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DIY investor

Weighed down by cash

Last summer, Paul Lewis of the BBC’s Moneybox programme wrote a provocative article arguing that since 1995, simply moving your cash each January into the best-buy deposit account would have mostly produced a better performance than investing it in a FTSE 100 tracker fund. Whatever you think of this comparison, Lewis’s advocacy of “active cash”—managing bank deposits to generate the highest returns rather than leaving them where they are regardless of the interest rate—is worth following, particularly now that decent rates are so hard to find.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Tom Clark and Luke Harding examine the attacks facing democracy. Clark reviews two books on democracy and suggests a new intellectual assault may be on the horizon. Harding looks at Russia’s attempts to derail the democratic process by focussing on its technical frailty. Melissa Deckman asks why women voted for Trump, while Duncan Bell charts the story of the Anglosphere and suggests Brexiteers are indulging in an old fantasy. Also in this issue: Matthew Harries asks if it’s time to ban the nuclear bomb, Adam Mars-Jones looks at the way we perceive aliens in films and Elizabeth Pisani explores the role of activists in changing the perception of Aids and its pushing for treatment.
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