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Best Buys: Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages

24 March 2017 10:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Five-Year and Over Fixed Rate Residential Mortgages.

Work till you drop: state pension age could be raised to 70

23 March 2017 11:44

There’s an episode of the TV political drama The West Wing which focuses on the raising of the retirement age.…

Last-minute tips to cut your tax bill

23 March 2017 10:52

The clock’s ticking to shield your savings and investments from the taxman for the 2016/17 tax year, which ends on…

Books Podcast: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom

23 March 2017 10:45

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to Erica Benner about her new Life of Machiavelli, Be Like The Fox.…

Don’t let financial firms take you for a ride: shop around for the best deals

22 March 2017 13:12

Apathy. In a world where there are countless demands on our time, social media never sleeps and 24-hour news bombards…

Cheque please: cheques to be cleared within one working day

22 March 2017 11:58

There are many mysteries in life. Where did we come from? Why do I always forget to take my bag for…

The Brexit bunch are the real referendum whiners

21 March 2017 15:33

In an age of fanaticism, it was always unlikely that the urge to censor would be confined to the left.…

UK inflation jumps to 2.3 per cent raising prospect of interest rate rise

21 March 2017 12:50

The economists were right. For months now, they have been warning that the Brexit vote and the subsequent fall in…

Should you say ‘I do’ to a pre-nup?

21 March 2017 11:58

‘I think pre-nups are brilliant,’ Catherine Zeta Jones told Vanity Fair back in 2000, shortly after marrying Hollywood royalty Michael…

Why wasn’t Chuck Berry eulogised as much as David Bowie? I think I know…

21 March 2017 10:43

Belatedly, goodnight to Chuck Berry. Almost everything that has been worthwhile in rock music for 60-odd years has derived from…

Spectator competition winners: the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by Donald Trump

20 March 2017 18:00

The latest challenge asked for a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent…

Half the value of your home at risk from average care home stay

20 March 2017 12:34

Milestone birthdays have a tendency to get the mind racing. When I turned 40, I had a bit of a…

Fine wine overtakes classic cars as number one investment of passion

20 March 2017 11:29

‘Investments of passion,’ those objects of desire that are nice to own but will also hopefully rise in value. When…

Best Buys: Variable Rate Cash ISAs

17 March 2017 12:39

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Variable Rate Cash ISAs.

House prices now more than seven times income

17 March 2017 12:33

There are many things that beggar belief. The enduring popularity of Mrs Brown’s Boys for one. A continued appetite for…

Assayas’ Personal Shopper is slick, unnecessarily complex and totally irrelevant

16 March 2017 16:18

Creaking doors, rustling leaves and leaky taps make up the soundtrack of Olivier Assayas’ improbable horror film Personal Shopper. But…

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…

The retreat on National Insurance will do little to bolster the confidence of the self-employed

16 March 2017 13:24

U-turn, flip-flop, whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Philip Hammond’s policy reversal…

Books Podcast: Michael Morpurgo

16 March 2017 12:06

In this week’s books podcast we have an interview with the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo in which he talks…

How to get the best deal on your travel money

16 March 2017 11:45

It’s one month until Easter and if you’re planning to make the most of the long weekend or the school…

The new era of pension freedom is a boon to the Treasury

14 March 2017 11:10

Savers cashing in their pension pots has led to the government raking in almost twice the tax it estimated the…

The self-employed power Britain. Tax them more at your peril, Philip Hammond

13 March 2017 12:56

Claudio Ranieri will go down in footballing folklore as the individual who accomplished mission impossible by winning modest Leicester City the…

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Susan Hill’s betting tips

13 March 2017 10:07

For 23 years I lived in the North Cotswolds, heart of National Hunt racing country, where March comes round with…

Spectator competition winners: ‘This day is called the Feast of Tony Blair…’

12 March 2017 10:24

The invitation for poems making the case for a national commemoration day for a person or thing of your choice…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer made me the man I am

11 March 2017 16:10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned 20 yesterday, which will make millennials feel as old as the actors who supposedly passed for…