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Female traders are better at buying cheap and selling high. U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr

Why women make the best stock traders

New research reveals not only why female traders buy and sell less than men, but that they may be better at it.
Blockchain can’t solve every problem in the finance industry. www.shutterstock.com

Blockchain – not fit for financial markets

For a discipline that is supposedly rational, finance has had its fair share of irrational crazes. For example, the dotcom bubble and the collateralized debt obligation craze that led to the global financial…
Markets have risen in response to President-elect Trump, particularly in the pharmaceutical and financial industries. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

What’s behind the Trump bump in markets

World markets bounced back surprisingly quickly after Trump's election. Here are a few theories as to why.
EPA/Alex Hoffard

How Uber crashed in China

Uber is exiting the race for dominance in China's ride-hailing market and selling its stake to rival Didi Chuxing.
Stockbroker Oliver Curtis leaves at lunchtime with his wife Roxy Jacenko at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. David Moir/AAP

Insider trading is greedy, not glamorous, and it hurts us all

It doesn't matter how much Oliver Curtis and John Hartman stood to gain from insider trading, what matters is what we all lose from market tampering.
Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa’s former finance minister. President Zuma’s decision to fire him is irrational. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why Zuma’s actions point to shambolic management of South Africa’s economy

It is difficult to analyse political developments in South Africa. Decision-making does not fit any neat political science theory. President Zuma is unpredictable and his policy thinking is woolly.
Janet Yellen will make waves next year. International Monetary Fund

What will happen when the US Fed starts hiking rates?

As the US economy emerges from recession, the prospect of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates grabs the attention of the financial markets more and more. US rates have been close to zero for…

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