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I wish I knew what a marginal tax rate was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
TETA marginal tax rate
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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
TETA- what is stagflation?
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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
What is a drawdown?
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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
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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
What is the gold standard?
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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 a share buyback was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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
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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
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I wish I knew what the lifetime allowance was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Gillian Tett on how anthropology helps make sense of the world
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The MoneyWeek Podcast: Gillian Tett on how anthropology helps make sense of the world

In a special video podcast, the FT's Gillian Tett tells Merryn Somerset Webb why what people aren't talking about is just as important as what they ar…
11 Jun 2021
I wish I knew what passive investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Uncertain times, strong performance
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Uncertain times, strong performance

Alex Crooke, Fund Manager of The Bankers Investment Trust, looks back at the previous 12 months and casts his eye to the year ahead.
6 May 2021
I wish I knew what a central bank digital currency was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a central bank digital currency was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Governments around the world are considering creating their own digital currencies. But what are they and how do they compare to cryptocurrencies such…
4 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