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World's biggest fraudster Bernie Madoff has died – what was his scam?
Bernie Madoff
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World's biggest fraudster Bernie Madoff has died – what was his scam?

Bernie Madoff, perpetrator of the world's biggest Ponzi scheme, has died in prison at the age of 82. Matthew Partridge looks at his massive fraud sche…
14 Apr 2021
MoneyWeek's financial glossary
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MoneyWeek's financial glossary

All those financial terms you wished you knew but were too embarrassed to ask about.
2 Apr 2021
Margin call
Glossary

Margin call

When an investor borrows to bet on markets, they put down a deposit known as “margin”.
2 Apr 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: where to store your bitcoins
Ledger bitcoin wallet
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: where to store your bitcoins

Once you've got hold of some bitcoins, you need somewhere secure to keep them. Dominic Frisby outlines some of the best options, from exchanges to col…
4 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: how to buy bitcoin
Bitcoin ATM
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: how to buy bitcoin

For the novice, buying bitcoin can be a daunting prospect. Here, Dominic Frisby outlines the process from start to finish.
3 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: what is bitcoin?
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: what is bitcoin?

As a completely novel concept for many people, bitcoin can take a little effort to get to grips with. In the first of a short series on the cryptocurr…
1 Mar 2021
Which online broker is best for you?
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Which online broker is best for you?

Investors looking to trade online have a wide choice of brokers offering different services. Here's how to find the broker that best suits your needs.
12 Feb 2021
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How to avoid being ruined by market bubbles
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How to avoid being ruined by market bubbles

It’s not always easy to spot bubbles. And even if you do spot them, they can be hard to resist. Here, John Stepek explains how to overcome your natura…
29 Jan 2021
What you need to know about investing in funds
Funds

What you need to know about investing in funds

One of the most basic investment products is the fund. John Stepek explains the basics of funds, including the difference between active and passive f…
28 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
Resource curse
Glossary

Resource curse

The term “resource curse” refers to the observation that countries with abundant natural resources also tend to be less economically developed than th…
14 Jan 2021
Balance of payments
Glossary

Balance of payments

The balance of payments refers to the accounts that sum up a country's financial position relative to other countries.
8 Jan 2021
Yield-curve control
Glossary

Yield-curve control

Yield-curve control is when a central bank aims to control long-term interest rates by pledging to buy (or sell) as many long-term bonds as needed to …
25 Dec 2020
Intangible assets
Glossary

Intangible assets

An intangible asset is anything that a company owns that isn’t physical.
25 Sep 2020
Modern monetary theory (MMT)
Glossary

Modern monetary theory (MMT)

Modern Monetary theory, or MMT, has become popular on the left, both in the UK and abroad. (Wags say that it stands for "magic money tree".) 
21 Sep 2020
What the simple beauty of technical analysis tells us about the tech stock bubble
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What the simple beauty of technical analysis tells us about the tech stock bubble

The Nasdaq stock index is in an almighty bull market and may well be overvalued. But it could also go much higher. How does an investor decide what to…
1 Sep 2020
A very basic guide to valuing individual companies
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A very basic guide to valuing individual companies

If you’re tempted to pick stocks for yourself, you’ll have to learn how to value companies. Here, John Stepek outlines a very rough guide to the thing…
28 Aug 2020
Price to sales ratio
Glossary

Price to sales ratio

A company's market cap divided by the company's annual sales (or revenue) gives us the price/sales ratio.
28 Aug 2020
What is value investing?
Value investing

What is value investing?

Value investing is probably the purest form of contrarian investing out there, says John Stepek. But what exactly is it, and how do you go about it?
27 Aug 2020
CCI: this indicator can help you decide when to buy and sell silver
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CCI: this indicator can help you decide when to buy and sell silver

CCI - the “commodity channel index” – is a technical indicator that can help traders spot entry and exit points. Dominic Frisby runs it over the silve…
24 Aug 2020
Stock split
Glossary

Stock split

A stock split increases the number of a corporation's issued shares by dividing each existing share.
21 Aug 2020
Two “crosses” to help you decide when to buy and sell the markets
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Two “crosses” to help you decide when to buy and sell the markets

In the latest of Dominic Frisby’s series on technical analysis for traders, he explains how you can use the “golden cross” and the “death cross” to ti…
17 Aug 2020