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Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

16 May 2019 21:07

Most bank accounts on the market offer next-to-nothing in terms of interest, but some are better than others! Here are…

Britain is good at infrastructure. It’s the bureaucracy which holds things up

10 May 2019 12:09

In 2012 I finished a meeting in Berlin and headed to Tegel airport. Apparently mine was a historic flight, since…

Sainsbury’s just needs a good grocer

10 May 2019 12:03

Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe faces a fight for his job after the Competition and Markets Authority ruled against his…

Beware of financial products described as ‘innovative’ or frictionless

3 May 2019 13:15

Over the last few years a steady stream of new financial firms have launched products and services meant to make…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

3 May 2019 13:12

0% Balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest, and allowing you to be…

‘Brexperts’ can earn £80 an hour explaining Brexit to those who are confused

2 May 2019 18:53

Due to several requests from befuddled citizens, the professional marketplace, Bidvine, are on the lookout for Brexit experts who can…

10 ways students can make extra money when home for the summer holiday

26 April 2019 11:15

When summer arrives and you’re faced with the beautiful reality of endless weeks in the sunshine (OK, wishful thinking), instead…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

23 April 2019 16:01

Thinking of remortgaging your home, or perhaps a second property? Here are some of the best remortgage rates on the…

Best Buys: Travel credit cards

17 April 2019 15:00

If you’re going away this Easter and are on a budget, it makes sense to ensure your money goes as…

Will France cut taxes and boost the economy in response to the protests?

12 April 2019 11:38

For 21 weeks now the Gilets Jaunes have taken to the streets of French cities to protest. It began as…

Why we should all be eating out more

11 April 2019 22:39

Trade associations are even better journalistic sources than talkative taxi drivers. If you want to know what’s happening in the…

How long, cold winters created the ‘mercantile capitalism’ of today

11 April 2019 22:21

At a dinner recently I was told the story of a Canadian billionaire (now defined in banking circles as someone…

Westminster’s Brexit obsession is the biggest danger for SMEs

11 April 2019 22:04

While the House of Commons increasingly becomes an echo chamber, thank goodness that outside of Westminster life continues for UK…

Best Buys: One year fixed rate business bonds

9 April 2019 18:35

Fixed rate business bonds can guarantee you a relatively high interest rate, as long as you are able to leave…

What might a jockey earn from riding in tomorrow’s Grand National?

5 April 2019 11:42

This Saturday, 600 million viewers are expected to tune in to watch The Grand National. Horse racing is the second…

We could emerge from Brexit as a nation of born-again entrepreneurs – if we invest

4 April 2019 21:39

Siemens’ UK HQ happens to be in Manchester, where I was glad to find contrary evidence last week that all…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

2 April 2019 11:48

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

What is Britain really good at these days?

29 March 2019 12:59

I invited you to suggest smaller companies that are ‘potential world-beaters’ for the next layer of stocks in our UK…

The real winner from ‘Brexodus’ will be New York

29 March 2019 12:21

How big is Brexodus — the flight of business and people from the City of London in parallel with our…

Would you be tempted by a 40-yr home loan? I know I would

26 March 2019 18:02

I remember it so well: the existential angst, the self-doubt, the bitter railing against intergenerational inequality, all of which preoccupied…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

26 March 2019 17:27

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

Would the real St Patrick have appreciated the contemporary marketisation of his Saint’s day?

20 March 2019 12:11

St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is now regarded as a prime opportunity for Irish politicians to travel abroad on…

Best Buys: 0% introductory purchase rate credit cards

19 March 2019 15:30

A purchase credit card is often the cheapest way to borrow – but make sure you pay back what you’ve…

Martin Vander Weyer’s stock picks for the post-Brexit era

17 March 2019 15:34

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…