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Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

16 October 2018 18:01

Looking to get into the buy-to-let market? These five year fixed-rate mortgages might be of interest to potential investors. Data…

As Trump cuts funding to the UNRWA, the EU must fill the vacuum

11 October 2018 22:26

On 31st August, in a move celebrated by Benjamin Netanyahu as a ‘blessed change’, the Trump administration announced it would…

Best Buys: High interest current accounts

9 October 2018 18:40

It’s hard to find a bank account that gives you any interest at all on your earnings – but there…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

2 October 2018 17:06

If you’re on the hunt for a mortgage, a fixed rate one will at least ensure that your repayments stay…

Why Brexit could be a boom time for Britain’s ports

2 October 2018 11:15

Anyone who has followed the news over the past 18 months could be forgiven for thinking that, in our ongoing…

John McDonnell is on a mission to destroy the free-market economy as fast as he can

28 September 2018 11:22

The least convincing thing said by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the Labour party conference in Liverpool was ‘I…

Is ethical investment only for millennials and hipsters?

21 September 2018 11:19

In the ‘bad old days’ – namely before the late 20th century – it was traditionally the case that the…

John Law pioneered ideas about banking and monetary policy that are important to this day

19 September 2018 16:11

John Law was by any standards a quite remarkable man. At the apogee of his power in 1720, he was…

Top money tips for a new school term

13 September 2018 20:25

It’s that time of year again – the air is turning crisp and pencils are being sharpened. Back to school.…

Best Buys: Fixed-rate cash ISAs

11 September 2018 16:36

ISAs have fallen from grace in recent years, and are now being ignored by many savers. ‘One of the biggest…

Why do banks and governments seem to have learned nothing from the financial crash?

11 September 2018 10:20

With September marking a decade since the Lehman Brothers implosion, stand by for a slew of economic retrospectives. Any meaningful…

Should we be returning to the safe haven of gold?

6 September 2018 17:42

All good things must come to an end, including summer holidays and bull markets. The bull run in US shares…

What’s Wonga?

6 September 2018 17:21

Origins of Wonga The payday lender Wonga has gone into administration. How did ‘wonga’ come to be used as slang…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

4 September 2018 18:09

Buy-to-let property is still a popular investment choice for those who have the money to put down the deposit. Here…

Retirement is in crisis and employers, as well as employees, must plan for the future

3 September 2018 13:54

The idea of working 9-5 until you receive a gold watch at age 60 is dying out fast. Millennials seem to…

Wonga’s been dealt a knockout blow. So what now?

31 August 2018 11:41

After an eerily quiet year, payday loans are back in the headlines. The speedy demise of Wonga has sent shockwaves…

Business is suffering from Britain’s poor broadband

30 August 2018 21:36

As to public subsidy for broadband, the conclusion to be drawn from the DCMS report, though it may not please…

The facts about the Venezuelan economy

30 August 2018 21:12

Contrary to the impression given by Jason Mitchell, Venezuela does not have a socialist economy (‘Maduro’s madness’, 25 August). It…

Britain as an exporting superpower

29 August 2018 21:22

The International Trade Secretary says he is going to turn Britain into an ‘exporting superpower’. To which countries did we…

Best Buys: Five year fixed-rate mortgages

28 August 2018 17:06

If you’re on the hunt for a mortgage, a fixed rate one will at least ensure that your repayments stay…

Britain’s economy is not suffering as much as the doom-mongers insist

24 August 2018 12:35

This piece first appeared as the leading article in The Spectator.  Economies run on confidence — as Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Best Buy: Easy access savings accounts

21 August 2018 15:47

Although the interest rates are rarely as good, sometimes you want a savings account that allows you to access your…

Is a degree worth the debt?

17 August 2018 15:06

You’ll never get into a good university if you carry on like this.’ A haunting threat from school days past,…