I wish I knew what passive investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
What is passive investing?
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I wish I knew what passive investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Passive investing is when you buy a fund that aims to track the performance of a particular index. Here's how it works.
8 Jun 2021
I wish I knew what a commodity supercycle was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask: what is commodity supercycle?
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I wish I knew what a commodity supercycle was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

A commodity supercycle may sound complicated, but it is a simply a prolonged period of rising prices for raw materials. Here is what it is and how it …
31 May 2021
I wish I knew what gearing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask: what is gearing?
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I wish I knew what gearing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Gearing might sound complicated, but it is a simple concept that is very important in investing. Here’s what it is and how it works.
25 May 2021
I wish I knew what pound-cost averaging was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Pound cost averaging
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I wish I knew what pound-cost averaging was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

“Pound-cost averaging” might sound complicated, but it simply means investing into the market at regular intervals. Here's how it works.
18 May 2021
I wish I knew what hyperinflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
What is hyperinflation?
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I wish I knew what hyperinflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Mention hyperinflation and many of us will think of wheelbarrows full of cash in Weimar Germany. Or, more recently, Zimbabwe or Venezuela. But what ex…
11 May 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a Ponzi scheme?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a Ponzi scheme?

Probably the best-known type of financial fraud is the Ponzi scheme. Here’s how it works.
27 Apr 2021
I wish I knew what dogecoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what dogecoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

In the first four months of 2021, the value of cryptocurrency dogecoin shot up by around 9,000%. But what is dogecoin and why has it gone up so much?
20 Apr 2021
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Too embarrassed to ask: what’s the difference between producer price inflation and consumer price inflation?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what’s the difference between producer price inflation and consumer price inflation?

Two of the most important indicators for the economy are “producer price inflation” and “consumer price inflation”. But what are they and what do they…
13 Apr 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is an ETF?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is an ETF?

Many investors use ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, as part of a passive investment strategy. But what exactly is an ETF?
1 Apr 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a margin call?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a margin call?

If you borrow money to invest and it all goes wrong, you could face a “margin call” from your creditors. But what exactly does that mean?
30 Mar 2021
To embarrassed to ask: what are voting rights?
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To embarrassed to ask: what are voting rights?

When you buy shares in a company, they entitle you to a proportion of the profits via dividends. As well as that they usually – but not always – come …
23 Mar 2021
I wish I knew what a 60/40 portfolio was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a 60/40 portfolio was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

If you’ve ever spoken to a financial adviser or read an investment magazine, you may have heard the term “60/40 portfolio”. But what exactly is a 60/…
16 Mar 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what’s the difference between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what’s the difference between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of pension schemes – defined contributions and defined benefits. But what's the difference between them?
9 Mar 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is 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…
2 Mar 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is technical analysis?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is technical analysis?

Some investors don’t rely on a market or company’s fundamentals when assessing whether to buy or sell. They use “technical analysis” or “charting” ins…
23 Feb 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is the difference between monetary policy 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…
16 Feb 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a hedge fund?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is a hedge fund?

Hedge funds are often portrayed as shadowy institutions pulling the strings of the financial markets. But in reality, they are just like any other inv…
9 Feb 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is the CAPE ratio?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is the CAPE ratio?

Investors often use the price/earnings ratio to judge a stocks value. But that can be a flawed metric. Which is where the cyclically-adjusted price/ea…
2 Feb 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is short selling?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is short selling?

Short sellers are often accused of unfairly driving share prices down to make a quick buck. But short selling is a perfectly legitimate – if risky – t…
26 Jan 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is book value?
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Too embarrassed to ask: what is book value?

A popular way to value a company is to use the price/book ratio, which compares a company’s share price with its book value. But what is book value?
19 Jan 2021
I wish I knew what a SPAC was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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 …
12 Jan 2021
I wish I knew what an investment trust was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what an investment trust was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

“Active” investment funds come in two main varieties, one of which is investment trusts. But what exactly is an investment trust?
5 Jan 2021