The Weekend Starts Here....

The Weekend Starts Here....

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash  

This week saw the launch of the new £50 banknote featuring Alan Turing.  To mark the occasion, GCHQ has issued its “most difficult puzzle ever”, estimating it would take an “experienced puzzler” seven hours to complete [2 min read]

Five Investing Powers [3 min read]

Over the last 12 months the younger generation has sacrificed a lot to protect those more susceptible to COVID 19 than themselves.  In a week in which Boris Johnson has suggested that vaccination certificates might be considered in order to drink indoors in a pub, it’s perhaps no wonder that questions of fairness are starting to arise [2 min read]

Sustainable (ESG) investing has exploded in popularity in the last couple of years.  A company’s main obligation to its shareholders is to maximise profits and it seems as though adopting an ESG approach almost makes this a given, although clearly this cannot always be the case.  “…what if, in certain companies and industries, the move towards sustainability (and other ESG goals) depresses returns to shareholders at the expense of other stakeholders, society and the environment? Are investors willing to accept this?” [4 min read]

One line explanation of cryptocurrencies [1 min read]

Excerpts from an interview with renowned author William Bernstein [3 min read]

In a week in which the US experienced yet another mass shooting, an explanation as to why gun violence is uniquely an American problem [Charts]

And finally.  Winners of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year.  Stunning [Photos]

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s a good one.