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Finland’s Universal Basic Income experiment falls flat

25 April 2018 12:00

Should governments abolish their welfare states and replace them with a Universal Basic Income (UBI), paid to everyone, even billionaires,…

Best Buys: 5 year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages

24 April 2018 18:04

Buy-to-let property is still a popular investment choice for those who can afford it. Here are the best 5-year fixed…

Can WPP’s model survive without Martin Sorrell in charge?

23 April 2018 13:20

I said last week that WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell was in ‘a very exposed position’. Sure enough on…

Investing in zero-carbon shipping will only benefit the UK economy

19 April 2018 12:55

The shipping industry contributes around 2% of all global carbon emissions – a figure comparable to the entire CO2 emissions…

Best Buys: One-year fixed rate bonds

17 April 2018 12:13

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

How have the Russian oligarchs got away with swaggering around London for so long?

13 April 2018 12:17

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

How Friday the 13th affects peoples’ behaviour

13 April 2018 12:05

We Brits tend not to be as superstitious as those in some other countries; well at least that’s what I…

The price of art

13 April 2018 11:42

Monet spinner The National Gallery was criticised for charging £22 for an exhibition of Monet’s work, although the rest of…

It’s hard to believe the car insurance industry gets away with being so dodgy

12 April 2018 19:51

The car insurance industry is a racket: I think we all suspected that. But unless you’ve had personal experience of…

How space for rural enterprise became the latest property must-have

11 April 2018 16:09

Top of the wish list in the country estate and farm property market is space for rural enterprise. Whether the…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

10 April 2018 10:23

If you’re looking to move house or become a first-time homeowner any time soon, this week’s Best Buys – of…

Could the Russian economy benefit from some Roman history?

6 April 2018 17:48

The Russian economy is not in the greatest of shapes. That being the case, one would have thought friendly diplomatic…

What would a serious trade war between the US and China look like?

5 April 2018 18:23

This is an extract from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any Other Business’ column in this week’s Spectator. ‘Stocks plunge as China…

Best Buys: 0% introductory purchase rate credit cards

3 April 2018 12:33

Used properly, a purchase credit card is often the cheapest way to borrow – but make sure you pay back…

Increasing NI contributions would burden those who can least afford it

27 March 2018 14:25

This is an extract from this week’s Letters pages in The Spectator Sir: One objection to an increase in National…

You can no longer reduce wealth inequality by taxing income

23 March 2018 13:25

This piece first appeared in The Spectator The maximum amount you can save in an ISA for the tax year…

The knock-on impact of money laundering to wider society

21 March 2018 13:43

Serious and organised crime, from drugs and cybercrime to people trafficking, costs the UK economy an estimated £24 billion a year.…

Best Buys: Five year and over fixed-rate mortgages

20 March 2018 15:53

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

Is the UK uninvestable?

19 March 2018 16:23

It is always a pleasure to spend time in the company of Messrs Neil, Nelson and Forsyth. True to form,…

The American tax system is a one-way street

14 March 2018 18:20

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It contrasts two…

Best Buys: Notice accounts

13 March 2018 17:08

If you can afford not to have immediate access to the money in your account, then a notice account often…

Unilever’s decision on their future will be highly symbolic

12 March 2018 12:57

This is an extract from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any other business’ column, in this week’s Spectator.  Unilever, the consumer goods…

The return of volatility to stock markets is something to be celebrated, not feared

8 March 2018 12:43

A few tickets remain for The Chancellor’s Spring Statement and The Spectator’s economic and political outlook for 2018 and beyond…

The best and worst pension providers of 2017

7 March 2018 17:59

How do you go about choosing a pension plan? For many of us – especially if you are part of…

Best Buys: 0% introductory balance transfer rate credit cards

6 March 2018 16:27

If you have credit card balance on an existing account, you could save vast amounts of money by transferring that…