Spectator Money

Has the single currency proved its worth?

15 January 2019 16:22

Against a background of drooping eurozone growth (the consensus forecast is 1.6 per cent this year) I met no one…

Best Buys: One year fixed rate bonds

15 January 2019 14:35

A fixed rate bond can earn you more interest than a notice or easy access savings account, but it does…

What might Brexit mean for the fight against money laundering?

14 January 2019 18:08

Looking at the past year, it’s evident that 2018 saw some incredibly high-profile cases of money laundering. For offenders to…

The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man

11 January 2019 14:19

Whenever I find myself visiting some great historic house, I always like to break off from gawping at tapestries to…

RBS are doling out £775 million to their competitors. This is a genius move

9 January 2019 16:44

The European Commission likes playing hard ball. Back in 2009 it decided that a bloated RBS had to sell off…

Why economics is anthropologically tone-deaf

8 January 2019 12:01

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting,…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

8 January 2019 10:38

If you’re looking to buy a property in the New Year, this week’s Best Buys – of two-year fixed rate…

Satisfied clients or hefty fees – what really makes mortgage brokers tick?

14 December 2018 14:11

There’s something really safe and reassuring about the saying ‘same old, same old’. And while we may live in volatile…

Best Buys: Unsecured personal loans

14 December 2018 14:09

Personal loans, or unsecured loans, allow you borrow a sum of money and pay it back over a set time…

Best Buys: Two year fixed-rate bonds

4 December 2018 17:42

Fixed rate bonds can allow you to earn interest at a set rate for a certain amount of time. Here…

How do we ensure women aren’t penalised for becoming parents?

30 November 2018 14:09

There’s a moment of realisation that comes to all parent’s post-baby: the flash back to those thoughts we all have…

Best Buys: Regular savings accounts

27 November 2018 16:43

Regular savings accounts mean you have to commit to paying in a certain amount every of month – but they…

Dear Mary’s money matters

22 November 2018 22:05

Dear Mary answers some of your financial dilemmas: Q. A friend’s niece who got her first job last year and…

The sinister rise of BlackRock asset manager

22 November 2018 15:01

A few months ago, an aggressive US pressure group called the Campaign for Accountability declared that it had a new…

Brexit negotiators need to focus on our fishermen

22 November 2018 14:27

I listen in despair to Brexiteers’ dismissals of pleas from business for a settlement that allows them to plan beyond…

Best Buys: Cashback credit cards

20 November 2018 16:27

If you’re on the hunt for a new credit card – and you’re planning on paying off your card every…

The UK has a great future in high-value manufacturing – but changes are needed

16 November 2018 11:09

The opening of McLaren’s new production facility in Rotherham may have been rich in pomp and ceremony – a 3,850…

Best Buys: Five-year fixed rate mortgages

13 November 2018 16:15

Looking to put a foot on the housing ladder soon? This week’s best buys – of five-year fixed rate mortgages…

There’s no reason why there should be empty shops in Britain’s high streets

13 November 2018 16:10

If you care about your local community, you can’t help but feel disheartened at the sight of a closing store.…

Is Mike Ashley the only person on a mission to keep bricks-and-mortar retailing alive?

12 November 2018 12:35

I dreamed I saw a monster advancing through a devastated town centre, mighty footsteps shaking semi-derelict buildings. I awoke in…

If Jo Johnson is so worried about financial services, he should back Brexit

10 November 2018 18:22

Jo Johnson has noticed that Theresa May has managed to unite the country, in that both Leavers and Remainers worry…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

6 November 2018 16:15

If you have savings that you quite fancy putting away for a rainy day, but want to have access to…

Has HMRC done enough to solve the botched implementation of child benefit charges?

6 November 2018 11:56

You’ve just had a baby. Life is upside down, but in a good way. A couple of months in, you…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

31 October 2018 18:55

0% balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest on your existing balance. Here…