Spectator Money

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,…

The Roundup case could have hidden consequences

17 August 2018 11:24

The award by a Californian court of $289 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a groundsman who claimed the weedkiller Roundup…

Best Buys: 2 year fixed-rate bonds

16 August 2018 15:37

If you’ve got a chunk of money that you don’t mind having locked away for a set amount of time,…

What the range of entries for the Economic Disruptor of the Year Award tells us about British entrepreneurial talent

13 August 2018 16:14

Let’s remind ourselves what we mean by ‘disruptor’. A truly disruptive business revolutionises its marketplace by delivering radical improvements in…

What does the future look like for Apple?

8 August 2018 15:55

In case you missed it,  Apple’s market capitalisation has now hit the $1trillion mark – something which is as mind boggling…

Valuations of tech stocks have become insanely high

7 August 2018 17:21

What are we to make of a 19 per cent fall in both Facebook and Twitter shares at the end…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

7 August 2018 15:26

Finding a savings account that allows you to collect any interest at all – while still having access to your…

Tell us your broadband woes

6 August 2018 13:07

My anecdote last week about upgrading to BT’s ‘superfast’ broadband provoked several readers, unasked, to tell me their own unsatisfactory…

Two steps back: the Taylor Review one year on

1 August 2018 13:34

Citizens of nowhere. ‘Keeping pace with the changing world of work’. Two phrases you might just about remember from 2016,…

We need to reimagine the UK’s coastal communities into a coastal powerhouse

26 July 2018 17:23

The British public vote for Brexit sent shockwaves around major cities throughout the globe. However, in many of our coastal…

Best Buys: First time buyer mortgage rates

24 July 2018 16:26

If you’re looking to take your first steps onto the property ladder, this week’s Best Buys – from data supplied…

How ‘safe’ is the Bank of England?

20 July 2018 11:16

‘Safe as the Bank of England.’ So goes the old phrase. And yes, with walls 8ft thick, the Old Lady…

The importance of ethical banking

20 July 2018 10:47

When I first visited Canary Wharf in the early 1990s, I was struck by a set of black-and-white posters in…

Is there money to be made from the blockchain hype?

17 July 2018 18:59

It is said that the story of diamond mining in South Africa began with someone who inadvertently kicked a large…

Why is Theresa May so dependent on Angela Merkel?

17 July 2018 10:00

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

Has UK productivity really seen a revival?

12 July 2018 11:23

Bank of England economists Will Holman and Tim Pike claim to have spotted a productivity revival, on the basis of…

Best Buys: Notice savings accounts

11 July 2018 11:55

Notice accounts require you to give advance notice of any plans to withdraw money – but at the same time,…

In 1986, Nicholas Coleridge predicted that the yuppies’ high life wouldn’t last

9 July 2018 12:56

This piece was first published in the ‘190 years of The Spectator’ special. 15 March 1986 It is difficult to…

How will the markets react to Trump’s upcoming talks?

5 July 2018 14:55

This week NATO meets. Mr Trump will want more progress with increasing spending by European allies. Many of them are…

Best Buys: Credit cards for use abroad

3 July 2018 10:52

If you’re going abroad for your summer holidays, you want to make sure that your credit card gives you the…

Don’t interfere with Britain’s charitable causes

28 June 2018 21:16

A new body called the Charity Tax Commission has been asked to look into the £3.7 billion tax reliefs given…

Defence of the realm

28 June 2018 18:08

The Defence Select Committee called for the defence budget to be raised by £17 billion a year, from just over…