Nathan Tipping

  • This is when you should sell

    Selling is the dark art of investing. Whether you’re watching CNBC, reading the financial news, or listening to your broker, you’ll hear about what you should buy. Buy this stock, buy that market, buy, buy, buy. But you almost never…

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  • Beware of this bias – it could cost you

    Have you ever been overwhelmed by the choices in a restaurant’s wine menu – and just decided on the house wine? Or, when you buy the latest mobile phone, do you just accept the factory default settings and not even…

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  • Did you accidentally buy 1,000 chickens?

    When Steve Morrow came across an online auction advertising the “urgent sale” of a hen for the poultry sum of NZ$1.50 (£0.78), he thought he’d found himself a bargain. It wasn’t until he received a message from the seller asking…

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  • Oil’s well that ends well

    Big oil’s going green. Sort of. The onset of the pandemic last year left oil companies to do some soul searching. That fossil fuels (at least at the scale they’re used right now) have a limited lifespan was already well-known….

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  • The roaring (20)20s for UK stocks?

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the stock market.” If you’d looked at only the value of the S&P 500 last year, you wouldn’t have thought the country was in…

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  • A town built from gold

    It was the event that made a region. And it started, like many historical moments, with an accident. In 1909, a group of prospectors were trekking over a rocky knoll in rural Ontario when the leader of the group, Harry…

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  • Pensions’ pandemic punishment

    Until the turn of the 20th century, being poor was seen as a moral failing in Britain. People living in poverty did so, it was believed, because they were inherently flawed, not because of any external factors. And, by that…

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  • Searching for “safe havens”

    I’m of the opinion that the pandemic hasn’t brought about that many new economic trends. Rather, it’s sped up existing ones. One of these is the search for safe havens – “safe” assets, typically perceived as some of the lowest…

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  • Commodities are coming back – with a vengeance

    So it turns out worldwide lockdowns are pretty bad for the economy. Who knew? Bearing the brunt of this, of course, are commodity prices. For them, 2020 has been a bloodbath. Oil briefly dipped below 0USD per barrel for the…

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  • Get on with it, America

    And the results are in! Sort of. If, like me, you’ve been endlessly refreshing the news since Tuesday night, then you’re probably pretty keen to see the final results of what has been an extraordinary election. Votes are still being…

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