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The peculiarity of special dividends

I have long since wondered why companies pay one-off so called special dividends to shareholders. I am not a big fan of special dividends. In fact I am not a particular fan of dividends per se. Why is this? I hear you ask. Well although dividends are not officially...

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How an 82-year old woman was cured of dementia

I read this story on the Internet a number of weeks ago and, although it is not a personal finance issue, I felt it was such an important subject that I wanted to share it with the followers of my blog. Basically Sylvia Hatzer was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease up...

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What are negative bond yields?

The global stock of negative-yielding debt is now in excess of $17 trillion as rising market volatility lends extra force to this year’s unprecedented bond rally. Thirty percent of all investment-grade securities now bear sub-zero yields, meaning that investors who...

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Quantitative easing explained

Ever been puzzled by the term quantitative easing or QE for short? Well you are not the only one. It is of course a euphemism for the printing of money or to be more exact, digitally creating money. Quantitative easing is an unconventional monetary policy in which a...

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May you live in interesting times

In 1966 Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech that included an instance, “There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative...

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