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Wells Street Journal: A new periodic table and the rise of the snollygoster

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Introducing: the periodic table of investments
If there is one thing from school science lessons that many a student has taken away, it is a fairly good memory of the elements song.

While no one at Money Marketing can pretend they were anything other than average in the science department, the new periodic table of investments has stirred up some interest. The table has been shared on Twitter by both advisers and investment managers, and has an array of elements, including Mg (mega-cap), Em (emerging markets), Rr (real return) and Cb (convertible bonds).

Other WSJ favourites include Ig (investment grade corporates), Tf (trend following), Dd (distressed debt) and Rv (relative value).

This WSJ writer is going back to the classroom!

Meet the snollygosters
WSJ’s correspondents love to hear of a new word they have not yet learned and found something fantastic to add to the vocabulary this week: snollygoster. The word, which sounds by all accounts unapologetically English, has the definition of “someone, especially a politician, who acts for personal gain instead of consistent, respectable principles”.

WSJ can think of many people that fit the definition, and not all of them run in political circles. The word will be filed away and brought out to be used on an unsuspecting party…

Out of context

‘I don’t have dysentery anymore!’

7IM founder Justin Urquhart Stewart celebrates his new-found freedom as he opens a seasonal drinks reception

‘It could be bungee jumping, it could be Tinder, it could be running across a motorway…’

Boring Money’s Holly Mackay talks the personal nature of risk-taking 

‘Oh, look which bananaphile has popped up!’

Chris Jones from Rock Consultancy enjoys a WSJ cartoon of Suffolk Life’s Greg Kingston from earlier this month

Separated at birth

Openwork marketing director Claire Oldstein

English actress Stirling Gallacher

Send your suggestions to @mm_wsj.

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