Spectator Money

Would the real St Patrick have appreciated the contemporary marketisation of his Saint’s day?

20 March 2019 12:11

St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is now regarded as a prime opportunity for Irish politicians to travel abroad on…

Best Buys: 0% introductory purchase rate credit cards

19 March 2019 15:30

A purchase credit card is often the cheapest way to borrow – but make sure you pay back what you’ve…

Martin Vander Weyer’s stock picks for the post-Brexit era

17 March 2019 15:34

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…

Best Buys: Variable cash ISAs

14 March 2019 16:03

If you don’t want your money to be locked away for a set amount of time, or to make additional…

Top tips for when you’re learning to trade

14 March 2019 14:47

Trading the stock or forex markets can seem like a panacea for all your problems; you can set your own…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

6 March 2019 16:46

Thinking of remortgaging your home, or perhaps a second property? Here are some of the best remortgage rates on the…

Investing: Why Brexit doesn’t matter and the unexpected impacts it may have on your investments

5 March 2019 10:45

The markets are volatile, well at least more volatile than they have been. The FTSE 100 index has already had…

Why zero deposit mortgages will make the gap between rich and poor worse

27 February 2019 11:17

A common opinion in today’s media is that millennials have it all – flexibility in jobs, a greater freedom to…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

27 February 2019 11:09

0% Balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest, and allowing you to be…

In normal times, the government would be boasting of falling unemployment

22 February 2019 12:34

At any other time, news that Honda intends to close its Swindon plant in two years’ time with the loss…

It’s perverse to celebrate the cancellation of Amazon’s ‘HQ2’

22 February 2019 12:11

My hopes of an invite from Jeff Bezos to the opening of Amazon’s proposed but now cancelled ‘HQ2’ at Long…

Why the crackdown on cash makes me uneasy

21 February 2019 13:08

Banks are trying to change our ways. Our own recently wrote to tell us that it will no longer send…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

19 February 2019 12:10

Most bank accounts on the market offer next-to-nothing in terms of interest, but some are better than others! Here are…

The cautionary tale of Andrea Orcel

14 February 2019 19:51

There’s a lesson for all boardrooms — and an echo of the lost era of big-bucks, big-ego banking — in…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 February 2019 18:05

This week’s Best Buys are one year fixed-rate ISAs. Even if you have opened one in the previous tax year,…

Welcome to the Year of the Pig

12 February 2019 17:35

Happy Chinese New Year, or at least let’s hope so. The chubby pig of 2019 is an obvious symbol of…

Forget the backstop. Business is doing what it does best: making decisions and investing

7 February 2019 22:49

With 31 working days until negotiations time out, Theresa May has been selling her vision for post-Brexit Britain to businesses…

Best Buys: Regular savings accounts

5 February 2019 18:49

The interest on all bank accounts has taken a big hit in recent years, but some certainly offer better rates…

We need to change the outdated perception of flexible working

5 February 2019 16:08

It’s been almost two decades since the UK Government first introduced the right to request flexible working for parents and…

Will the rise of veganism turn us into a nation of current account switchers?

4 February 2019 11:59

We’re meant to be a nation of pioneers. Back in the seventeenth century we set sail in search of exotic…

Is it time for a Brexit recipe book?

1 February 2019 12:01

What to do about the coming shortage of green groceries of which several supermarkets warned yet again this week if…

We should salute the very rich who stay onshore and pay their taxes

1 February 2019 11:20

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

Best buys: Five year and over fixed rate mortgages

29 January 2019 17:23

If you’re looking to buy a property in the near future then this week’s Best Buys – of five year…

Davos’s guilty secret

28 January 2019 15:01

Somehow I had managed more than a quarter of a century in journalism without ever going to Davos. It had…

British politicians have some lessons to learn from Jersey

23 January 2019 21:56

Let’s be honest: when most of us think about Jersey the words ‘tax’ and ‘avoidance’ come quickly to mind. Okay,…