Spectator Money

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…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

31 October 2018 18:55

0% balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest on your existing balance. Here…

The Chancellor must not betray business with another attack on the self-employed

26 October 2018 11:02

The Conservatives used to be known as the party of business. Theresa May still seems to be trying to keep…

What the Government can learn from Piers Morgan’s ‘papoosegate’

25 October 2018 20:25

When Piers Morgan called Daniel Craig an #emasculatedbond for carrying his daughter in a baby carrier, Twitter responded in the…

What can Monday’s Budget do to make business feel better?

25 October 2018 20:15

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

Why a four-day working week isn’t such a bad idea

25 October 2018 19:57

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

Correcting the FTSE

25 October 2018 19:55

The FTSE100 fell by more than 10%, which is generally regarded as a ‘correction’. How does that compare with other…

Best Buys: One-year fixed rate bonds

23 October 2018 17:22

Savers who are looking for a fixed return on their cash but who don’t want to invest over the longer…

From Faangs to Baangs – why it makes sense to go for gold

18 October 2018 15:59

The current stock-market correction has been steaming down the track since August and I claim no wisdom for having predicted…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

16 October 2018 18:01

Looking to get into the buy-to-let market? These five year fixed-rate mortgages might be of interest to potential investors. Data…

Philip Hammond must not use rising wages as an excuse for hiking taxes

16 October 2018 12:47

In two weeks’ time, Philip Hammond is expected to declare an ‘end to austerity’. Today’s figures on wage growth are…

The euro is the source of Macron’s troubles

16 October 2018 11:17

A new interior minister. A new agriculture and culture minister. There wasn’t, despite some speculation, a new prime minister, but…

As Trump cuts funding to the UNRWA, the EU must fill the vacuum

11 October 2018 22:26

On 31st August, in a move celebrated by Benjamin Netanyahu as a ‘blessed change’, the Trump administration announced it would…

Best Buys: High interest current accounts

9 October 2018 18:40

It’s hard to find a bank account that gives you any interest at all on your earnings – but there…

The Tories are wrong to ditch austerity

4 October 2018 15:42

Schools will finally get a bit more money. Nurses and policemen may at last get a proper pay rise. Local…

Why is the BBC blaming falling car sales on Brexit?

4 October 2018 13:16

Congratulations once again to the BBC’s anti-Brexit propaganda unit, for its news website headline this morning: “Car sales plunge as…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

2 October 2018 17:06

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

Why Brexit could be a boom time for Britain’s ports

2 October 2018 11:15

Anyone who has followed the news over the past 18 months could be forgiven for thinking that, in our ongoing…

John McDonnell is on a mission to destroy the free-market economy as fast as he can

28 September 2018 11:22

The least convincing thing said by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the Labour party conference in Liverpool was ‘I…