Spectator Money

The independent schools where fee assistance goes unused

28 February 2018 18:35

This piece was first published in Spectator Schools. In 2007, many of today’s young parents were either graduates or school-leavers…

Best Buys: Five year and over fixed-rate bonds

27 February 2018 15:46

For those of us with a decent amount of savings money going spare, investing a lump sum in a fixed…

Capitalism and KFC

22 February 2018 18:57

This week’s funniest parable of capitalism unravelling was the news that KFC had run out of chicken — or at…

The Bank of England’s life has been remarkably eventful

21 February 2018 17:35

This piece first appeared in the Christmas issue of The Spectator.  Hamilton, created by the remarkable Lin-Manuel Miranda, has brought…

Best Buys: 2 year fixed-rate ISAs

20 February 2018 15:22

If you’re thinking about investing your money in cash, but want a tax-efficient way to do that, this week’s Best…

Is a tax on property the solution to Britain’s housing problems?

19 February 2018 16:51

This letter was first printed in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Sir: Matthew Parris is correct (10 February). There is…

It pays to keep your wits about you when buying a classic car

16 February 2018 11:08

To a classic car buff, nothing can beat the sheer joy of owning one for yourself. But is there actually…

Building more houses won’t solve anything

14 February 2018 18:15

This piece first appeared in last week’s Spectator.  Britain does not have a housing shortage. We have a problem with…

Best Buys: Two year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages

13 February 2018 13:14

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

The Germans are right to be suspicious of government manipulation of money markets

12 February 2018 19:10

This piece was first published in this week’s issue of The Spectator. It is easy to mock the most strident…

The gig economy continues to thrive, but more must be done to tackle it 

9 February 2018 18:27

Theresa May announced on Wednesday that ‘We are proud to have record levels of employment this country but we must…

Why can’t anyone fix the problems with the East Coast mainline?

8 February 2018 16:07

Regular passengers on the East Coast mainline are inured to change — and baffled as to why this transport artery…

Why global leaders should keep their mouths shut

7 February 2018 19:56

Sometimes as an investor, you wish your Prime Minister or President would keep their thoughts to themselves. Perhaps hold off…

Best Buys: Two year fixed-rate mortgages

6 February 2018 12:40

Will 2018 be the year that you finally get round to buying a new house, or even become a homeowner…

The world of wealthy tight-fists

5 February 2018 19:15

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was worth an estimated £40 billion. Yet the eighth richest man in the world…

What companies, apart from Ikea, have made an egalitarian contribution to modern civilisation?

2 February 2018 17:43

Ingvar Kamprad, who died this week aged 91, was a tortured soul but a retail genius. As the founder of…

Is it possible to predict your financial future?

1 February 2018 13:46

Depending on how your personal finances are, the new financial year either fills you with dread or joy. Rising living…

How much could Dry January have saved you?

31 January 2018 19:41

January 31st means two things: firstly, the dreaded day on which your self-assessment tax return is due. And secondly –…

The cost of eating out

31 January 2018 19:03

Four Japanese tourists complained to police after their restaurant meal of fish, steak and water cost £243 per head in…

Best Buys: One year fixed rate bonds

30 January 2018 12:46

If you’ve got a chunk of money that you don’t mind having locked away for a set amount of time,…

Could Michael Gove be the one to fix Britain’s tax problems?

29 January 2018 18:05

Sir:  Sir James Dyson is right (Letters, 20 January). We need big farming; that is where our food comes from. But…

Blockchain offers a moment of brightness on these dull January days

26 January 2018 7:56

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

Is avoiding plastic making your grocery bills soar?

25 January 2018 19:06

There seem to be quite a few bogeymen doing the rounds at the moment, but plastic is one of them.…

How the word ‘gig’ found a new outlet in the gig economy

24 January 2018 18:18

In the same song where the brilliant lyricist Ian Dury gave the world the couplet, ‘I could be a writer…

We can have an efficient health service or one no one complains about. We can’t have both

24 January 2018 18:07

This piece first appeared in this week’s Spectator magazine.  Recently the NHS postponed a large number of non-urgent operations to…