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What is fintech, and how it’s going to change the world of investing and financial transactions as we know it

What is fintech, and how it’s going to change the world of investing and financial transactions as we know it

🕔22:30, 5.Jul 2017

Are you curious about “fintech”? It stands for “financial technology” and it is the topic of many conversations at the moment. Fintech is more and more widespread and we are all using it to some extent nowadays. Have you ever bought

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2015 Economic Review – 15 Trends that Shaped 2015

2015 Economic Review – 15 Trends that Shaped 2015

🕔18:14, 30.Dec 2015

As I look back on the year and consider what happened in 2015, it’s time to take stock for an economic review. The year has been rich in momentous changes: once-in-a-generation events like the Irish marriage referendum, events that shocked the

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How to invest in private equity when interest rates are at historical lows

How to invest in private equity when interest rates are at historical lows

🕔17:39, 27.Nov 2015

In the current context of ultra-low interest rates, private equity shines as an investment opportunity. Private equity presents opportunities for investors who yet have to gain exposure to this asset class. The barriers to entry are high, but investment vehicles

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Where Are The Returns? Investing Strategies For A Low Interest Rate Environment

Where Are The Returns? Investing Strategies For A Low Interest Rate Environment

🕔17:24, 5.Nov 2015

  Governments have two sets of policy tools to stimulate or slow down the economy. The first is fiscal: using taxes and public expenditure to directly affect what goes into people’s pockets and what they spend it on. The other

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Why do governments borrow money? Can’t they balance their budget like everyone else?!

Why do governments borrow money? Can’t they balance their budget like everyone else?!

🕔11:01, 29.Aug 2014

    A government spends its money on several things: social welfare, public sector wages and capital expenditure (investments in buildings, roads, public facilities etc.). To finance this expenditure, it relies on taxes and other revenues. But as we all

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If bubbles are “bad”, why do we let them happen over and over again?!

If bubbles are “bad”, why do we let them happen over and over again?!

🕔12:57, 16.Jul 2014

    An economic bubble is when we let prices go crazily high. We generally can recognize economic bubbles, but often defend them with arguments of “the market has fundamentally changed” or “it’s different this time” or “we’ve learned how to

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If you recognise yourself in one of these profiles, stay away from the stock market!

If you recognise yourself in one of these profiles, stay away from the stock market!

🕔21:53, 26.Apr 2014

  “Should I invest in stocks?” is a very common stock market question.   However, just like “What’s a good stock to buy right now?”, it is a sure sign that the person asking the question doesn’t know much about

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Advanced derivatives strategies: bull call spread

Advanced derivatives strategies: bull call spread

🕔09:15, 23.Apr 2014

  A bull call spread is an advanced stock market strategy you can implement when you are “bullish”, that is, you think the markets will rise. As an example, you might implement this strategy for any of the following reasons:

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When should you start to invest? Should you start investing even if you don’t have money “lying around”?

When should you start to invest? Should you start investing even if you don’t have money “lying around”?

🕔10:16, 8.Apr 2014

  Should I start investing? I don’t have money “lying around”…   A reader recently remarked that my investing tips were all nice and good, if only she had extra money lying around. But she didn’t, so investing was out

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What is quantitative easing, and what problem does it solve? Is it ever possible to create “free money”?

What is quantitative easing, and what problem does it solve? Is it ever possible to create “free money”?

🕔16:06, 31.Mar 2014

  Quantitative easing is a “monetary policy” measure. It is used by central banks in an attempt to stimulate the economy, more precisely to kickstart growth in times of economic sluggishness. But it’s not a panacea and should be used

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