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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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All your questions about online trading – answered!

All your questions about online trading – answered!

🕔09:44, 14.Nov 2013

  In my years as a stock market mentor and financial training specialist, I have seen a lot of reasons why people might be “afraid” to start investing. But the first and foremost reason didn’t really have to do with

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Investing made easier: Think of the stock market as a supermarket, because that’s what it is

Investing made easier: Think of the stock market as a supermarket, because that’s what it is

🕔14:30, 25.Sep 2013

  An extremely common reaction to investing in the stock market, especially from women, is that it’s too risky, too dangerous, and akin to gambling (Short Term Trading and Spread Betting I consider gambling but not Investing in the Markets

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Who’s afraid of the big bad bond bubble?

Who’s afraid of the big bad bond bubble?

🕔08:37, 12.Sep 2012

    Have you been enjoying the recent articles about bonds? If they sparked your interest, perhaps you are following trends in the bond market with a keener eye now…   And you might have heard of an ominous “bond bubble”,

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