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Bonds 4: “Does it make any sense to buy a bond at a premium?”

Bonds 4: “Does it make any sense to buy a bond at a premium?”

🕔08:55, 20.Jun 2012

  A loan of money that takes the form of bonds is a bit like the suitcase full of bank notes that is exchanged in gangster movies: the total sum of the bank notes in the suitcase would be the

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Bonds 3: Who issues bonds and why?

Bonds 3: Who issues bonds and why?

🕔08:42, 13.Jun 2012

    Now that you know why you would want to buy bonds, and what influences the return a bond can bring you, why not have a look at the other party’s point of view?   In other words, why

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Bonds 1: What would make you want to buy debt?

Bonds 1: What would make you want to buy debt?

🕔08:41, 30.May 2012

  This is the first post in the new series about bonds – make sure to sign up for the newsletter to get the next posts directly to your inbox!   Do you like being in debt? How comfortable do

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An Introduction to the Bond Market

An Introduction to the Bond Market

🕔16:23, 15.May 2012

  Have you ever heard of the bond market, or the “Irish ten-year bond yield” or “inflation linked bonds” or “fixed income” and wondered what on earth all of this meant?   Here is an extremely short introduction – if

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Economic Indicators: Part 2 (National Debt, the Irish Banking Crisis and the 2010 Census)

Economic Indicators: Part 2 (National Debt, the Irish Banking Crisis and the 2010 Census)

🕔19:43, 8.May 2012

    In my experience as a public speaker, trainer and media guest, I find that a lot of people are confused by economic indicators, or find it difficult to relate these indicators to one another. I recently published two

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How to use call options in your own portfolio: covered calls

How to use call options in your own portfolio: covered calls

🕔09:40, 25.Apr 2012

    In the last post I explained the mechanism of call options. Call options are the right, but not the obligation, to buy a stock at a locked-in price, at a certain agreed-upon date. The seller sells this right,

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How do you actually Invest your Money in the Stock Market, in practice?

How do you actually Invest your Money in the Stock Market, in practice?

🕔07:12, 11.Apr 2012

  If I got 20 cents every time an individual investor said to me “This might be a stupid question, but…”, I’d be so rich by now, you have no idea. These things weren’t taught at school. So it’s perfectly

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What a “trader” can actually teach you about the stock market

What a “trader” can actually teach you about the stock market

🕔16:48, 20.Mar 2012

    You might remember how, in late September, a “trader” going by the name of Alessio Rastani was interviewed by the BBC. In brilliant soundbites, he explained that “governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world”, that

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