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Evil Knievil: Keep schtum

Evil Knievil: Keep schtum

By Evil Knievil

1 mins. to read

There is something odd going on in the world of spreadbetting. The cost of borrowing stock for shorting purposes has shot up. A longstanding and highly reliable friend last week told me that he had enquired at Spreadex and been told that all short positions – i.e. regardless of the true ease with which stock can…

The dark arts of psychographics and political manipulation
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The dark arts of psychographics and political manipulation

By Victor Hill

14 mins. to read

We now know what Cambridge Analytica was up to – and how they did it. They linked personality analysis (psychographics) with Facebook data. But they weren’t even particularly good at what they did. Cambridge Analytica – remember them? Last week the BBC R4’s Jolyon Jenkins explored digital psychographic analysis in a series of radio broadcasts…

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Evil Knievil: Keep schtum

Evil Knievil: Keep schtum

By Evil Knievil

1 mins. to read

There is something odd going on in the world of spreadbetting. The cost of borrowing stock for shorting purposes has shot up. A longstanding and highly reliable friend last week told me that he had enquired at Spreadex and been told that all short positions – i.e. regardless of the true ease with which stock can…

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Equities

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Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?
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Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?

By John Kingham

10 mins. to read

If you wanted to invest in a safe and stable company with the aim of receiving a reliable dividend today, plus good prospects for dividend growth tomorrow, an obvious choice would be BT (LON:BT.A). From a dividend investor’s point of view, what’s not to like? The company has paid a dividend every year since 1985…

Trading

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Why the best forex trading strategies involve no spread brokers

Why the best forex trading strategies involve no spread brokers

By Master Investor

2 mins. to read

Are you fascinated by the movement of currencies across the world and want to turn that interest into some serious profit? If so, forex trading could be the perfect business opportunity. Trading currencies against each other can be a great way to make quick returns, but it’s a risky sector to operate in. Currency values…

Where next for stock markets?

Where next for stock markets?

By David Jones

7 mins. to read

Given what we have seen in stock markets in recent weeks, it was easy to pick the topic for this month’s charting article. Volatility has jumped, world markets fell heavily – is it the beginning of the end of the long trend upwards for shares? A recent history lesson Let’s go back to where this…

Economics & Markets

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The dark arts of psychographics and political manipulation
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The dark arts of psychographics and political manipulation

By Victor Hill

14 mins. to read

We now know what Cambridge Analytica was up to – and how they did it. They linked personality analysis (psychographics) with Facebook data. But they weren’t even particularly good at what they did. Cambridge Analytica – remember them? Last week the BBC R4’s Jolyon Jenkins explored digital psychographic analysis in a series of radio broadcasts…

Of trade wars and trade bores

Of trade wars and trade bores

By Victor Hill

14 mins. to read

Last week, President Trump was accused of starting a trade war, but Victor Hill asks whether the war has been taking place in the background for years and whether these actions will help redress the West’s trade position with China.

Commodities

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Rising risks could make these 2 gold miners more appealing

Rising risks could make these 2 gold miners more appealing

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The performance of global stock markets thus far in 2018 can best be described as ‘volatile’. The S&P 500, FTSE 100 and various other major indices have seen their price levels experience a rollercoaster ride in recent months. There are a number of reasons for this. Tensions in Syria have increased in recent days, while…

Strong year for global mining investment trust

Strong year for global mining investment trust

By Nick Sudbury

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It has been a strong year for BlackRock World Mining (LON:BRWM) with a NAV return of 24% in 2017. The performance has been driven by the pick-up in global economic growth, and sentiment towards the fund is finally starting to improve after a significant write-down in 2013 dented investor confidence. If the economic recovery continues…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

By Victor Hill

13 mins. to read

The Brexit negotiations have entered a critical phase. Decisions made by both sides in the next three months will have long-term consequences. In a state of conflict, all sides become extreme. A modern English Civil War The classic schoolboy pseudo-history 1066 And All That asserted that, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers were “Wrong…

The Customs Union or a Customs Union? Or just confusion?
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The Customs Union or a Customs Union? Or just confusion?

By Victor Hill

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The British political class is riven with dissent over what type of Brexit is most desirable. This is because, after two years of Brexit argy bargy, few Brits really understand the issues – and least of all in the Labour Party. A discourteous proposition Last week Monsieur Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, threw a document…