Entries by Jess Langer

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Why ex-Facebook exec is investing in AI start-ups

  A former director at Facebook is backing several Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-ups in their development of messaging apps that will allow consumers and businesses to communicate via direct messaging, according to a CNBC report. Anand Chandrasekaran was responsible for the growth of the Facebook Messenger software developer ecosystem, which passed the 300,000 chatbot benchmark […]

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Operation Matterhorn: Why isn’t Thomas Cook too big to fail?

  The collapse of the travel operator Thomas Cook has put Operation Matterhorn into effect, described as the UK’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation of citizens with an estimated 150,000 holidaymakers left stranded overseas by the travel agent entering administration. It’s such an undertaking that holiday firms based in Switzerland, near the Alpine mountain that gives […]

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Income generation – the world beyond Dividends and Interest

  When it comes to generating an income from your investments, the usual suspects are interest and dividends. Interest allows the value of your portfolio to grow over time, which can then either be reinvested to increase your total holdings, or withdrawn to spend on life’s other expenses. Meanwhile, dividends give you a one-off payout […]

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Global Forex hits record high in 2019

  The newly published Triennial Central Bank Survey 2019 from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) reveals that global foreign exchange trading hit a record high in April. Central banks in 53 countries worldwide recorded a snapshot of forex and over-the-counter interest rate derivatives trading activity in April 2019, the first new report since the […]

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Robo-advisers – Would you trust a robot with your hard-earned cash?

  John Clifton ‘Jack’ Bogle died in early 2019 and was known for being something of a contrarian in the investment sector. One of his most famous pieces of advice to investors was to avoid funds managed by humans, in order to escape paying the management fees typically associated with this. But as artificial intelligence […]