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Modern monetary theory (MMT)
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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".) 
14 Jul 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".) 
14 Jul 2020
MoneyWeek's financial glossary
Investment strategy

MoneyWeek's financial glossary

All those financial terms you wished you knew but were too embarrassed to ask about.
14 Jul 2020
Barbell strategy
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Barbell strategy

A “barbell… investment strategy means weighting a portfolio towards the two extreme ends of an asset class with nothing in the middle.
8 Jul 2020
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Real exchange rate
Glossary

Real exchange rate

The real exchange rate between two currencies combines the nominal exchange rate with the ratio of the price of goods or services in two different cou…
26 Jun 2020
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FAANG stocks
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FAANG stocks

The acronym FAANG refers to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (Alphabet) – five American companies that have been among the top-performing s…
12 Jun 2020
Technical analysis
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Technical analysis

Technical analysts or 'chartists' attempt to predict future share price (or index) movements by looking at past movements.
5 Jun 2020

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Four ways to test balance-sheet strength
Investment strategy

Four ways to test balance-sheet strength

In these uncertain times, investors keep being told to look for strong balance sheets before buying a stock. Tim Bennett explains what a strong balanc…
3 Jun 2020
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Bonds
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Bonds

A bond is a type of IOU issued by a government, local authority or company to raise money.
19 May 2020
Five danger signs on the balance sheet
Investment strategy

Five danger signs on the balance sheet

In these troubled times, monitoring balance sheets is more important than ever for investors. So what are the warning signs you should watch out for?
13 May 2020
Quantitative investing
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Quantitative investing

Quantitative investing uses sophisticated computer-based mathematical models to identify and carry out trades.
8 May 2020
Quantitative easing (QE)
Glossary

Quantitative easing (QE)

Quantitative easing (QE) involves electronically expanding a central bank's balance sheet.
8 May 2020
My favourite way to buy silver
Commodities

My favourite way to buy silver

Unlike gold, you have to pay VAT on the silver you buy. But there is a way to still get a fantastic bargain, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he reveals…
21 Apr 2020
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Book value
Investment strategy

Book value

Book value is the total value of the net assets of a company attributable to - or owned by - shareholders.
10 Apr 2020
Dividend yield
Investment strategy

Dividend yield

The dividend per share (total dividends paid out divided by total number of shares) expressed as a percentage is referred to as the dividend yield.
3 Apr 2020
How to decide when to sell shares
Investment strategy

How to decide when to sell shares

Investors spend a lot of time thinking about buying shares, says John Stepek. But they should consider their selling strategy too.
2 Apr 2020
Market timing
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Market timing

Market timing refers to any strategy that involves trying to predict future price movements and shifting between different investments to take advanta…
6 Mar 2020
Why investment trusts are the best vehicle for your money
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Why investment trusts are the best vehicle for your money

Max King explains the advantages of investment trusts – sometimes called closed-ended funds – over their open-ended counterparts (or Oeics).
11 Feb 2020
Real estate investment trust (REIT)
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Real estate investment trust (REIT)

A real estate investment trust (Reit) is an investment company that owns and leases out property.
5 Feb 2020
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Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is
Bitcoin

Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is

Dominic Frisby’s simple trading system is based on making as few decisions as possible then sitting tight. And right now, it’s telling you to buy bitc…
5 Feb 2020
A beginner's guide to investing in gold
Gold

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

Gold is the ultimate insurance policy - an essential part of your portfolio. Here's how to invest in it.
26 Jan 2020
A beginner's guide to investment styles
Investment strategy

A beginner's guide to investment styles

Investment styles go in and out of fashion. The key is to pick a style that suits you and stick with it. So what are the main investing styles?
26 Jan 2020