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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.

Great frauds in history: Billy McFarland – the man behind the Fyre Festival
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Great frauds in history: Billy McFarland – the man behind the Fyre Festival

Around 5,000 people paid Billy McFarland up to $100,000 each to attend the lavish Fyre Festival on a Caribbean island. They arrived to find accommodat…
5 Aug 2020
31 July 1970: the Royal Navy ends daily rum ration
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31 July 1970: the Royal Navy ends daily rum ration

One of the Royal Navy's most popular traditions came to an end on this day in 1970 when the last of the rum ration was doled out.
31 Jul 2020
Goldman Sachs to pay $3.9bn for its role in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal
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Goldman Sachs to pay $3.9bn for its role in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

The investment bank Goldman Sachs has paid $3.9bn to settle an investigation into its role in a scandal involving a state-backed fund. Matthew Partrid…
30 Jul 2020
IAG looking at ways to raise more cash
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IAG looking at ways to raise more cash

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), which owns British Airways, is looking to raise cash – its options include a rights issue or a share …
30 Jul 2020
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Great frauds in history: Joe Nacchio’s insider trading
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Great frauds in history: Joe Nacchio’s insider trading

Joe Nacchio, CEO of telecoms firm Qwest, was convicted of 19 counts of insider trading in 2007 and served four years in prison.
30 Jul 2020
25 July 1959: First hovercraft crosses the English Channel
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25 July 1959: First hovercraft crosses the English Channel

This day in 1959 saw the first hovercraft cross the English Channel. By 1968, regular services were taking passengers and cars across in 35 minutes.
25 Jul 2020
Trading: Short Peloton, the one-trick pony
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Trading: Short Peloton, the one-trick pony

Exercise-bike maker Peloton faces stiff competition and is hugely overpriced, says Matthew Partridge.
24 Jul 2020
Which Covid-19 vaccines look likely to be the best bets?
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Which Covid-19 vaccines look likely to be the best bets?

The race to produce a treatment to prevent Covid-19 has hundreds of entrants. How should investors approach it? Matthew Partridge reports.
24 Jul 2020
24 July 1967: De Gaulle speaks up for Quebec's independence
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24 July 1967: De Gaulle speaks up for Quebec's independence

French president Charles de Gaulle shocked Canada, on this day in 1967, when he declared to a welcoming crowd “Vive le Quebec libre”.
24 Jul 2020
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eBay sells off classified ads business
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eBay sells off classified ads business

Norway’s Adevinta has bought eBay’s classified advertisements business to create the world’s biggest online classifieds group. 
23 Jul 2020
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Great frauds in history: Tino De Angelis’ salad-oil scam
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Great frauds in history: Tino De Angelis’ salad-oil scam

Anthony “Tino” De Angelis decided to corner the market in soybean oil and borrowed large amounts of money secured against the salad oil in his company…
22 Jul 2020
Ocado: lockdown proves lucrative for online grocer
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Ocado: lockdown proves lucrative for online grocer

Online retailer Ocado has declared that it has seen “unprecedented demand” for online grocery shopping in the UK.
16 Jul 2020
SoftBank steadies the ship with asset disposals
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SoftBank steadies the ship with asset disposals

Softbank looked to be in trouble a few months ago. But asset disposals and progress at WeWork have improved the outlook. Matthew Partridge reports
16 Jul 2020
Traders: short this poorly-scoring online tutoring firm
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Traders: short this poorly-scoring online tutoring firm

Even if short-sellers’ suspicions are wrong, GSX Techedu is too expensive
15 Jul 2020
Great frauds in history: Gerard Lee Bevan’s dangerous debts
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Great frauds in history: Gerard Lee Bevan’s dangerous debts

Gerard Lee Bevan bankrupted a stockbroker and an insurer, wiping out shareholders and partners alike.
15 Jul 2020
Uber gobbles up US food-delivery platform Postmates
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Uber gobbles up US food-delivery platform Postmates

Shares in minicab firm Uber jumped by 4% after it acquired food-delivery platform Postmates for $2.65bn.
9 Jul 2020
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Great frauds in history: the bank that cooked the books
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Great frauds in history: the bank that cooked the books

When loans made by the City of Glasgow Bank turned bad, its management falsified the balance sheet, overstated its gold reserves and issued false stat…
6 Jul 2020
A bright future: the best ways to invest in solar energy
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A bright future: the best ways to invest in solar energy

Solar energy was long dismissed as unprofitable and unproven. But it has come of age. It is providing stiff competition to conventional energy sources…
3 Jul 2020
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Intu – the retail landlord laid low by coronavirus
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Intu – the retail landlord laid low by coronavirus

Covid-19 has plunged shopping-centre owner Intu into administration. But this crisis was years in the making. Matthew Partridge reports.
2 Jul 2020
Great frauds in history: Nick Leeson – the man who broke Barings Bank
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Great frauds in history: Nick Leeson – the man who broke Barings Bank

"Rogue trader" Nick Leeson’s losses cost his employer, Barings Bank, an estimated £860m, plunging it into bankruptcy.
1 Jul 2020
Short electric-truck maker Nikola, the Tesla wannabe
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Short electric-truck maker Nikola, the Tesla wannabe

Nikola, the electric-lorry maker, has yet to produce any trucks – and the share price looks ripe for a fall.
29 Jun 2020
What's behind the wipeout at Wirecard?
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What's behind the wipeout at Wirecard?

Wirecard, the German blue-chip technology group that specialised in payment-processing, has collapsed in scandal. Matthew Partridge reports.
25 Jun 2020
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Great frauds in history: Nevin Shapiro’s groceries scam
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Great frauds in history: Nevin Shapiro’s groceries scam

Nevin Shapiro's "grocery diverting" business was in reality nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.
24 Jun 2020
How to play the galloping growth of the gaming sector
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How to play the galloping growth of the gaming sector

Digital games have become so popular that the market is now bigger than both the television-streaming and film industries. Yet years of expansion stil…
23 Jun 2020
Sony and Microsoft resume game console battle
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Sony and Microsoft resume game console battle

Sony is hoping for blockbuster sales of its new PS5 games console and a leg-up in the battle for dominance with Microsoft, which will launch its Xbox …
18 Jun 2020
BP bows to reality as it writes down $17bn of assets
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BP bows to reality as it writes down $17bn of assets

The oil giant has ditched its conspicuously bullish outlook and written down the value of its assets. Will it cut its dividend too? Matthew Partridge …
18 Jun 2020
Great frauds in history: Nicholas Cosmo and the big gambles that turned sour
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Great frauds in history: Nicholas Cosmo and the big gambles that turned sour

Nicholas Cosmo conned 4,000 investors out of a total of $195m.
17 Jun 2020
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Trading: short this sickly looking health insurance broker
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Trading: short this sickly looking health insurance broker

eHealth’s accounting seems too optimistic and regulators are circling, says Matthew Prtridge.
15 Jun 2020
AstraZeneca mulls €240bn mega-merger with Gilead Sciences
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AstraZeneca mulls €240bn mega-merger with Gilead Sciences

Pharma firm AstraZeneca is considering a merger with US peer Gilead Sciences to create a company with a market value of $240bn.
11 Jun 2020
Airlines fight UK quarantine law
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Airlines fight UK quarantine law

British carriers have taken legal action against the new quarantine law for travellers, which could thwart the sector’s recovery.
11 Jun 2020
Get your portfolio on track for the return of the railways
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Get your portfolio on track for the return of the railways

From freight trains to high-speed Maglev technology, the entire rail industry is experiencing a renaissance. Matthew Partridge explains how you can ta…
11 Jun 2020
Great frauds in history: Arthur Nadel’s day-trading scam
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Great frauds in history: Arthur Nadel’s day-trading scam

When failed lawyer Arthur Nadel's hedge fund collapsed, it claimed to have $350m in assets. But it had just $500,000 in the bank.
10 Jun 2020
Trump takes on Twitter
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Trump takes on Twitter

Donald Trump's row with social-media giants is another sign that Big Tech may face a regulatory and political clampdown. Matthew Partridge reports
4 Jun 2020
Is this the end for Ted Baker?
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Is this the end for Ted Baker?

Ted Baker is sinking deeper and deeper into the mire.
4 Jun 2020
Great frauds in history: Jean-Pierre van Rossem's money-making machine
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Great frauds in history: Jean-Pierre van Rossem's money-making machine

Jean-Pierre van Rossem told investors he had a supercomputer able to make money by predicting market movements. He didn't.
3 Jun 2020
Trading: Toast the rebound with Wetherspoon
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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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