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UK exporters poised for Brexit boost

Brexit is happening – and while some firms will be hit if no deal is reached, many are poised to reap rich rewards in global export markets.

Richard Reed
metals

The complete guide to industrial metals trading

Industrial metals can offer some compelling trading opportunities, especially as at times they tend to be subject to very sharp changes in price.

James Hester
Impact investing

Everything you ever wanted to know about impact investing

Impact investing involves individual targeting of investment cash and often personal involvement in the businesses backed. You invest to make a difference.

David Burrows

What you need to know about France’s CAC 40 index

The CAC 40 is the most widely used indicator of the performance of the Paris Stock Exchange

Claire Veares
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Generic drugs: magic cure or sick man of stock markets?

Generic drug manufacturers are a painful thorn in big pharma’s side. Once a top-selling drug loses its exclusive patent, the launch of rival versions can lead to severe losses in sales and profit for the innovator company. But generic drugs makers could be just what the doctor ordered for investors.

Alison Bloomer
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Hot commodities: which are rising, by how much and why?

Given the geopolitical shocks of the past 18 months, you’d expect 2017 to prove a bumper year for commodity prices. Yet while most have moved higher, often the picture has been more one of recovery rather than boom.

Graham Buck

Short selling – why you can do it and how to profit from it

Short selling is still aiming to buy low and sell high but just in the reverse order to traditional investing

Claire Veares
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A quick guide to short selling and short trading

Short trading enables investors to profit from potential falls in an asset price, though without even having to buy the given asset in the first place. The advent of trading through Contracts for Difference (CFDs) means short trading is now easy and accessible.

James Hester
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Growth versus value investing: a dichotomy

Growth and value investing are two of the most popular investment styles around. So, what exactly are they, and what are the pros and cons?

James Hester

Company accounts – what they tell us and how to read them

Scroll through the opening pages of a company annual report and you will find glossy pictures of the company’s best features, happy smiling customers and slightly awkwardly posed shots of the company’s key personnel.

Claire Veares

Is loss aversion holding you back from winning trades?

What’s the most important factor when you’re trading stocks – making £1,000, or not losing £1,000?

Richard Reed
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The Martingale approach and averaging down

Nothing creates a split camp more in gambling circles than the Martingale system. One side will say it is amongst the oldest and simplest ways to ensure a profit, whilst the other will mutter darkly about it being one of the most expensive ways to learn a lesson.

Alison Bloomer
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Cryptocurrency: who, what, why & how of bitcoin and others

Essentially a cryptocurrency is a digital currency. Think of it as electricity converted into lines of code with monetary value. The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is with little doubt the biggest disruption to the monetary system for centuries.

David Burrows

A beginner's guide to the arcane world of securities lending

Securities lending is when an owner of a fixed income stock or other security lends it to someone else. The borrower must stump up collateral while they hold the borrowed security – this might be in cash but it might be another security or a mix of securities.

Brian Bollen
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Averaging up and the hot hand fallacy

Hot Hand thinking can often be linked with what is termed averaging up. Often referred to as ‘pyramiding’ this is when, after buying shares in a company, you buy some more as the price gets higher.

David Burrows




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