Spectator Money

Is the UK auto industry only struggling because of Brexit?

17 January 2019 18:57

The popular new narrative for the UK auto industry is that its troubles are only temporarily to do with Brexit…

Is there no-one in the universities sector who can do arithmetic?

17 January 2019 18:41

This week, Universities UK and the Russell Group, seemingly speaking on behalf of the whole sector, produced an Open Letter…

Has the single currency proved its worth?

15 January 2019 16:22

Against a background of drooping eurozone growth (the consensus forecast is 1.6 per cent this year) I met no one…

Best Buys: One year fixed rate bonds

15 January 2019 14:35

A fixed rate bond can earn you more interest than a notice or easy access savings account, but it does…

What might Brexit mean for the fight against money laundering?

14 January 2019 18:08

Looking at the past year, it’s evident that 2018 saw some incredibly high-profile cases of money laundering. For offenders to…

The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man

11 January 2019 14:19

Whenever I find myself visiting some great historic house, I always like to break off from gawping at tapestries to…

RBS are doling out £775 million to their competitors. This is a genius move

9 January 2019 16:44

The European Commission likes playing hard ball. Back in 2009 it decided that a bloated RBS had to sell off…

Why economics is anthropologically tone-deaf

8 January 2019 12:01

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting,…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

8 January 2019 10:38

If you’re looking to buy a property in the New Year, this week’s Best Buys – of two-year fixed rate…

Satisfied clients or hefty fees – what really makes mortgage brokers tick?

14 December 2018 14:11

There’s something really safe and reassuring about the saying ‘same old, same old’. And while we may live in volatile…

Best Buys: Unsecured personal loans

14 December 2018 14:09

Personal loans, or unsecured loans, allow you borrow a sum of money and pay it back over a set time…

Best Buys: Two year fixed-rate bonds

4 December 2018 17:42

Fixed rate bonds can allow you to earn interest at a set rate for a certain amount of time. Here…

How do we ensure women aren’t penalised for becoming parents?

30 November 2018 14:09

There’s a moment of realisation that comes to all parent’s post-baby: the flash back to those thoughts we all have…

Best Buys: Regular savings accounts

27 November 2018 16:43

Regular savings accounts mean you have to commit to paying in a certain amount every of month – but they…

Dear Mary’s money matters

22 November 2018 22:05

Dear Mary answers some of your financial dilemmas: Q. A friend’s niece who got her first job last year and…

The sinister rise of BlackRock asset manager

22 November 2018 15:01

A few months ago, an aggressive US pressure group called the Campaign for Accountability declared that it had a new…

Brexit negotiators need to focus on our fishermen

22 November 2018 14:27

I listen in despair to Brexiteers’ dismissals of pleas from business for a settlement that allows them to plan beyond…

Best Buys: Cashback credit cards

20 November 2018 16:27

If you’re on the hunt for a new credit card – and you’re planning on paying off your card every…

The UK has a great future in high-value manufacturing – but changes are needed

16 November 2018 11:09

The opening of McLaren’s new production facility in Rotherham may have been rich in pomp and ceremony – a 3,850…

Best Buys: Five-year fixed rate mortgages

13 November 2018 16:15

Looking to put a foot on the housing ladder soon? This week’s best buys – of five-year fixed rate mortgages…

There’s no reason why there should be empty shops in Britain’s high streets

13 November 2018 16:10

If you care about your local community, you can’t help but feel disheartened at the sight of a closing store.…

Is Mike Ashley the only person on a mission to keep bricks-and-mortar retailing alive?

12 November 2018 12:35

I dreamed I saw a monster advancing through a devastated town centre, mighty footsteps shaking semi-derelict buildings. I awoke in…

If Jo Johnson is so worried about financial services, he should back Brexit

10 November 2018 18:22

Jo Johnson has noticed that Theresa May has managed to unite the country, in that both Leavers and Remainers worry…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

6 November 2018 16:15

If you have savings that you quite fancy putting away for a rainy day, but want to have access to…

Has HMRC done enough to solve the botched implementation of child benefit charges?

6 November 2018 11:56

You’ve just had a baby. Life is upside down, but in a good way. A couple of months in, you…