Spectator Money

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…

Is ethical investment only for millennials and hipsters?

21 September 2018 11:19

In the ‘bad old days’ – namely before the late 20th century – it was traditionally the case that the…

John Law pioneered ideas about banking and monetary policy that are important to this day

19 September 2018 16:11

John Law was by any standards a quite remarkable man. At the apogee of his power in 1720, he was…

Top money tips for a new school term

13 September 2018 20:25

It’s that time of year again – the air is turning crisp and pencils are being sharpened. Back to school.…

Best Buys: Fixed-rate cash ISAs

11 September 2018 16:36

ISAs have fallen from grace in recent years, and are now being ignored by many savers. ‘One of the biggest…

Why do banks and governments seem to have learned nothing from the financial crash?

11 September 2018 10:20

With September marking a decade since the Lehman Brothers implosion, stand by for a slew of economic retrospectives. Any meaningful…

Should we be returning to the safe haven of gold?

6 September 2018 17:42

All good things must come to an end, including summer holidays and bull markets. The bull run in US shares…