Too embarrassed to ask: what is a deficit?
Too embarrassed to ask

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…
3 Nov 2020
I wish I knew what a share was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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?
28 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what momentum investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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…
13 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what asset allocation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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…
6 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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…
29 Sep 2020
I wish I knew what ESG investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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…
23 Sep 2020
I wish I knew what a stock split was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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”.
16 Sep 2020
I wish I knew what an emerging market was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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

This week's “too embarrassed to ask” explains what emerging markets are, and why you might want to invest in them.
9 Sep 2020
I wish I knew what a tracker fund was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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.
2 Sep 2020
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a 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.
26 Aug 2020
Too embarrassed to ask: what is liquidity?
Too embarrassed to ask

Too embarrassed to ask: what is liquidity?

Liquidity is a concept that has made a lot of financial headlines in recent years. But what is liquidity, and why is it so important?
26 Aug 2020