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Dr Matthew Partridge

Matthew graduated from the University of Durham in 2004; he then did an MSc, followed by a PhD at the London School of Economics.

He has previously written for a wide range of publications, including the Guardian and the Economist, and also helped to run a newsletter on terrorism. He has spent time at Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and the consultancy Lombard Street Research.

22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister
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22 January 1924: Ramsay MacDonald becomes prime minister

Ramsay MacDonald was one of the founder members of the Labour party, which he took to power on this day in 1924.
22 Jan 2021
Lockdown hammers commercial landlord Hammerson
Property

Lockdown hammers commercial landlord Hammerson

Three quarters of the tenants of shopping-centre operator Hammerson have been forced to close during the lockdown.
21 Jan 2021
Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios
Investment strategy

Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios

Christopher Columbus Wilson gave radios away to drum up business in his United Wireless Telegraph Company. The company went bankrupt and Wilson was co…
21 Jan 2021
DoorDash won't deliver for investors. Here's how to short it
Trading

DoorDash won't deliver for investors. Here's how to short it

American food-delivery app DoorDash can’t even make money in a pandemic. Matthew Partridge explains the best way to short it.
20 Jan 2021
A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know
Inflation

A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know

One of the most frequently mentioned topics in the news these days is inflation. But what exactly is inflation and how does it affect the economy and …
18 Jan 2021
16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins
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16 January 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins

Coalition forces led by the US launched an operation to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces on this day in 1991, sending the oil price soaring.
16 Jan 2021
Volatile Christmas trading leaves more of a mess at retailer M&S
UK stockmarkets

Volatile Christmas trading leaves more of a mess at retailer M&S

Last year was grim for retailers, while M&S, the clothing sector’s chronic underperformer, struggled at Christmas too. Matthew Partridge reports.
15 Jan 2021
How to invest in Africa as it takes its place in the post-pandemic sun
Emerging markets

How to invest in Africa as it takes its place in the post-pandemic sun

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement has come into force. Favourable demographics, improving governance and a growing technology sector also b…
14 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax
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Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax

Philip Arnold and his cousin John Slack lured investors into their mining company by claiming to have discovered large deposit of diamonds. There were…
13 Jan 2021
4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society
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4 January 1884: Founding of the Fabian Society

Rapid economic change in the 19th century didn't benefit everybody. On 4 January 1884, the Fabian Society was established in London to redress the bal…
4 Jan 2021
How my trading tips fared in 2020
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How my trading tips fared in 2020

Winning ideas included going long media group ITV and shorting electric-lorry maker Nikola
30 Dec 2020
Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss
People

Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss

Kweku Adoboli's risky trading and his desperate attempts to cover it up wiped £2.7bn off UBS’s market capitalisation.
24 Dec 2020
Cyberpunk 2077: Poland’s Punk project punished
Tech stocks

Cyberpunk 2077: Poland’s Punk project punished

Polish software group CD Projekt’s much-hyped game Cyberpunk 2077 was expected to sell around 30 million copies at $60 each. But Sony pulled it from s…
23 Dec 2020
Frasers Group in the firing line after profit warning
UK stockmarkets

Frasers Group in the firing line after profit warning

Frasers Group, the owner of Sports Direct, is not the only retailer set to suffer now that new Covid restrictions have been introduced. Matthew Partri…
23 Dec 2020
19 December 1932: BBC World Service begins
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19 December 1932: BBC World Service begins

The first royal Christmas message by George V gave the fledgling World Service an early boost six days after it was founded in 1932.
19 Dec 2020
18 December 1878: the end of the Molly Maguires
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18 December 1878: the end of the Molly Maguires

On this day in 1878, the Molly Maguires – a secret society formed in Ireland – ceased to exist with the hanging of the last of 20 condemned members of…
18 Dec 2020
AstraZeneca turns the tables as it acquires US pharmaceutical firm Alexion
Biotech stocks

AstraZeneca turns the tables as it acquires US pharmaceutical firm Alexion

AstraZeneca, the British pharma giant, was almost swallowed up by Pfizer a few years ago. Now it has struck a megadeal of its own. Matthew Partridge r…
17 Dec 2020
Great Frauds in History: Robert Schuyler’s illicit share issue
People

Great Frauds in History: Robert Schuyler’s illicit share issue

Robert Schuyler was known as “America’s first railroad king” issued millions of dollars' worth of fraudulent shares in his company, and kept the money…
17 Dec 2020
Ocado won’t deliver for investors: here's how to play it
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Ocado won’t deliver for investors: here's how to play it

Sales are surging at online grocer Ocado, but consistent profitability has proved elusive. The share price is heading for a fall, says Matthew Partrid…
15 Dec 2020
12 December 1914: NYSE resumes stock trading
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12 December 1914: NYSE resumes stock trading

On this day in 1914, the New York Stock Exchange reopened for business after being closed at the outbreak of the First World War.
12 Dec 2020
11 December 1978: Lufthansa heist nets $6m
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11 December 1978: Lufthansa heist nets $6m

The Mafia carried out the Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK airport, on this day in 1978, later inspiring the Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas”.
11 Dec 2020
Mike Ashley picks over Debenhams’ carcass
UK stockmarkets

Mike Ashley picks over Debenhams’ carcass

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group is attempting a “last-minute rescue” of Debenhams.
10 Dec 2020
The business rates bust-up as retailers hand back cash
UK stockmarkets

The business rates bust-up as retailers hand back cash

Supermarkets and other stores that had come under fire for accepting a business-rates holiday have given the money back. Matthew Partridge reports
10 Dec 2020
Great Frauds in History: Michael Meehan’s market manipulation
People

Great Frauds in History: Michael Meehan’s market manipulation

Stockbroker Michael Meehan manipulated the markets, driving stock prices up and making a mint.
8 Dec 2020
5 December 1933: prohibition ends in America
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5 December 1933: prohibition ends in America

On this day in 1933, America finally gave up on its futile attempt at alcohol prohibition, which had begun with the passing of the 18th Amendment in 1…
5 Dec 2020
Lloyds poaches its new boss from HSBC
Bank stocks

Lloyds poaches its new boss from HSBC

The high-street lender has appointed Charlie Nunn, HSBC’s head of wealth management, to be its new CEO. He faces a towering in-tray. Matthew Partridge…
3 Dec 2020
Debenhams closes its doors
UK stockmarkets

Debenhams closes its doors

Debenhams is to close all of its 124 stores after JD Sports ended discussions over a rescue deal.
3 Dec 2020
Great frauds in history: Meyer Blinder's Blind ’em & Rob ’em
People

Great frauds in history: Meyer Blinder's Blind ’em & Rob ’em

Meyer Blinder’s brokerage firm cold-called unsuspecting punters and pumped shares in fraudulent shell companies while stiffing them with huge commiss…
1 Dec 2020
How to take a punt on the cruising sector’s comeback
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How to take a punt on the cruising sector’s comeback

The outlook for cruise operators is improving rapidly, says Matthew Partridge, so the sector’s third-largest operator is a buy.
30 Nov 2020
28 November 1660: the Royal Society is founded
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28 November 1660: the Royal Society is founded

After the restoration of the monarchy, members of the “Invisible College” asked King Charles II to approve their scientific and literary society. A Ro…
28 Nov 2020
27 November 1967: Charles de Gaulle vetoes Britain's entry to the EEC
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27 November 1967: Charles de Gaulle vetoes Britain's entry to the EEC

On this day in 1967, French president Charles de Gaulle vetoed Britain's attempt to join the European Economic Community, claiming Britain didn’t agre…
27 Nov 2020
AA reaches the end of the public road in private equity takeover
UK stockmarkets

AA reaches the end of the public road in private equity takeover

The AA says it is inclined to recommend a £218m takeover proposal from from a private equity firm.
26 Nov 2020
More good news as AstraZeneca finds a third Covid vaccine
Biotech stocks

More good news as AstraZeneca finds a third Covid vaccine

Another week, another Covid-19 vaccine. This one from AstraZeneca and Oxford University is homegrown and ready to roll out fast. Matthew Partridge rep…
26 Nov 2020
Great frauds in history: John MacGregor’s dodgy loans
Investment strategy

Great frauds in history: John MacGregor’s dodgy loans

When the Royal British Bank fell on hard times, founder John MacGregor started falsifying the accounts and paying dividends out of capital. The bank f…
22 Nov 2020
21 November 1969: The first permanent Arpanet link
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21 November 1969: The first permanent Arpanet link

A milestone in the formation of the internet, the first permanent Arpanet link was established on this day in 1969.
21 Nov 2020
Will JD Sports rescue Debenhams?
UK stockmarkets

Will JD Sports rescue Debenhams?

JD Sports has emerged as a “serious contender” to rescue Debenhams, a move that would escalate its rivalry with Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct an…
20 Nov 2020