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17 August 1896: the motor car claims its first life
FR Simms at the wheel of a 4hp Cannstatt-Daimler, Crystal Palace © National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images
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17 August 1896: the motor car claims its first life

The unfortunate Bridget Driscoll of Croydon became the first pedestrian to be run over and killed by a motor car on this day in 1896, as she walked in…
17 Aug 2020
15 August 1971: Nixon ends gold convertibility
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15 August 1971: Nixon ends gold convertibility

On this day in 1971, US President Richard Nixon said America would no longer officially swap dollars for gold, ending 'convertibility' and paving the …
15 Aug 2020
14 August 1980: Gdansk shipyard strike begins
People outside the gates of the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk © AFP via Getty Images
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14 August 1980: Gdansk shipyard strike begins

On this day in 1980, dockworkers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk downed tools, leading to the formation of the Solidarity trade union.
14 Aug 2020
13 August 1915: The ‘Brides in the Bath’ murderer is hanged
'Brides in the Bath' murderer George Joseph Smith with first victim, Beatrice Mundy © Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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13 August 1915: The ‘Brides in the Bath’ murderer is hanged

George Joseph Smith was hanged for the murder of three women, known as the Brides in Bath, on this day in 1915.
13 Aug 2020
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4 August 1916: The United States buys the Danish Virgin Islands
US Secretary of State Robert Lansing hands Constantin Brun a draft for $25,000,000 © Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
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4 August 1916: The United States buys the Danish Virgin Islands

On this day in 1916, the United States bought a group of Caribbean islands from Denmark, renaming them the Virgin Islands of the United States.
4 Aug 2020
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Three stocks set for sustainable success
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Three stocks set for sustainable success

Professional investor Mark Denham of Carmignac highlights three of his favourite stocks that will allow investors to profit from the “renewables megat…
4 Aug 2020
There's still plenty of potential for investors in commercial property
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There's still plenty of potential for investors in commercial property

Jitters over the outlook for the commercial property sector are overdone, says Max King. Investors should consider this Europe-focused real-estate inv…
4 Aug 2020

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4 August 1704: Gibraltar is captured by the “Grand Alliance”
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4 August 1704: Gibraltar is captured by the “Grand Alliance”

On this day in 1704 Gibraltar was taken in the name of “Charles III of Spain” by English and Dutch forces as part of the 'War of the Spanish Successio…
4 Aug 2020
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Semiconductors: invest in the future of technology
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Semiconductors: invest in the future of technology

Semiconductors are a key component of computers. Major growth areas such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things” will underpin future …
3 Aug 2020
Listed companies are dying out, and that could have serious consequences
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Listed companies are dying out, and that could have serious consequences

Private equity is taking over from public stockmarkets as the biggest provider of capital to companies. That’s bad for investors and bad for society a…
3 Aug 2020
What's behind the boardroom barney at Pollen Street investment trust?
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What's behind the boardroom barney at Pollen Street investment trust?

A dispute between the manager and the board has broken out at Pollen Street Secured Lending, an online-lending investment trust.
3 Aug 2020
Reasons for investors to be cheerful
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Reasons for investors to be cheerful

Markets are betting on a V-shaped recovery – and recent data suggests that they may be right.
3 Aug 2020
Will insurers cough up over Covid?
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Will insurers cough up over Covid?

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses should hear in September whether their insurers are legally bound to pay out on business interruption polici…
3 Aug 2020
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Can the recent rally in sterling continue?
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Can the recent rally in sterling continue?

A "double top"  – a very recognisable pattern – is forming in in the US dollar. Dominic Frisby explains what it is, and what it could tell us about st…
3 Aug 2020
How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds
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How investors got burned by Chilango's burrito bonds

As investors in restaurant chain Chilango's burrito bonds face losing all their money, MoneyWeek’s warning to steer clear of mini-bonds proved prescie…
3 Aug 2020
3 August 1792: Richard Arkwright, ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’, dies
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3 August 1792: Richard Arkwright, ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’, dies

Richard Arkwright, barber turned textiles magnate, died on this day in 1792, having revolutionised the manufacture of cloth in England.
3 Aug 2020
Stuart Wheeler : the granddaddy of spread-betting
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Stuart Wheeler : the granddaddy of spread-betting

A lifelong obsession with gambling helped make Stuart Wheeler his fortune. By using that to back the Brexit campaign, he changed the face of British p…
2 Aug 2020
Businesses must be bold if they want to survive
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Businesses must be bold if they want to survive

It’s a difficult time for companies, but battening down the hatches is the wrong approach, says Matthew Lynn.
2 Aug 2020
How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain
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How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain

Russia’s kleptocrats have grown used to laundering their money and reputations in London. The government has promised change, but how serious is it?
1 Aug 2020
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The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 
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The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 

As gold surges past its previous high, John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
1 Aug 2020
1 August 1981: MTV goes on air
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1 August 1981: MTV goes on air

On this day in 1981, MTV went on the air. It was an instant success, gaining two million viewers within less than a year.
1 Aug 2020
Abby Joseph: US markets have no margin for error
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Abby Joseph: US markets have no margin for error

Much of the markets' recent strength is down to the US Federal Reserve using monetary policy to backstop the equity market, says Abby Joseph Cohen, se…
31 Jul 2020