Money

It’s good to share – and it could put money in your pocket

2 November 2016 12:25

Would you rent out your cat? What about your lawnmower? Or your driveway? That first one may not be practical…

Inflation, house prices, pensions and car insurance

2 November 2016 10:17

UK inflation will quadruple to about 4 per cent in the second half of next year and cut disposable income,…

Are you driven mad by nuisance calls? There are steps you can take to stem the tide

1 November 2016 11:42

Nuisance calls are the bane of my life – as are unprompted texts. They assault my mobile at all hours,…

Tax, energy bills, pensions and broadband

1 November 2016 10:10

HMRC is chasing almost £2 billion that may be owed in taxes by Britain’s wealthiest people, according to the public spending…

Mark Carney, car manufacturing and house prices

31 October 2016 11:47

A new day, a new Brexit consequence. Several papers lead with the possible stepping down of Mark Carney, Governor of…

Safe as houses? The real cost of a home burglary

31 October 2016 10:02

My heart aches for the one in eight people so traumatised by a burglary that they move house, for they…

Penny-pinching, the 21st century way: are we taking it too far?

28 October 2016 11:18

A growing number of Brits would rather throw a party than turn on the central heating a few days early,…

Pensions, RBS, current accounts and bonds

28 October 2016 9:45

Thousands of small companies have been fined for failing to enrol staff in a workplace pension as firms struggle to deal…

Are we ready for app-only bank accounts? A growing number of firms think so

27 October 2016 11:25

Bank staff might no longer recognise your face when you walk into a branch – but a banking app might.…

Car insurance, economy, pensions, PPI

27 October 2016 10:02

Car insurance premiums are continuing to rise as the AA’s latest British Insurance Premium Index shows the average premium for…

How to talk to your builder

26 October 2016 11:11

Television has a lot to answer for. The terrible reputation of the building trade for one. But not all builders…

PPI, gender gap, pensions and property

26 October 2016 9:58

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside a further £1 billion to pay compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). The…

Don’t let half-term break the bank

25 October 2016 12:55

My niece is four-years-old. It’s no exaggeration to say that her social life is better than mine – by some…

Savers, tax, pensions and sterling

25 October 2016 10:15

Savers looking for the stability of a fixed-rate account over the long term are facing pitiful returns as rates have…

Social investment is changing our economy

24 October 2016 11:59

Social investment is starting to transform the way that parts of our economy work. Social investments include loans and shares…

Payment protection insurance, nuisance calls and pensions

24 October 2016 10:14

Big banks are expected to take another £2 billion hit on payment protection insurance this week because of the longer…

A novel investment: why it pays to pay attention to the Man Booker Prize

21 October 2016 13:00

OK, I’ll admit it. I don’t like Margaret Atwood’s writing. In some circles, this is akin to saying you’re a…

Pensions, borrowing, gambling and credit cards

21 October 2016 10:12

Fears that workers’ savings have been put at risk in unsustainable and potentially fraudulent pension schemes have prompted the Government…

Are retirement villages the future? Spectator Money takes a closer look

20 October 2016 12:22

Imagine in later years being able to move to your ideal village, a bespoke village, which has everything you want…

Stealth tax, mortgages, BHS and energy

20 October 2016 10:16

Middle-class families are paying a ‘stealth tax’ of £10,000 a year for places in care homes for the elderly, according…

Inflation rise means more bad news for savers – but you can chase down a half-decent return

19 October 2016 11:45

So, inflation has gone up. Unexpectedly, it rose to a 22-month high of 1 per cent this week, with the full…

Annuities, unemployment, property and fraud

19 October 2016 10:15

The Treasury’s decision to abandon plans to let pensioners raise money by selling their annuities has been welcomed by the…

farmers

UK farmland: will the fields still be gold after Brexit?

18 October 2016 12:04

I first started tracking the farmland market in the UK at the turn of the century when I joined Farmers…

Inflation, self-employed, online fraud and housing

18 October 2016 10:12

The annual rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index rose to 1 per cent in September, according…

How to have the most wonderful Christmas time: rein in your spending

17 October 2016 12:28

There’s always one. One colleague, friend or family member who starts banging on about Christmas months in advance. One smug…