Dr Coster"

On the surface “Dr Coster” appeared to be a successful businessman, but in reality he was skimming money from his medical supplies company.
8 Apr 2020
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Trading: you can be sure of Shell

Oil won’t stay low forever – and Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell looks both lean and cheap.
5 Apr 2020
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Retail landlords are getting squeezed from both sides

The coronavirus lockdown is worsening what is already a prolonged crisis for many commercial landlords.
3 Apr 2020
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US carmakers branch out to combat coronavirus

The industry has been co-opted to help combat Covid-19 by producing ventilators while its core business collapses.
2 Apr 2020
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Great frauds in history: Jack Clark’s nursing homes

Jack Clark invented sales, inflated profits and produced fraudulent accounts at his chain of nursing homes to swindle investors out of hundreds of mil…
31 Mar 2020
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Nikon Z50: an affordable, professional-quality camera

Nikon has expanded its range to appeal to more casual users. Matthew Partridge is impressed.
27 Mar 2020
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What next for Next’s dividend?

Retailer Next has announced that it will be closing all its shops for now. What does that mean for its dividend?
26 Mar 2020
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Will coronavirus cause the airline sector to crash?

The government has ruled out a bailout for the airline industry – for now. US carriers appear to be even more vulnerable to the downturn.
26 Mar 2020
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