Spectator Money

Carillion’s catastrophe is not a parable of the evils of outsourcing

19 January 2018 17:53

This is an extract from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any other business’ column in this week’s Spectator.  Carillion is a disaster…

Are young Londoners financially squeezed?

18 January 2018 18:27

London, along with other capital cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Kyoto are thought to be one of the most expensive…

The world has gone whisky mad

17 January 2018 19:29

Last September, Henry Jeffreys wrote in these very pages about the trend for rare whiskies and how – if you’re…

Best Buys: Variable rate cash ISAs

16 January 2018 16:59

The ISA limit for this year is set at £20,000, and with many bank accounts offering minimal interest, it might…

Has the era of low inflation really come to an end?

16 January 2018 11:00

How many times have you heard in recent months that the era of low inflation is at an end?  The…

In defiance of all gloomy predictions, the global economy begins this year in its healthiest state ever

15 January 2018 17:41

This piece first appeared as the leading article in this week’s Spectator magazine. It is only a few months since…

The gig economy needs solutions that benefit both itself and its workers

12 January 2018 17:29

2018 will be a crucial year for the gig economy in the UK. Only a couple of months ago, the…

Does Michael Gove really have farmers’ best interests at heart?

11 January 2018 17:00

The farming community was hoping, until a few days ago, that Michael Gove might be moved to pastures new in…

What can we do to minimise our household bills?

10 January 2018 20:38

Is the only reason Dry January is so popular because people tend to drink a little too much over the…

Best Buys: High interest current accounts

9 January 2018 11:45

This week’s Best Buys are high interest current accounts: Data supplied by moneyfacts.co.uk

Flying round the world? Make sure you do your research

8 January 2018 17:51

For some reason, I decided to go to the other side of the world for Christmas. I may never do…

Is pet insurance a worthwhile investment?

5 January 2018 19:03

We are famously a nation of animal lovers, so I suppose it’s not too surprising that one in two British…

There’s one common thread in all these stories about Bitcoin’s success…

4 January 2018 13:53

Over Christmas, Bitcoin has continued to generate crazy headlines — and crazy profits for those smart enough to sell at…

Best Buys: Unsecured five-year loans of £10,000

2 January 2018 15:53

It’s easy to overdo the Christmas spending – but what if you’ve really blown the budget? Here are this week’s…

Is the sharing economy putting the brakes on traditional car ownership?

21 December 2017 13:18

The traditional notion of car ownership is under threat. Tech innovation, the sharing economy, and the soaring cost of running…

Arlene Foster on the Northern Irish economy, Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn

20 December 2017 17:30

Arlene Foster has been the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) since December 2015, and the Member of the…

Best Buys: Savings accounts for children

19 December 2017 11:57

With Christmas – and its potential for gifts of money from generous Godparents – fast approaching, now is a great…

2017: The best and the worst of the year that was

15 December 2017 12:49

And so to my annual awards. Best business recovery of 2017: Lloyds Banking Group, which returned from the bailout sin-bin…

What does 2018 have in store for investors?

14 December 2017 17:50

As 2017 fades into the distance with its ongoing Brexit negotiations, a falling pound and a rising Bitcoin, will there…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 December 2017 17:57

Fixed rate ISAs are a good way of making sure you have some cash put to one side for a…

Are millennials more frugal than we give them credit for?

11 December 2017 20:30

We hear it all the time that millennials are too busy spending to bother saving. Those of us who live…

We need to bridge Britain’s productivity gap

7 December 2017 17:01

The UK has a big productivity problem. Our slowdown since the financial crisis has been more severe than in other…

Could investing in website names make you an internet millionaire?

6 December 2017 18:14

With the savings of the nation languishing around 1%, it’s no surprise that UK consumers are turning to increasingly creative…

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

5 December 2017 14:08

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

It’s rural customers and the elderly who will be most affected by RBS’s latest closures

4 December 2017 17:22

On Friday, RBS announced plans to close 259 of its bank branches. That’s a quarter of its outposts. 62 of…