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The Future of Money: Cash, Crypto or Gold?

The Future of Money: Cash, Crypto or Gold?

By Victor Hill

26 mins. to read

We think of money as an objective reality – but in fact it is just a conceptual construction of the human mind. It does not exist in nature; animals have no notion of it; even humans managed to live for countless millennia without it. The history of money is the history of civilisation. It has…

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The rise of bitcoin this year has taken all but its most ardent supporters by surprise. The virtual currency has risen by as much as 17x since the start of the year, with it passing $17,000 for the first time this week. While it could move higher in the short term, ultimately it appears to…

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Heaven defined

Heaven defined

By Evil Knievil

1 mins. to read

I think that one of the essential rules of showbiz is that one should leave them wanting more. On this basis, Henry Blofeld’s session this week reading his book, Over and Out, on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week slot and which finished today deploys the very showbiz rule earlier adduced. The entire presentation…

Evil Knievil: Taking a profit on Ladbrokes Coral

Evil Knievil: Taking a profit on Ladbrokes Coral

By Evil Knievil

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The bid for Ladbrokes Coral (LON:LCL) has arrived. What surprises me is that it is tabled before HMG opines on FOBT maximum stakes – this is expected by the end of January 2018. I am taking a profit. ***** Steinhoff (ETR:SNH) has duly collapsed on the announcement that its CEO is going and PwC has…

Equities

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Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The rise of bitcoin this year has taken all but its most ardent supporters by surprise. The virtual currency has risen by as much as 17x since the start of the year, with it passing $17,000 for the first time this week. While it could move higher in the short term, ultimately it appears to…

Make a mint with these marvellous microcaps

Make a mint with these marvellous microcaps

By Richard Gill, CFA

13 mins. to read

There is one sub-class of small cap stocks which offer the potential for substantial long-term gains – perhaps more than any other asset class in existence. Not just 100% or 200% gains but up to 100,000% or even 200,000%. The stocks I am talking about are microcaps, companies which have a very low market capitalisation…

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How to trade breakouts: buying into strength

How to trade breakouts: buying into strength

By David Jones

7 mins. to read

Last month saw some interesting statistics concerning the US stock market. Unless you have been living in a cave in recent years, you will be aware that the major US indices have continually pushed to fresh all-time highs. The latest leg higher within that multiyear trend started after the US election last year – markets…

How to spot trend reversal and continuation patterns

How to spot trend reversal and continuation patterns

By David Jones

7 mins. to read

Some people will dismiss technical analysis and charting as just squiggly lines on a chart – and I for one am not the biggest fan of the chart pattern approach to trading or investing. That aside, there are often sound changes or shifts in investor sentiment that underpin the various patterns that are a major…

Economics & Markets

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The Future of Money: Cash, Crypto or Gold?

The Future of Money: Cash, Crypto or Gold?

By Victor Hill

26 mins. to read

We think of money as an objective reality – but in fact it is just a conceptual construction of the human mind. It does not exist in nature; animals have no notion of it; even humans managed to live for countless millennia without it. The history of money is the history of civilisation. It has…

Brexit, the Tory Ultras and the Corbyn Threat
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Brexit, the Tory Ultras and the Corbyn Threat

By Victor Hill

13 mins. to read

This morning a deal has been struck in Brussels. But will the Tory ultras buy it? And will Labour gain ground if they don’t? Sufficient progress? The breakthrough deal that was supposed to happen on Monday (04 December) was supposedly scuppered by the Ulster Unionists. In fact, much opposition to Mrs May’s original deal was…

Commodities

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Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The rise of bitcoin this year has taken all but its most ardent supporters by surprise. The virtual currency has risen by as much as 17x since the start of the year, with it passing $17,000 for the first time this week. While it could move higher in the short term, ultimately it appears to…

Funds to profit from rising or falling commodity prices

Funds to profit from rising or falling commodity prices

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

If there is one area that divides opinion more than most it is commodities. Some investors think that we are entering a new bull market and that now is the perfect time to buy, whereas others are sceptical and remain bearish. Whatever your view there is no doubt that it has been a difficult time…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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Big in Japan – five funds to profit from the strength of the Nikkei

Big in Japan – five funds to profit from the strength of the Nikkei

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

Over the last five years the Nikkei 225, the main Japanese stock market index, has risen by an impressive 141%, which is well ahead of other markets such as the US, the UK and Germany. Despite these strong returns Japan remains one of the cheapest developed markets in the world. Hideo Shiozumi, who manages the Legg…

5 funds to profit from a run on the pound

5 funds to profit from a run on the pound

By Nick Sudbury

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Reports of a possible agreement on the size of the Brexit divorce bill that could pave the way for a trade agreement once the UK leaves the EU have prompted a surge in the value of Sterling, but the longer term picture is a lot more disturbing. The Labour party has recently admitted that it…

Brexit

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Trump, Trade, Tariffs and Theresa
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Trump, Trade, Tariffs and Theresa

By Victor Hill

11 mins. to read

As a hard or crash Brexit edges closer, it now seems there is no binary option between the EU Customs Union and WTO rules. The Americans are not making things any easier for the UK. Why would they? The truth behind the Bombardier dispute revealed In 2007 the Canadian aerospace company Bombardier (TSE:BBD.A) announced plans…

£350 million a week? Who’s lying?

£350 million a week? Who’s lying?

By Victor Hill

12 mins. to read

Last weekend, in his 4,000 word essay on Brexit in the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resurrected the claim, much touted during the Brexit referendum, that the UK pays Brussels £350 million every week. This prompted howls of protest from the mainstream media and even from the head of the Office of National Statistics.…