Spectator Money

Why the crackdown on cash makes me uneasy

21 February 2019 13:08

Banks are trying to change our ways. Our own recently wrote to tell us that it will no longer send…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

19 February 2019 12:10

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

The cautionary tale of Andrea Orcel

14 February 2019 19:51

There’s a lesson for all boardrooms — and an echo of the lost era of big-bucks, big-ego banking — in…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 February 2019 18:05

This week’s Best Buys are one year fixed-rate ISAs. Even if you have opened one in the previous tax year,…

Welcome to the Year of the Pig

12 February 2019 17:35

Happy Chinese New Year, or at least let’s hope so. The chubby pig of 2019 is an obvious symbol of…

Forget the backstop. Business is doing what it does best: making decisions and investing

7 February 2019 22:49

With 31 working days until negotiations time out, Theresa May has been selling her vision for post-Brexit Britain to businesses…

Best Buys: Regular savings accounts

5 February 2019 18:49

The interest on all bank accounts has taken a big hit in recent years, but some certainly offer better rates…

We need to change the outdated perception of flexible working

5 February 2019 16:08

It’s been almost two decades since the UK Government first introduced the right to request flexible working for parents and…

Will the rise of veganism turn us into a nation of current account switchers?

4 February 2019 11:59

We’re meant to be a nation of pioneers. Back in the seventeenth century we set sail in search of exotic…

Is it time for a Brexit recipe book?

1 February 2019 12:01

What to do about the coming shortage of green groceries of which several supermarkets warned yet again this week if…

We should salute the very rich who stay onshore and pay their taxes

1 February 2019 11:20

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

Best buys: Five year and over fixed rate mortgages

29 January 2019 17:23

If you’re looking to buy a property in the near future then this week’s Best Buys – of five year…

Davos’s guilty secret

28 January 2019 15:01

Somehow I had managed more than a quarter of a century in journalism without ever going to Davos. It had…

British politicians have some lessons to learn from Jersey

23 January 2019 21:56

Let’s be honest: when most of us think about Jersey the words ‘tax’ and ‘avoidance’ come quickly to mind. Okay,…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

22 January 2019 15:16

If you’re after an account that allows you to access your money whenever you fancy, then an easy access account…

Is the UK auto industry only struggling because of Brexit?

17 January 2019 18:57

The popular new narrative for the UK auto industry is that its troubles are only temporarily to do with Brexit…

Is there no-one in the universities sector who can do arithmetic?

17 January 2019 18:41

This week, Universities UK and the Russell Group, seemingly speaking on behalf of the whole sector, produced an Open Letter…

Has the single currency proved its worth?

15 January 2019 16:22

Against a background of drooping eurozone growth (the consensus forecast is 1.6 per cent this year) I met no one…

Best Buys: One year fixed rate bonds

15 January 2019 14:35

A fixed rate bond can earn you more interest than a notice or easy access savings account, but it does…

What might Brexit mean for the fight against money laundering?

14 January 2019 18:08

Looking at the past year, it’s evident that 2018 saw some incredibly high-profile cases of money laundering. For offenders to…

The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man

11 January 2019 14:19

Whenever I find myself visiting some great historic house, I always like to break off from gawping at tapestries to…

RBS are doling out £775 million to their competitors. This is a genius move

9 January 2019 16:44

The European Commission likes playing hard ball. Back in 2009 it decided that a bloated RBS had to sell off…

Why economics is anthropologically tone-deaf

8 January 2019 12:01

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting,…

Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate mortgages

8 January 2019 10:38

If you’re looking to buy a property in the New Year, this week’s Best Buys – of two-year fixed rate…

Satisfied clients or hefty fees – what really makes mortgage brokers tick?

14 December 2018 14:11

There’s something really safe and reassuring about the saying ‘same old, same old’. And while we may live in volatile…