How Crypto is being shaped by the Russia/Ukraine conflict

On February 24th Russia invaded neighboring country Ukraine after building up a sizable military presence along its borders. In the early hours of the morning, Bitcoin fell to the second-lowest point of the year. But it was a momentary blip. A huge rally began, pulling the price from around $36k, up to just shy of $45k. But why? Why is Bitcoin of all things benefiting from an East European conflict?

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The Glasgow Writer: Origins

Working remotely is becoming more common across cities in the UK, but a problem with it – I find – is that during the week, the line between one’s home life and work life blurs considerably. So, once a week, depending on my workload and scheduled meetings, I decided to make an effort to get out of the house and spend a few hours working in a different place in Glasgow. Not only does the change of scenery help with my headspace, but it also means I can support local businesses. At first, I stuck exclusively to a few establishments I knew well. But Glasgow has a wealth of cafes, bars, and restaurants and I’d like to explore more.

Initially, in this series of reviews, I hoped would become a sort of compendium for writers or remote workers; a guide to places where you can work/write and escape the home office and freshen things up. But as I explore more, I just find restaurants I like and want to share!

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My 3 favourite pieces of investing advice

It’s coming up to the 1 year anniversary of my first foray into investing. It’s been a wild, but ultimate rewarding year. I aimed to match the standard benchmark of a 10% annual return. I ended up making 13% by the end of 2021, but since the turn of the year, my investments have skyrocketed and now sit at 60% gains which far surpasses legendary investor Benjamin Graham’s annual return of 20% (now I just need to do it for 30 years consecutively to put that previous statement into context). I made some great decisions and some terrible ones over the past year. You can check out the best investments I made last year here. But in this article, I want to explore the three pieces of advice that helped me the most as I navigated this first year of investing.

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The best 5 stocks of my first year of Investing (and 5 honourable mentions)

“Everyone is a genius in a bull market” claims Mark Cuban. The 2020 stock market crash caused by Covid-19 coincided with my first foray into investing. As a result, it has been a successful year for new investors and those that buy the dip. Looking through my history on the Freetrade app, there are 5 clear winners that stand above the rest.

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Best (And Worst) of the Year 2020: Albums, Games, and films

Well… We made it. 2021 is here and although it was not necessarily a year to look back on fondly, there was a lot of great media put out to help us get through it. I wish I could have listened to/ watched/ played everything on offer, but alas. So here is my one stop shot for the best (and worst) pieces of media I cam across in 2020.

These last few months really smashed my taste wide open. Metal is not the dominant force for once. I wonder if this will return next year or will it balance itself out.

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Starting out as a freelancer – 7 tips

I’ve been a Freelancer for a few years now and it has been quite the journey! As soon as I got my Literature Degree I began utilising it on the online market. Now I’m no hotshot freelancer, the kind that supports themselves solely through their freelancing work, that’s the dream! But I’ve at least travelled the road and can impart some little nuggets for those considering starting to freelance or wanting to take it seriously.

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“lock the universe behind me when I leave.” – Why the return of Sandman does not fill me with joy.

“When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave.” says Death, the elder sister of Dream in regards to the grandest cycle of them all. The very nature of all existence as we can comprehend. But in regards to Gaiman’s highly acclaimed Sandman series, Death should’ve closed up properly long ago.

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