Debt

Corbyn supporters are peddling ‘fake economics’

3 June 2017 16:47

Labour have been up-in-arms this weekend about a viral Conservative campaign video, which used some dubious editing to suggest that Corbyn…

How to check, amend and repair your credit record

4 May 2017 10:58

When was the last time you checked your credit history? This vitally important information can seriously affect many aspects of…

We should teach infants about the value of money

2 May 2017 11:45

On the one hand, perhaps he should only be thinking about football, Minecraft, his Lego Millennium Falcon and whether he…

New rules aim to help people with persistent debt

3 April 2017 12:32

There’s no panacea for the nation’s credit card debt – but the Financial Conduct Authority is having a go at…

Are we heading for another credit-fuelled debt crisis? New figures show household debt at record high

30 March 2017 12:09

The Bank of England is concerned that banks and building societies may have made it too easy to borrow money…

Short-term lending isn’t black and white: make sure you read the small-print

8 February 2017 13:25

As a Newcastle United fan, it was a bleak day when the Magpies announced a sponsorship deal with payday lender,…

Overdone it on the overdraft? Help is at hand

23 January 2017 12:28

After being been paid a week or two early due to Christmas, and then shelling out on festive gifts and…

We must improve financial education in schools

14 November 2016 12:36

When I was at school in the, er, 1980s, there was no such thing as financial education. Yes, we had…

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences

1 September 2016 11:27

If a pal turned to you for financial help, would you lend a hand? If you have the cash it’s…

When it comes to debt, Charles Dickens offers good financial advice

27 July 2016 13:26

I always feel sorry for Marley’s ghost in Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol.’ He wore a heavy chain he had…

The pre-payday pinch: how to manage your finances

19 July 2016 10:42

Are you skint? Is payday merely a blip in the month, a day where you make your minimum credit card repayment,…

Drowning in debt? You’re not the only one

1 July 2016 11:29

Take a look in you wallet. As well as your debit card, receipts and photos of loved ones, what else…

Lenders are forcing people into a vicious cycle of deepening debt

10 June 2016 11:05

When you drift into debt, it’s not easy to get out of it. Many end up in financial trouble for…

Is the cashless society a good thing? Definitely not

24 May 2016 10:23

On a quiet news day, not much happens if you’re a reporter. It’s tempting to sit back, surf the internet,…

Debt-free in retirement? Dream on

12 April 2016 10:44

My parents are lucky. They’re in their 60s, mortgage-free and not bogged down by any personal loans. But if new…

Osborne looks set to miss his deficit target – again

21 October 2015 10:22

After disappointing figures last month, public borrowing in September came in lower than forecast, at £9.4bn, figures published by ONS…

Osborne’s welcome conversion to the advantages of a budget surplus

10 June 2015 15:01

There should always be celebration when a sinner repents, and so it’s great to see George Osborne’s belated conversion to…

Deficit? What deficit? Labour candidates ignore key issue

10 April 2015 16:06

Ed Miliband famously forgot to mention the deficit in his 2014 conference speech, but you would have thought that at…

Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David…

How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government…

The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04

In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia.…

People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party…

Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish

6 August 2014 12:58

Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to…

Britain’s banks fail the poor

28 July 2014 11:36

Britain’s banks aren’t working for the poor. We, the better off, might moan when our internet banking crashes or in-branch…

Interest rates are poised to rise – which means we’ll find out how much of the recovery is real

13 June 2014 16:10

Mark Carney’s hefty hint that interest rates could rise sooner than markets anticipate is politically awkward but important, as until…