Too embarrassed to ask: what is a margin call?
Too embarrassed to ask

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?
Too embarrassed to ask

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
What is a hedge fund?
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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?
Too embarrassed to ask

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?
Too embarrassed to ask

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 an investment trust was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

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
I wish I knew what an emerging market was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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.
22 Nov 2020
I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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
What is liquidity?
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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?
20 May 2020