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HL Christmas Quiz

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How good is your investing and saving general knowledge?

A lot has happened over the last year.

Take our Christmas quiz to test how well you remember 2019 and your general investing knowledge.

12 questions that will test even the best. How will you do?

HL Christmas Quiz

A fun way to test your knowledge and pick up some top tips.

Question 1

Some ESG funds align their strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals. Which organisation created this?

The United Nations created the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They're 17 interconnected goals to address the global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Question 2

Which is the only fund to have appeared in every month’s Hargreaves Lansdown’s (HL) most bought in 2019?

Based on monthly net purchases, the Legal & General International Index fund was the only one to appear in HL’s 10 most bought funds every month in 2019.

Question 3

Up to the end of November, which of the following markets had performed the best this year?

The US market has outperformed the UK, China and Japan in 2019. Although this is a very short-time period and isn't a guide to future returns.

Question 4

Which of the following stock markets is currently yielding the most?

With a yield of 4.45%, the UK market is currently yielding more than the US, China or Japan. Although this is a historical yield and is not guaranteed.

Question 5

What % of people in the UK over the age of 65 are estimated to be still working?

Almost 11% of people in the UK over the age of 65 are currently estimated to be still working. At the start of the millennium, the figure was just over 5%.

Question 6

What do most people do with 25% tax free pension lump sum?

Despite fears people might use their tax-free pension cash to splash out on a Lamborghini, truth is over 44% of people surveyed said they hold it as cash in a savings account.

Question 7

On 31 October, what was average rate of interest on cash ISA savings?

According to the Bank of England the average rate of interest on cash ISA savings was 0.84% at the end of October. That's still well below the current rate of inflation.

Question 8

Apple and Amazon were the first two publicly traded companies worth over $1tn. Who, in April this year, was third?

In April 2019, Microsoft became the third publicly traded company to reach a value of over $1tn. In June, Microsoft went on to once again take the position of the world's most valuable listed company, albeit only temporarily.

Question 9

PPI claims finally came to an end in 2019. What is Lloyds bank's current total PPI claims?

At the end of October Lloyds Bank's PPI bill was just shy of £22 billion. That's over 40% of the total predicted PPI settlement bill of £53bn paid by all the banks.

Question 10

The combined market value of Uber, Slack, Pinterest, Airbnb, Tesla and Spotify is $158bn. But what was their total combined profit over the last year?

Together, Uber, Slack, Pinterest, Airbnb, Tesla and Spotify lost a combined $300m over the last year. In fact, only Uber made a profit.

Question 11

Which was the first of the “big-four” UK Banks to appoint a female CEO in 2019?

In September, Alison Rose became the new RBS CEO. She is the first woman to lead one of Britain's biggest banks.

Question 12

In December Saudi Aramco became the world's largest ever IPO. What was the value of the company at launch?

In December, Saudi Aramco raised $25.6 billion at a final price of 32 riyals per share ($8.53), valuing it at $1.7 trillion.

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