I wish I knew what a tracker fund was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a tracker fund
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a tracker fund was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Instead of trying to beat the market, tracker funds – also known as “passive” funds – try to track its performance. Here's what that means.
9 Nov 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a p/e ratio?
Too embarrassed to ask: what is the P/E ratio
Too embarrassed to ask

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
stock split
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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 dividend yield?
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a dividend yield
Too embarrassed to ask

Too embarrassed to ask: 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.
19 Oct 2021
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a “real return”?
TETA: what is a real return?
Too embarrassed to ask

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
I wish I knew what moral hazard was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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
Too embarrassed to ask

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
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I wish I knew what a marginal tax rate was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a marginal tax rate was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Your marginal tax rate is simply the tax rate you pay on each extra pound of income you earn. Here's how that works.
14 Sep 2021
I wish I knew what stagflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what stagflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Traditionally, economists and central bankers worry about inflation or recession. But there is one thing worse than both: stagflation. Here's what it …
7 Sep 2021
I wish I knew what a drawdown was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a drawdown was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Drawdowns are an unfortunate part of an investor’s life. But what exactly is a drawdown?
31 Aug 2021
I wish I knew what the metaverse was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what the metaverse was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

The term “metaverse” sounds like something out of a science fiction novel (and it is). But what does it actually mean?
24 Aug 2021
I wish I knew what the gold standard was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what the gold standard was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

These days, most currencies are "fiat" currencies backed by the economies of the countries that issue them. But in days gone by currencies were on the…
17 Aug 2021
I wish I knew what tapering was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what tapering was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Tapering is the reduction in quantitative easing provided by a central bank. But how does it work?
11 Aug 2021
I wish I knew what a share buyback was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a share buyback was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

A share buyback means just what it says – a company buys back its own shares. But why? And how does that benefit shareholders?
3 Aug 2021
I wish I knew what an index was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what an index was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

The FTSE 100 is probably the best-known stockmarket index in the UK. But what exactly is an index?
27 Jul 2021
I wish I knew what the lifetime allowance was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what the lifetime allowance was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

If you have been saving into your pension for some time now you may have heard the term "lifetime allowance". Here's what that means.
20 Jul 2021
I wish I knew what EBITDA was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what EBITDA was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

If you read the business pages for any length of time, you’re likely to come across a rather clunky acronym: Ebitda. What does it mean?
13 Jul 2021
I wish I knew what options were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what options were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Rather than buy shares in a company, traders who want to profit from short-term moves in the market often prefer to use financial tools such as option…
6 Jul 2021
I wish I knew what a zombie company was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a zombie company was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

A low interest-rate environment enables companies to reduce their interest payments, but it can also create "zombie companies". But what is a zombie c…
29 Jun 2021
I wish I knew what private equity was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what private equity was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Private equity investors have a mixed reputation – they’re either hands-on “turnaround” experts or rapacious asset strippers. But what exactly is priv…
22 Jun 2021
I wish I knew what a sovereign bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what a sovereign bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Government spending is funded in two ways – taxation and borrowing. When a government borrows money, it issues an IOU called a sovereign bond.
15 Jun 2021
I wish I knew what passive investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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