Spectator Money

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…

Best Buys: Five-year fixed rate mortgages

26 June 2018 16:42

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

We need to embrace India’s love of retro British brands

25 June 2018 14:26

Whatever happened to Horlicks? Patented in Chicago in 1883 by British-born brothers William and James Horlick, the malted milk drink…

Should women be paid for doing the housework?

20 June 2018 22:19

According to a new study published by some feminist academics at the Australian National University, women risk damaging their health…

Best Buys: 0% balance transfer credit cards

19 June 2018 12:49

A 0% balance transfer credit card allows you to shift debt from expensive credit and store cards, and at the…

It’s not always true that bosses should walk the plank when something goes wrong

15 June 2018 12:16

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

Since Trump became President, US share markets have performed well. We need to understand why

14 June 2018 17:36

Some say that Mr Trump’s behaviour at the G7 meeting last week-end showed contempt for the international rules-based system that…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

12 June 2018 15:00

Remortgaging your home can be an excellent way of saving huge sums of money, or of releasing capital which might…

Does a tax rise make you work less? Or does it spur you to work harder?

8 June 2018 13:07

History records many well conceived and apparently logical grand plans for the betterment of mankind. Sadly such ideas almost always…

What have been the most expensive public inquiries in recent times?

8 June 2018 12:54

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could last years. What have been the most expensive public inquiries in recent…

Let’s hope RBS emerges as something worth owning shares in

7 June 2018 19:05

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

This week’s Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate ISAs

5 June 2018 11:16

If you’re thinking about investing your money in cash and want a tax-efficient way to do it, this week’s Best…

Pret A Manger is an excellent example of what British entrepreneurs do best

1 June 2018 9:19

I shop at WH Smith with gritted teeth but I positively salivate when I spot a Pret A Manger. Some…

Is money an appropriate wedding present?

31 May 2018 22:04

Dear Mary: I have been invited to the wedding of a distant relative through marriage, to her long-term partner. I…

Building societies are feeling the squeeze – but don’t discount these underdogs just yet

30 May 2018 19:41

Barely a month goes by without a new banking firm popping up. And while some are interesting, and a few…

No wonder our productivity looks permanently sickly

29 May 2018 16:59

With one state-imposed compliance exercise after another getting in the way of business, no wonder our productivity looks permanently sickly.…