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Jody Clarke

How I woke Ireland up to the taste of coffee
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How I woke Ireland up to the taste of coffee

In 1998, David McKernan left his job, remortgaged his house, and cashed in his pension to fund his start-up coffee company, Java Republic. Now he's tu…
21 May 2010
Frances Dickens: How I bartered my way to riches
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Frances Dickens: How I bartered my way to riches

Frances Dickens was working at a US barter company when she realised the firm needed to make changes to make profits in the UK. Unable to make her bos…
23 Apr 2010
Phil Cleary: my smart solution to property theft
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Phil Cleary: my smart solution to property theft

Ex-copper Phil Cleary was frustrated by the police's 'one man and his dog' approach to recovering stolen property. So he invented his own tracking sys…
16 Apr 2010
John Griffin: Drive to create a dynasty made me £180m
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John Griffin: Drive to create a dynasty made me £180m

Minicab driver John Griffin lacked ambition until the birth of his two sons. Then he founded his own company, Addison Lee. Now turns over £180m a year…
9 Apr 2010
Guy Schanschieff: I discovered gold in nappies
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Guy Schanschieff: I discovered gold in nappies

Ex-accountant Guy Schanschieff set up a nappy laundry service in 1992. Now his company, Bambino Mio, turns over £3m and has 42 distributors in 60 coun…
2 Apr 2010
Tom Marchant: making a million from the travel-bug
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Tom Marchant: making a million from the travel-bug

Ex-City analyst Tom Marchant started his travel company with £20,000 savings. After honourable mentions in glosssy magazines, the company's now turnin…
26 Mar 2010
Jan Ward: How I made a mint in specialist metals
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Jan Ward: How I made a mint in specialist metals

Jan Ward has always been a risk taker. And it has paid off, as the company she started with £3,000 savings, Corrotherm International, now turns over £…
19 Mar 2010
Mary Ann O'Brien: how I made my fortune from airline chocolates
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Mary Ann O'Brien: how I made my fortune from airline chocolates

Ex-marketing director Mary Ann O'Brien was inspired to begin making chocolates while on holiday in South Africa. She got her first big break supplying…
12 Mar 2010
Nick Day: the MI5 agent who went private
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Nick Day: the MI5 agent who went private

As an MI5 agent, Nick Day wanted a more entrepreneurial careers. So he and a colleague from the CIA set up their own company, Diligence, advising comp…
5 Mar 2010
Paul Luen: How I made millions from a £2,000 punt on shipping
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Paul Luen: How I made millions from a £2,000 punt on shipping

After having their ideas turned down by short-sighted bosses, Paul Luen and his colleages set up their own business. This year, their company is set t…
19 Feb 2010
Expert view: How to play Asia
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Expert view: How to play Asia

Asian specialist Hugh Young of Aberdeen Asset Management tells Jody Clarke how to bet on the Asian consumer.
5 Feb 2010
Funds: The case for timber is solid
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Funds: The case for timber is solid

Average forest plantation prices in Britain have increased 82% in the last five years. And demand for timber looks to be secure. Managed funds are on…
29 Jan 2010
Byron Wien: Think again about Japan
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Byron Wien: Think again about Japan

Jody Clarke talks to Byron Wien about his top ten 'surprises' for 2010, including big comebacks for the dollar and Japan.
22 Jan 2010
Time to get out of student property
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Time to get out of student property

Student numbers were up 12% last year, which meant positive returns for a batch of student accommodation funds. But investors should be wary of joinin…
22 Jan 2010
Give Haiti trade and reform, not aid
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Give Haiti trade and reform, not aid

Aid will not help Haiti in the same way that trade and reform could in the long-run - what it needs is changes that will affect its long-term economic…
22 Jan 2010
An absolute return fund that actually delivers
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An absolute return fund that actually delivers

The term 'absolute return' covers solid funds and howlers alike. But this highly-regarded fund allows investors to get access to experienced hedge-fun…
15 Jan 2010
David Hall: How I netted £6m from fishing
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David Hall: How I netted £6m from fishing

David Hall turned a small specialist fishing magazine into Britain's biggest independent angling and fishing publishing company.
15 Jan 2010
How can slashing fees be unfair to investors?
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How can slashing fees be unfair to investors?

Fidelity's commission-free fund sale may be angering IFAs, but it is a welcome development in the war against commission-based advice.
12 Jan 2010
Albert Edwards: Beware inflation in 2010
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Albert Edwards: Beware inflation in 2010

Jody Clarke talks to Albert Edwards about why he's remained bearish on stocks for the past decade.
8 Jan 2010
A simple – and cheap – new fund
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A simple – and cheap – new fund

This new fund is a simple product that helps investors spread their risk at low cost. And that's goo dto see, says Jody Clarke.
8 Jan 2010
Frederick Forsyth: The slowest way to a million
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Frederick Forsyth: The slowest way to a million

Frederick Forsyth began the 1970s unemployed, broke and homeless. With no prospect of a job, he started work on the novel that was to make him his fir…
8 Jan 2010
Albert Edwards: Beware inflation in 2010
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Albert Edwards: Beware inflation in 2010

Jody Clarke talks to Albert Edwards about why he's remained bearish on stocks for the past decade.
8 Jan 2010
The best and worst funds of the year
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The best and worst funds of the year

Almost 95% of the 1,914 funds available in Britain produced a positive return in 2009. However, some did spectacularly better than others. Jody Clarke…
24 Dec 2009
Kenneth Rogoff: What's next for the crisis
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Kenneth Rogoff: What's next for the crisis

Economist Kenneth Rogoff talks to Jody Clarke about the financial crisis, and what we should prepare for now.
24 Dec 2009
Warren Bennett: From a credit card loan to a £2.2m business
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Warren Bennett: From a credit card loan to a £2.2m business

Warren Bennett co-founded his bespoke tailoring business with money he and his business partner raised on their credit cards. This year, their company…
24 Dec 2009
Alec Reed: How I got lucky and made £60m
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Alec Reed: How I got lucky and made £60m

Alec Reed opened his first employment agency at the age of 26 with just £75 in his pocket. Now his company has revenues of more than £750m a year and …
18 Dec 2009
Barton Biggs: Forget gold, buy stocks
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Barton Biggs: Forget gold, buy stocks

Jody Clarke talks to investment guru Barton Biggs about why he thinks big stocks are the best investment in the markets right now.
18 Dec 2009
Picks-and-shovels play on Falkland oil rush
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Picks-and-shovels play on Falkland oil rush

With up to 60 billion barrels of oil lying off the shores of the Falkland Islands, there's a lot of money to be made if it can be extracted economical…
18 Dec 2009
Mark Pearson: How I made £1m with discount vouchers
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Mark Pearson: How I made £1m with discount vouchers

Fed up with working long hours for little pay as a chef, Mark Pearson set up discount website MyVoucher Codes from his bedroom. It was soon raking in …
11 Dec 2009
Funds: How to convert green into gold
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Funds: How to convert green into gold

Investors have seen clean energy stocks plummet over the past few years. But that hasn't stopped money pouring into the sector, and some funds have pr…
11 Dec 2009
Financial stocks look cheap – but so they should
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Financial stocks look cheap – but so they should

Philip Gibbs, manager of the Jupiter Financial Opportunities Fund, is buying financial stocks. They're cheap, he says. But they're cheap for very good…
9 Dec 2009
Why you should stock up on water companies
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Why you should stock up on water companies

In a bid to boost the economy and repair damage caused by underinvestment, $6.4bn of Obama's stimulus package is earmarked for water projects. That's …
4 Dec 2009
Andrew Smithers: Follow your own hunches
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Andrew Smithers: Follow your own hunches

Jody Clarke talks to investment guru Andrew Smithers about which markets are overvalued, and which look best for the long run.
4 Dec 2009
Holly Tucker: Firms flock to my virtual high-street
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Holly Tucker: Firms flock to my virtual high-street

Holly Tucker isn't too worried about the state of the British high street. Her online department store is seeing sales double each year.
4 Dec 2009
Antoine van Agtmael: Where to trade today
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Antoine van Agtmael: Where to trade today

Emerging markets investment pioneer Antoine van Agtmael talks to Jody Clarke about today's most important markets.
27 Nov 2009
How to avoid paying trail commission
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How to avoid paying trail commission

'Trail commission' - a regular payment made to your adviser by a fund manager - encourages that adviser to hold onto any fund you buy through them. Ma…
27 Nov 2009