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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".) 
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
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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?
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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
Stock split
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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
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Economic indicators
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Economic indicators

An economic indicator is any statistic that allows us to analyse how the economy is performing or is likely to perform in future.
31 Jul 2020
A beginner's guide to dividends
Income investing

A beginner's guide to dividends

Dividends - company profits paid out to shareholders - are absolutely critical to your returns as an investor. Since 1925, nearly half of the return a…
24 Jul 2020
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.
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
Barbell strategy
Glossary

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
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
ESG investing
Glossary

ESG investing

ESG stands for environmental, social and corporate governance, the areas in which good behaviour is particularly sought.
19 Jun 2020
FAANG stocks
Glossary

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
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
GDP
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GDP

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a measure of the total amount of goods and services produced by a country in a specific period of time, usually a year…
24 May 2020
Bonds
Glossary

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