What is a tracker fund?
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a tracker fund
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What is a tracker fund?

Instead of trying to beat the market, tracker funds – also known as “passive” funds – try to track its performance. Here's what that means.
23 May 2022
Too embarrassed to ask: what is fiscal drag?
MoneyWeek video still – fiscal drag
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is fiscal drag?

How can politicians raise more tax revenue, without damaging their political popularity too badly? One way is by using “fiscal drag”. Here's what that…
3 May 2022
Too embarrassed to ask: what is the difference between monetary policy and fiscal policy?
TETA still - monetary and fiscal policy
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is the difference between monetary policy and fiscal policy?

Governments and central banks have two main tools for influencing a country's economic growth: monetary policy and fiscal policy. But what are they, w…
20 Apr 2022
I wish I knew what a SPAC was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
TETA - What is a SPAC?
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I wish I knew what a SPAC was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

A financial instrument called a “special purpose acquisition company”, or SPAC for short, is growing increasingly popular in the US stockmarkets. But …
14 Mar 2022
What is an IPO?
What is an IPO?
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What is an IPO?

When a private company decides to sell shares in itself on the stockmarket for the first time, it conducts an “IPO”. Here's what that means.
1 Mar 2022
Too embarrassed to ask: what are “bulls” and “bears”?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what are “bulls” and “bears”?

Two common terms you’ll hear when reading about markets are “bulls” and “bears”. But what do they mean? 
15 Feb 2022
Too embarrassed to ask: what is value investing?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is value investing?

When you start investing, one of the first concepts you’re likely to encounter is “value investing”. But what exactly is it?
8 Feb 2022
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I wish I knew what a bubble was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a bubble was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Even if you don’t pay a lot of attention to markets or investing, you’ve probably heard the term “bubble”. But what exactly is it?
1 Feb 2022
I wish I knew what bitcoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what bitcoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

This week, we explain just what bitcoin is – and why the cryptocurrency is so revolutionary.
25 Jan 2022
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a deficit?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a deficit?

When we talk about government spending and the public finances, we often hear the word ‘deficit’ being used. But what is a deficit, and why does it ma…
11 Jan 2022
I wish I knew what a share was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a share was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

When people talk about investing, they often refer to putting money into “shares”, or buying “stocks and shares”. But what is a share anyway?
4 Jan 2022
I wish I knew what momentum investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what momentum investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Momentum investing – the opposite of the “buy low, sell high” advice – is based on the observation that trends in the stockmarket can continue for lon…
21 Dec 2021
I wish I knew what asset allocation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what asset allocation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Asset allocation is the process of dividing your investments between different asset classes, such as shares, bonds, property, cash and gold. Here's h…
14 Dec 2021
I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

When thinking of investing many people automatically think of the stockmarket. But there is another market – the bond market. So what exactly is a bon…
7 Dec 2021
What is a dividend yield?
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What is a dividend yield?

Learn what a dividend yield is and what it can tell investors about a company in MoneyWeek's latest “too embarrassed to ask” video.
7 Dec 2021
I wish I knew what ESG investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what ESG investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

ESG investing – investing with a focus on environmental, social and governance issues – is the latest incarnation of ethical investing. Here's what it…
30 Nov 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a p/e ratio?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a p/e ratio?

Find out how to use the price/earnings ratio (p/e ratio for short) – a useful starting place for investors looking to value a company.
2 Nov 2021
I wish I knew what a stock split was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a stock split was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Discover what a "stock split" is, and how it expects the share price in this week's “too embarrassed to ask”.
24 Oct 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a “real return”?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a “real return”?

MoneyWeek's latest "too embarrassed to ask” video explains what a real return is and why it's so important for investors.
12 Oct 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a tax wrapper?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a tax wrapper?

From ISAs and Sipps to venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes, MoneyWeek explains what a tax wrapper is and how it can protect your …
5 Oct 2021
I wish I knew what moral hazard was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what moral hazard was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

The term “moral hazard” comes from the insurance industry in the 18th century. But what does it mean today?
28 Sep 2021
I wish I knew what contagion was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what contagion was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Most of us probably know what “contagion” is in a biological sense. But it also crops up in financial markets. Here's what it means.
21 Sep 2021